Tuesday, March 31, 2015

L’oreal Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick Review

Even though I prefer owning very little makeup, I have a weakness for lipsticks. Since I'm an anti- hoarder and don't wear lipstick everyday, I only have 6 lippies - one red, two pink and three nude, all from different brands. Today, I'm reviewing L'oreal's Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick. The shade I have is Spring Rosette which is a dusty rose pink with fuschia undertones. More than the color, I'd rather review the lipstick, as different colors look different on different skin tones and complexions. So even if I talk about how pretty the pink is, someone a few shades darker than me might find it garish on them.

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick’s formula contains jojoba oil for moisture and comfort along with matte gel technology that gives an intense matte look to give a deep color pay-off while maintaining ultimate moisture and comfort. Its chic and sophisticated packaging is worth a mention too. The golden case comes with a small colored part that corresponds to the shade of the lipstick. When it comes to texture, these lipsticks are powdery matte and velvet and glide over the lips smoothly with a lightweight finish. It has fantastic pigmentation with a very good color payoff. A swipe or two are more than enough to cover your lips. What won me over about this range is its staying power. After applying it, I went out with my mom to a cafe and pigged out a lot of fried oily snacks (there I go again) and drank coffee, and ended it with a huge chocolate cupcake. A few hours later when I got home and glanced across the mirror, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the color hadn't faded at all. The original creamy lipstick had gone off from my lips thanks to all the food and coffee, but it had left behind a very prominent stain so my lips were still nice and pink! Also, it doesn't bleed or transfer because I don't remember seeing lipstick stains on the coffee mug either!

They're priced at Rs 899 each and they have a bunch of shades. If you're a lipstick lover, make sure you check out this range of lipsticks. After all, you're worth it! *Sorry I just had to put in the L'Oreal tag line hahaha*

Have you tried this range of lipsticks? If yes what was your experience?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

My Favorite Party Places In Pune

Continuing with the series of posts about the city, today I'm writing about my favorite lounge bars in Pune. There are lots of options for clubs, bars and lounges in the city, but these are my favorites where I go pretty often!

 High Spirits

 Home to misguided youth, wannabe adults and golden oldies, High offers solace to one and all thanks to cheap alcohol, great food and its rejuvenating ambience. You don’t need to be formal/dressed up/dressed down/ or presumptuous, just chill and gravitate over to Da High to let your hair down, if you have any left. High Spirits takes its music seriously and features top bands and djs from across the country along with a vast array of international artists. Besides these they also host stand up comedy nights almost every week. They have the longest running Karaoke in the city and host the city’s craziest theme parties. I can be found here pretty regularly!

Mix @ 36 

Situated in the Westin Hotel, Mix is the is the best next stop to head to once you're done partying at high. When a bar has a pool table & a foosball table & outdoor seating overlooking a river, there is not much more you can ask for. If you're in the mood to dance, the inner section has a dance floor otherwise, you can chill in the open air area outside and enjoy the weather! The drinks never disappoint and staff is always helpful. They also show various live sport events on a projector outside so you can watch the match as you party.

Stone Water Grill

Besides the fantastic food they offer, Stone Water Grill is also one of the best best lounge bars in Pune because of the tasteful decor and lighting of this sprawling property. The alfresco seating is very lounge and relaxed, with generous spaces and comfortable couches laid around neatly. Its chic lighting  makes it even more comfortable for both a romantic outing or a dinner with friends over a hearty conversation. Besides all this, they also offer unique cocktails and lots of interesting flavors.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Summer Sunglasses Carnival At Lenskart

Summer is here and a good pair of sunglasses is essential to protect your eyes and look stylish at the same time! The good news is that Lenskart is organizing India's biggest sunglasses carnival with more than 5,000 sunglasses by the best brands and attractive discounts on them so that you're prepared to face the summer in style. As you may know, Lenskart.com India's top online store for eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, prescription lens and powered sunglasses. They have a wide range of eyewear from various brands all across the world for men, women and children. Whether you're looking for a pair of aviators, cat eyed, wayfarer, oval, round or rectangular frame, Lenskart has got them all. 

