Hi there, my darlings! Please welcome me back from the land of the Walking Dead! WHEW! I tell you, the new year did not start off that great for yours truly. I caught the MOTHER of all colds/flus/whatevers and have been coughing my very lungs out since Christmas night. Antibiotics haven't helped, cough syrups have done nothing, and all the home remedies just left a bad taste in my mouth. But, finally, finally, a new medicine seems to be working and I seem to be coming out of this misery. Add to that these chilly temperatures (yes, even all the way here in India!) and the fact that it gets dark at something like 4 pm, I've been in quite the funk. So, what does a girl do when she's been miserable for way too long? Well, if you're a girl like me, at the first sign of recovery, you pamper yourself with some of your favorite, mood-uplifting beauty products. And of course, you share with your patient readers!


MASKS GALORE!

Cold weather and can do a number on our skin, leaving it lifeless and dull. Much like how I've been feeling lately. But if you're looking for a quick fix to brighten your day AND your skin, a good mask is the way to do!

I recently discovered the awesomeness that is the Blue Agave Mask from PUR Cosmetics. First of all, it's blue. The fact that it has a color might have absolutely nothing to do with its efficacy but it sure is fun to look at! And I'll take my fun anywhere I can find it! Add to that the fact that this dries to an even more fun sheet very reminiscent of all those childhood days spent peeling Elmer's glue off my hands and I've got a winner here.

The mask itself isn't just fun to play--it does help your skin. With refreshing ingredients like green tea and ginseng, it works to revive dull skin, leaving it feeling more vibrant and soft to the touch.




Next, let's not forget your eyes. If you have ever had sinus congestion, you know how painful the area under the eyes can get from the pressure build-up. A little warmth goes a long way in soothing that pain. Which is why I really liked these Gentle Steaming Eye Masks from MegRhythm. These warm up on contact, to soothe and hydrate the delicate under-eye area. Even when you're dying of sinus congestion!




When it comes to moisturizing, especially when I'm sick, I'll be the first to admit that I often slack off. And my skin pays the price. So, to make up for my transgressions, I often rely on the quick pick-me-up that is a good sheet mask. If you're looking for a wide variety of sheet masks (and masks in general) at a really affordable price, check out Miss Spa at Ulta. I highly recommend the Charcoal Detox Modeling Mask and the Red Wine Healing Sheet Mask--I mean, how could I resist?!




Or, bring out your inner child with these adorable sheet masks from Pretty Animalz, found at your local Target. Who can be blue when you have a sheet mask on that makes you looks like a panda?!




BODY CARE AT ITS BEST!

Is there anything better than a long, scaldingly hot shower in the dead of winter? I don't think so! But, for me personally, you can keep your minty body washes. Give me all the tropical, fruity scents that let me forget, for just those minutes in the shower, that it's an arctic tundra outside. Cue my love for the Tropical Dream Body Wash from Kneipp. Mango, starfruit, citrus notes. Everything to let you escape to a tropical paradise in the comfort of your bathroom!




I have just very recently discovered a new body care brand that I'm really loving. Le Couvent des Minimes has launched in the US through Amazon with a line of body products, packaged in a beautifully retro, apothecary-style look. I'm a HUGE fan of their Hiker's Foot Healer! Just what I need for a Winter night before bedtime--a foot massage with a luxurious, Shea Butter-infused cream that actually helps my ever-cracked heels.




FINISHING TOUCH...WITH FRAGRANCE!

Please tell me I'm not the only one who likes to wear at the very least a body spray or mist even when I'm lounging at home?! If you're like me, fragrance is a form of aromatherapy, immediately uplifting your mood with just a spritz or two. But, most fragrances can get pricey, if you don't catch a good sale. Lucky for us, Hard Candy has recently launched two very affordable new fragrance products, dubbed Pink and Black, at Walmart. You can find a lovely, floral scented Pink body mist or an equally enticing, fruity/floral blend Black Eau de Parfum, both for well under $15 each. Or vice versa! Take your pick!




So there you have it, my darlings! 7 beauty faves that are guaranteed to chase those Winter Blues away!


Do you have a beauty product that never fails to uplift your mood? Tell me in the comments section below! I always love to hear from you!









****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****



Hi there, my darlings! Happy, happy New Year! I, like many of you, am SO glad to leave 2017 behind...wayyyy behind! It's finally time to look forward to new beginnings, new adventures, new HOPE! And that can start with something small, like refreshing your stash in the new year. Whether it's a shiny bit of makeup to play with or a fresh color for your nails, it's all about the new! Perfect time to grab a few new shades from Zoya Nail Polish and Treatment  and my picks for the new year lie solidly within the Party Girls collection--after all, a little symbolism never hurt anyone!