 The site has detailed information about each frame type, material, bridge size, temple size and eye size. It also gives you a virtual try on option where you can upload your photograph and see how it looks on you. This tool is really cool as you can rotate and tilt your photo and the eyewear and place it perfectly to see whether it suits you. And in case you don't have a webcam there are various pictures of models of different face shapes which would give you a better idea of how it would look on you. This is a really stellar feature as it really helps customers clear all their doubts before making a purchase. If you're low on your budget, they even have an EMI option so that you can buy your favorite pair of sunglasses! 

This exclusive online event is happening from 28th to 31st March so make sure you take advantage of the fantastic discounts they have in store for you!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Avene Very High Protection Emulsion Review

Even though I complain about the heat all throughout the year I love Summer. There's something in the air which makes me happy at this time of the year. I was born in the peak of summer so I guess I'm a summer girl at heart. Summer calls for strappy tops so I am constantly on the lookout for an effective sunscreen as I drive a long distance in the harsh afternoon sun almost daily. You obviously know that sunscreen is extremely necessary in one's skincare regime, not only to prevents sunburn but also to avoid premature ageing and skin cancers. And in a hot and sunny country like India, one must use a sunscreen with the highest SPF (SPF50+) for effective protection. I discovered Avène thanks to a sample I got in My Envy Box and was very happy with their products. For those of you who don't know, Avène is an acclaimed French skincare brand that has been globally recognized and recommended by dermatologists for its range of products for sensitive skin. They've recently launched in India and have a sun care range that offers Very High protection for sensitive skin.

The product I've been using is the Eau Thermale Avène Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50  which provides broad-spectrum protection from UVA & UVB rays. Its water resistant, non-greasy, lightweight and gives a matte finish and is very safe for sensitive skin. It's patented formula contains a powerful and photostable anti-oxidant called Pre-Tocopheryl, which binds the free radicals created by oxidation of the skin and stops them from causing damage to the body’s cells, thus preventing the effects of ageing. It also slows melanin production. It also contains the acclaimed beauty blogger favorite Avène Thermal Spring Water which is known for its soothing and anti-irritant properties. In fact, Avène Thermal Spring Water is the basis for their entire skincare range, as it has a special composition which makes it effective at soothing sensitive skin, especially during and after sun exposure.

It comes in a squeezable tube that has a pump dispenser covered by a plastic cap which makes it travel friendly, hygienic and ensures that no product is wasted. This product is truly an emulsion - a white liquid with a consistency which is between that of a cream and a lotion; neither too thick, nor too runny.  It spreads easily on skin and two pumps are enough for the face and neck. After proper blending, it sinks into the skin completely, without leaving any whitish or ashy cast on the face. Its moisturizing yet non-sticky and gives skin a mattifying effect so it looks natural and nourished.

Price - 1250 INR for 50 ml tube

Avène is available in India at leading chemist stores in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida and Thane.    

To find a Store near you visit their website: http://www.aveneindia.com/ 

Have you used this or any other product by Avène? How did you like them?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Arm Party Time

I am not a big fan of necklaces or earrings so when it comes to jewelry, I'm all about the arm candy! I love bracelets and rings and whether you call it the "stack," the #armparty, or your #armcandy it is a striking definitely a way to accessorize that anyone can pull off! The best part for an arm party look is that you can go wild with your imagination and there's something for everyone no matter what your style is.

You can stack bracelets in different type of styles or go for the same type. You can also mix and match bracelets in different colors and materials. If you're confused about selecting bracelets, start with metallic ones with different hues of diamond and gemstones. You can also experiment with different designs as macrame, beaded, pave diamond or others. They can never go wrong with any outfit.

The arm candy bracelet can transform a simple outfit into a sparkly eye catching one thanks to the simple addition of interesting bracelets. This could be your style statement if you flaunt it regularly. Here are some elements that make up your arm party -

The watch: I don't wear watches as I rely on my phone for the time, but one can't ever go wrong wearing one! The market has an immense amount of watches in a wide variety of price points and styles so whether its Michael Kors, Guess or an online store, there are choices for everyone!

The link bracelet: These add a little bit of bling and class to every stack! They're super chic and I love the fact that they can match with any outfit.

The bangle: Here's the most versatile one of the lot that acts as a great filler. We have an insane amount of options when it comes to bangles and they're usually pretty cheap and are sold in sets so its easy to find cute bangles at great prices! Bangles are the perfect way to add color and pattern to your stack.

The cuff bracelet: These are simple and chic. Besides the fact that they are fabulous on their own, they can also be paired with other bracelets to make the perfect stack! I personally love metallic ones.

The dainty bracelet: Ah the cute dainty ones! These are great to add some sparkle or some color to your that can be worn in multiples to make a cute stack. They're also really lightweight and usually come in adorable colors so they are perfect if you want a feminine look!

Hope this guide was helpful for you. So, are you ready to get your arm party started? 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Outfit - Fringe Benefits

Summer is here and its been a while since I did an outfit post so here goes. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I absolutely adore kimonos and have loads of them. However, this fringed one is definitely my favorite. Its really lightweight and comfortable and I just love how the fringed hem and sleeves swish around as I walk. And of course, besides being totally apt for Coachella and being oh-so-boho, it's quite a head turner! Lately, I've been wearing a lot of light colors, so I teamed this one with a white bustier and crochet shorts.  

Kimono - Blackfive
Bustier - From China 
Shorts - Banggood
Bag - Promod

These photos were shot by my friend Akhil who has done a fantastic job as you can see. Check out more of his amazing photography at http://akhilsharmaphotography.com/

Friday, March 13, 2015

Femina Believe Launch In Pune

I'm quite a loser when it comes to makeup. I don't wear much of it and am a total non hoarder. At any given time, I probably have a maximum of 3 lipsticks in my dresser. That's about it. I also cringe when I think about the amount of makeup beauty bloggers have because I think I have psychological issues with owning tons of makeup. Anyway, so the reason I'm talking about my terrible makeup skills is that thanks to Femina Believe, I got a chance to attend a makeup workshop and improve my skills and learn a lot, besides meeting lots of lovely bloggers! Femina Believe is a learning academy for women specializing in workshops in make-up, personality development, communication skills and dining etiquette. Femina is a leading women’s magazine brand in my country and this initiative by them conducts short intensive workshops in a variety of subjects. These personality development workshops offer a unique learning experience thanks to their unrivalled curriculum, best in class Femina Believe trainers and warm and conducive learning environment.

I was invited for the launch of their first training center in Pune which gave me and fellow bloggers from the city the chance to attend a special make-up workshop keeping summer in mind. Our workshop was conducted by the super talented makeup artist Amrit Kaur who did a great job by teaching us a lot about makeup application, the best brands available in the market along with showing us four different type of looks that are perfect for summer. A close friend of mine has done a makeup course from her and she is BRILLIANT at applying makeup so you can just imagine how fantastic Amrit's work is. I also had a great time meeting other bloggers from the city.

Amrit recommended Makeup Forever HD foundations for an even base
Here's Amrit working her skills on the pretty blogger Shanaya, who also happens to be a DJ! How cool is that?
I'm just posting this one because my hair looks really nice here. Haha
Ah, only if I knew how to wear falsies! This is a fabulous pair by a brand called Ardell
A group pic with the lovely blogger ladies who were there
Oh and L'Oreal also decided to make us very happy and gifted us a cute little goodie bag, thus increasing my count of lipsticks! 

Femina Believe conducts a variety of different workshops that focus on styling, makeup and skincare, dining ettiquette, communication skills & body language. At present, workshops are conducted in Pune, Mumbai and Delhi. So if you want to improvise on your skills this summer, you know where to go! You can read more about them at www.feminabelieve.com 

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Schwarzkopf Letter To Women Contest!