The Party Girls collection consists of 5 lush cremes and 7 fun finishes (they are just too complex to fit into any cut-and-dry category).  Across the board, I found the formula of the cremes to be a dream to work with--just about all of them fully opaque in just 2 easy coats. As for the others, with the exception of a couple and you'll soon see why, 2 easy coats for full coverage. Unless specifically mentioned, all the swatches below show just 2 easy coats of each polish by itself, with 1 coat of topcoat on the middle and pinkie fingers, for the sake of comparison. I found all the shades to be very shiny on their own but if you have ridges on your nails, like I do, I definitely recommend a generous swipe of a good topcoat to refine the look.


Landon is described as "a mysterious, deep aubergine cream". Looking for the perfect Pantone color of the year purple? Well, look no further! This beautiful purple totally nails it! (See what I did there?! Hmm, hmm?)






Ming is described as "a sexy midtone, scarlet red cream". You can never go wrong with a classic red and really, can you ever have too many reds? Never, especially if they apply as beautifully as this beauty!






Danielle is described as "a deep, dark periwinkle cream". You know those Winter blues we're all feeling? Banish them with this happy blue!






Kelsey is described as "a muted, cerise pink cream". This pink is another shade to chase away those seasonal blues...besides, it's such a flattering pink!






Sheri is described as "a must-have midtone, garnet red cream". In hindsight, I should have gone with 3 coats of this crelly formula. Nevertheless, I love this rich red--although I may never get to wear it as the mothership seems to have taken quite a fancy to it!






Delaney is described as "a royal multichromatic (pewter, blue, purple, green), metallic flip".This one is such a chameleon--I love that it flashes such a myriad of colors in different lights, so much so that sometimes you're not quite sure WHAT color you're wearing!










Fallon is described as "a refined pearl, midtone, violet magenta".If you know me at all, you already know how I feel about this vivid magenta. Bring on the berry shades!






Nadia is described as "a buildable, sparkling, gingery gold metallic "disco" topper". While meant to be worn as a topper, I personally love layering polishes like this, just for the uber-glittery, magical effect. 3 coats rather than 2 for full opacity.










Solstice is described as "a sparkling persimmon orange metallic". This one leans a little pinker on me in real life than the pictures below show and the color in combination with the sparkle makes this beauty one of my faves of this collection.










Tawny is described as "a deep, coppery rose sparkling metallic". As with Nadia, I layered 3 coats for full opacity with this one and the effect did not disappoint! I could stare at this one for hours!










Blake is described as "a deep, refined pearl in sapphire blue". I was so surprised by this one--in regular old apartment lighting, this one is so dark that I could have sworn it was a black. Imagine my surprise and delight when it turned out to be this gorgeous blue! Another one of my faves from this collection!










Isadora is described as "a rich, refined pearl in magenta plum". Last but definitely not the least, this. Hands-down my absolute fave of this collection, I am utterly in love with this shade of purple. In fact, my last pedicure was with this color and I may just repeat it on my next!










So there you have it, my darlings! The Zoya Party Girls collection is available now on Zoya's website HERE for the price of $10 for a full-size, 0.5 oz bottle or $60 for each set of 6.


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Which of these beautiful new shades do you want to rock out with in 2018? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below!











****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****



Hi there, my darlings! Another day closer to the Holiday week and time for another Holiday Gift Guide! It's already pretty late in the week and if you're still frantically holiday shopping...then you're just like me! So, today, I'm going to share a no-brainer gift for beauty lovers--PALETTES! If there's one thing the beauty obsessed constantly crave, it's a good palette. Whether it's a must-have eyeshadow palette or the latest highlighter palette. we're spoilt for choice! So, how does one choose?! For me, it's easy! I go for bright, bold eyeshadows colors so I look for easy application, minimal fall-out and fabulous pigmentation. As for highlighter palettes, I look for flattering shades and blendability (which apparently is NOT a word but you get what I mean!). With that in mind, I have picked 8 of my favorite palettes for 2017. Take a look!


EYESHADOW PALETTES


MODEL'S OWN Enchanted Eye palette ($17.99)

Whether you are heading to a music festival or just love a little glitter in your life, the Celestial collection from Models Own will leave you sparkling, happy and the envy of wannabe unicorns everywhere. Models Own new Celestial collection might just make your magical dreams come true!

Our new festival inspired collection will take you on a journey to a charmed universe where fairy dust is your new reality. Allow yourself to create your makeup look with everything from iridescent and holographic eyeshadow palettes to lips and a touch of fairy dust to unleash your inner sparkle. Our ModelsOwn Limited Edition makeup collection takes inspiration from the gorgeous, ethereal festival goers, paired with the holographic and iridescent makeup pigments.


Models Own has just launched in the US this year and I have pretty much loved almost everything I have tried from them. They make quality, whimsical cosmetics at very affordable prices. Now, I don't do nudes or neutral palettes so delicate pastels are the closest I'm going to get to everyday shades. Because, c'mon, if I'm going to take the trouble to put on eyeshadow, I want it to be noticeable! These pastels shades are not only super pretty but the you can layer them for the effect you want. Totally magical, especially at that price point!




URBAN DECAY Heavy Metals palette ($39.00, ON SALE)

What it is:
A limited-edition palette inspired by modern art— filled with 20 new, all-metallic shades of eyeshadow.

What it does:
This limited-edition palette is loaded with 20 of Urban Decay’s most amped-up metallic shadows yet—and every single one is new and exclusive. It’s all organized by color: brights on the left, neutrals on the right.

Urban Decay has developed a whole new formula—bumping up the foiled effect to create their most metallic shadows ever. The formula was carefully crafted to make sure every shade has a velvety feel for the perfect application, provides insane color payout and shiny metallic effects, and blends like a dream.

The palette is glam rock hot, and totally practical too. The killer lavender case has a crushed metal effect on one end. It slides open to reveal the shadow tray. It also includes a big mirror.

This set contains:
- 20 Metallic Eyeshadows in Ground (black w/iridescent shimmer), Spandex (deep blue with purple shift and blue micro-sparkle), Metalhead (deep purple), Mullet (deep green), Twisted (gold), Aluminum (warm gray-taupe with iridescent micro-sparkle), Dive (medium blue), Punk Rock (fuchsia), Amp (bright teal), Glamrock (silver), Bass (bronze), Demo (bronze-rose), Afterparty (red), Roadie (burgundy), Scream (mauve), Glory (golden bronze), Starfire (bright copper), Angelfire (pale pink), Maiden (beige), and Acoustic (nude)



I've been a huge fan of UD for just about forever and I have a very hard time picking and choosing from their selection of products--they kill it with every release. Now, I was really torn between this one and the Naked Heat, but with my penchant for metallics and shimmers, I went with this one during the big sale. Super pigmented and beautifully blendable, I have zero regrets!





PUR COSMETICS Dreamworks Trolls palette ($29.00)

What it is:

A colorful, everyday eyeshadow palette featuring 16 unique and ultra-pigmented shades, including ultra-matte, satin, shimmer and metallic shadows.

What it does:

Inspired by the DreamWorks Trolls film, this palette features 16 gorgeous shades in a combination of warm brown tones, oranges, purples, hot pink and bright teals in PÜR’s signature ultra-matte, satin, shimmer and metallic finishes.

This palette contains:

16 x 0.035 oz/ 0.9875 g Eyeshadows in Bridget (baby pink satin), Wisdom (light nude ultra-matte), Karma (metallic gold), Fuzzy (terracotta matte), Poppy (hot pink ultra-matte), Snack Pack (pink nude satin), Hugger (milk chocolate matte), DJ Suki (burnt orange ultra-matte), Branch (deep navy with silver micro-shimmer), Pop Icon (deep orange metallic), Sparkledust (cool toned brown metallic), Creek (teal satin), Guy Diamond (light lavender metallic), Biggie (eggplant purple satin), Bergentown (black brown with gold micro-shimmer) and Satin & Chenille (white ultraviolet satin with duo chrome shift).


I think this was my most highly anticipated PR package and I pretty much squealed when this baby arrived! I absolutely LOVED the Trolls movie and the brand totally nailed the whole vibe of the movie. This palette is full of bright, happy shades that you can use for just a pop of color...or to really rock out for an eye-catching look!



KEVYN AUCOIN Electropop palette ($57.00)

What it is:
A limited-edition, curated eyeshadow palette with 12 high-impact eyeshadow shades.

What it does:
Dramatize like a pro to create endless 3D chromatic eye looks and exquisite effects—from a light, sheer shimmer to a high, metallic opaque finish. These electro chrome eye shadows combine the perfect balance between pop pearls and pigments to create a striking, multidimensional look with a weightless feel. With one swipe payoff, the smooth texture glides on effortlessly.



This baby is the most recent addition to my collection and oh my, do I love it! Except for that black, every single shade has a touch of shimmer which I absolutely love! And while yes, there are several super bright shades, but there are enough shades in here that allow you to create a more natural look, if that's more you're thing! Natural, yes, but with a touch of shimmer!





HUDA BEAUTY Desert Dusk palette ($65.00)

What it is:
A dynamic eyeshadow palette with 18 shades in four unique textures: one dazzling glitter, eight creamy mattes, six shimmering pearl shades, and three duo-chrome toppers.