To celebrate the special occasion of Women's day, Schwarzkopf has come up with an interesting contest called #LetterToWomen. All you need to do is express your feelings to any special lady in your life who you admire! Surprise her with a small token of love – the Schwarzkopf #LetterToWomen, which will remind her of your affection. The most touching message will be rewarded with a gift hamper by Schwarzkopf Professional.

Step 1: The participants need to like the Schwarzkopf India page and follow them on twitter

Step 2: Register on the #LetterToWomen Facebook App (i.e. the microsite https://www.lettertowomen.com/)

Step 3: Leave a Special Message for her. And we’ll surprise her with a gift and a personal message with a greeting card on your behalf

Step 4: The bloggers and participants need to use #LetterToWomen & #WinSchwarzkopfHamper in their letter

Schwarzkopf Professional will select a winner and give them a Schwarzkopf Professional gift hamper.  You must've noticed that I use a variety of Schwarzkopf products so this is one hamper worth winning!! 

Register. Thank Her. Get Gift Hamper!

Happy Women's Day!

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Sizzle Festival At The Hard Rock Cafe Pune

I am a big fan of sizzlers and was delighted to hit up Hard Rock Cafe’s Sizzle festival that features an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian sizzlers, cocktails and live band performances. This month long celebration is on at Hard Rock Cafes across India, offering a spread of delectable sizzlers along with bespoke cocktails to complement the food. I just visited Hard Rock Cafe Pune and tried a couple of sizzlers and lots of different delicious drinks.

Since it was ladies night, they had a selection of special Absolut vodka based cocktails for women and I tried a couple of them. The first drink I went for was a Dry Martini, that was nice and stiff and stirred to perfection. 

I started my meal with the Smoked Chipotle Pepper, Lime and Tequila Prawns which consisted of marinated grilled prawns on a bed of fajita vegetables, cheesy mashed potatoes topped with pico de gallo, served with a chilli cilantro sauce and garlic butter rice. The prawns were tender and fresh and went perfectly with the fresh and tangy flavors of the Pico de gallo, which is a fresh salad made from chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, and key lime juice. I also really liked the cheesy mashed potatoes that were really creamy and generously infused with cheese. Potato and cheese! What's not to love? (My dreams of being skinny are shattered once again!)

I was in an experimental mood, so I tried a fruity cocktail called the Metropolitan, which is a lot like a cosmopolitan, but uses Absolut Kurrant Vodka, which is one of my personal favorites. This one tasted just as good as it looked! 

Next up, we were in the mood for some meat so we had the Grilled steak with red wine and mushroom pepper sauce that features medallions of fillet Mignon Steak over exotic vegetables and barbeque onions, served with Merlot infused mushroom pepper Sauce, cheesy mashed potatoes and crispy potato wedges. The pepper sauce was really unique and had a very rustic smoky taste to it and well went with the roasted steak bits that were absolutely heavenly.  

I wasn't quite done drinking yet and moved on to the specially crafted Bacardi cocktails exclusively available during the sizzler festival. I chose the Great Eastern Daiquiri, an interesting drink that combines Bacardi with mangoes and also has savory notes of red chilli! I'm not very fond of sweet girly drinks, so I requested the bartender to make this one extra spicy. The contrasting flavors of sweet mango juice and fiery hot red chilli was a very nice one!

Keeping up with my monstrous appetite, I also tried the Oriental seafood delight which had assorted seafood stir fried in a tangy sambal olek sauce served on oriental vegetables served with noodles and cripsy nacho straws. The was probably the only disappointment of the lot. The seafood felt overcooked so it had become rubbery and chewy and we had a hard time figuring out whether we were eating prawns, squid, fish or chicken. However, the chef did apologize for the same and offered to make it again, but we were too full to eat more. 

The staff at Hard Rock Cafe ensured that we had a great time over good food and great drinks so I totally recommend you to go hit Hard Rock Cafe in your city and try out the Sizzle Festival which is on till the 20th of March! 

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