What it does:
Adventure on an exotic Arabian journey with the latest eyeshadow palette by Huda Beauty. This richly toned palette features 18 versatile shades that can be layered in infinite ways to create a vast array of looks with just one palette. Layer different textures to create unique combinations, or add intrigue to smooth matte shades with a duo-chrome topper. From subtle, natural looks to dramatic statements and bold glittering looks, this palette will become your new essential for all your makeup routines.

This palette contains:
- 8 x Matte Eyeshadows in Blazing, Saffron, Amethyst, Oud, Amber, Eden, Musk, and Desert Sand.
- 6 x Pressed Pearl Eyeshadows in Turkish Delight, Angelic, Cashmere, Royal, Nefertiti, and Blood Moon.
- 3 x Duo-Chrome Topper Eyeshadows in Retrograde, Twilight, and Celestial.
- Pure Glitter Eyeshadow in Cosmo



This palette is, hands-down, not only my most coveted but also my absolute favorite of the year, I love the shades of purple, which are so very flattering on my darker complexion and Huda's formulas just cannot be beat! When I visited Dubai recently, this was my sister's birthday gift to me--yes, she definitely knew what I wanted and this has to be one of my favorite gifts EVER!




HIGHLIGHTER PALETTES:


KEVYN AUCOIN Neo Trio palette ($25.00, ON SALE)

What it is:
A magnetically designed travel-size face palette featuring a bronzer, highlighter, and setting powder to create a perfect, custom glow.

What it does:
Mix and match shades in this palette to create endless layers of light and color. Each is infused with light-diffusing pigments to enhance and perfect the skin, creating radiant luminosity.

This palette contains:
- Neo-Setting Powder
- Neo-Limelight highlighter in Ibiza
- Neo-Bronzer in Capri



I've done quite a bit of travelling this year which is why this palette from Kevyn Aucoin became such a favorite. With three of the best-selling palettes in one, you can highlight, contour, bronze and set your face, all with this ingeniously designed magnetic palette. Plus, the ombre shading allows for so many combinations! Get it NOW for that insane price at Sephora! 



SAM MARCEL That Glow Glow Highlighter palette ($30.00, 20% off your first purchase)

What it is:

A highlight palette with six pigmented powder to create perfectly glowing, chiseled looks on every skin tone.

What it does:

Inspired by makeup artist techniques, this highlight palette helps you glow like a pro using healthy ingredients. Each carefully-selected shade has a rich, cool undertone to mimic real shadow and light reflection for the most natural look.

This product is:
Vegan
Cruelty Free
Gluten Free
Paraben Free


This brand is very new to me--in fact, this year was the first I heard of them. So, I was incredibly intrigued in trying them out. And let me tell you, this palette, if it's anything to go by, does not disappoint! I love the range of shades that can be mixed and matched depending on your mood or the occasion! Plus these highlighters go on like velvet--good blending is huge for me!




HUDA BEAUTY Summer Solstice 3D Highlighter palette ($45.00)

What it is:
A highlighter palette in four fresh summer shades that will create a buildable, endless sunset on your cheeks.

What it does:
Get ready to steal summer’s spotlight with the new limited edition Summer Solstice Highlighter Palette by Huda Beauty. Huda Kattan’s iconic Highlighter Palette is introduced with a fresh twist for summer in a vibrantly reimagined color combination. From the Melted Strobe to the shimmering creamy powders, sculpt and illuminate your face with a warm gradient of gold, pink, and purple tones, and create an endless sunset on your cheeks. Start with St Topez as a base. Then build your highlight with Malibu as a highlighter, Copacabana as a sculpting shade, and Mykonos as a blushing highlight.

This set contains:
- 3 x 0.28 oz/ 8 g Ultra-Shimmery Light Reflecting Pressed Pearls in Malibu (medium bronze), Copacabana (sweet pink powder), Mykonos (semi-sheer purple highlighter with subtle blue gleam)
- 0.26 oz/ 7.5 g Poured Melted Strobe in Saint Tropez (shimmering gold)




Last but definitely not the least, let me express my devotion for the Huda Beauty Summer Solstice palette. I love every single shade, they apply like a dream and you can use them as highlighter or blush or even as eyeshadow, like I did very recently. So flattering on tan skin, the compliments did not stop every time I wore them. Worth every single penny and more!



So there you have it, my darlings! Remember, if you're shopping through the affiliate links above or shopping online, don't forget to sign up for and use Ebates--you'll get cash back with every purchase! WIN-WIN! Referral Link HERE or just click the pic below!




Have you picked up any of these palettes this year? See a favorite? Want to share one of yours that's not on the list? Tell me in the comments section below!










****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. Affiliate links have been included. All opinions are my own.****
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