Hi there, my darlings! Can you believe it's already midway through February?! I've been in India almost 3 months! While I love being home and near family, I do miss the US...and all the wonderful friends I have left way over there. Call it nostalgia, call it sappiness, call it what you will but I miss my girls and that's why this month's THH struck a chord. Because it's all about inspirational women who have left their mark on history. Ok yes, definitely sappy but that's just me, I guess! So, back to business! The theme for March 2017's all-holo The Holo Hookup collaboration box featuring Jill of Glisten & Glow, Missi of Different Dimension, Sara of Cupcake Polish and special guests, the lovely ladies behind Ever After Polish is "Women Stamped In History". Take a look at their inspiration pic below!




Susan B. Anthony from Cupcake Polish is a "bright blue linear Holo with smooth Holo micro glitters". Smooth, easy formula and application--while the swatches below show 2 coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat, you could definitely get away with just one coat of this one! If you're like me and love vibrant colors, you'll flip for this beauty!










With flash!




Amelia Earhart from Different Dimension is a "brick red linear holo with added flakies". Absolutely lovely formula and application--the swatches below show 2 easy coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat to bring it all together. This gorgeous red is another one that you could get away with just one coat!










With flash!




Eleanor Roosevelt from Glisten & Glow is a "light army green linear holographic polish with added purple to blue shifting flakes and a very light dusting of red holo glitters". Fantastic application and formula--the swatches below show just 2 coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. Now, I don't usually do greens but this baby has 2 big things going for it--the utterly blinding holo and those beautiful little flakies! This one is a true chameleon and appears completely different under different lighting conditions--if you're into greens, just rest assured that you'll LOVE this one!










With flash!




Louisa May Alcott from Ever After Polish is a "light beige nude with pink flash". No complaints at all with the formula and application--the swatches below show just 2 easy coats, topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. Ever After makes the most dreamy nude holos and that pink flash is to die for!










With flash!




So there you have it, my darlings! Pre-orders for March 2017's box will begin Tuesday 2/21/2017 at 9 pm EST at the Holo Hookup's website HERE, and continue through Tuesday 2/28/2017 at 9 pm EST. This collection of 4 exclusive, all holographic polishes will be priced at $40. Both domestic and international shipping will be available!


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Which of these beauties caught your eye this month? Will you be grabbing one of these exclusive boxes this time around? I'd 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! Tomorrow is the big day--one of the most beloved and/or most annoying days of the year! Take your pick, depending on your personal feelings. But I' a glass half-full kinda girl so I personally love Valentine's Day! Sure, it's cheesy and yes, it's often over-hyped. But a day dedicated to showing your special someone how much you care? I see absolutely nothing wrong with that! Yeah, of course, it would be ideal if every day was a day you showed your special someone that but life gets busy and although that's no excuse, the reality is often far from idealistic expectations. So, why not have a day when you make sure you tell people you care?! I, for one, single as I may be, am all for it! Of course, the sparkly hearts, plethora of sugary goodies and the over-use of one of my favorite colors (RED!) may just play a part too!So, in honor of Valentine's Day, I have put together 5 red polishes from Sally Hansen that I was saving just for this very occasion!


Before we get to swatches, let's take a quick minute to talk about the formula and application of these polishes. These are picks from the Miracle Gel and Complete Salon Manicure lines--each is a creme, although I find most SHs to apply more like crellies. Across the board, each of these applied smoothly and easily. Opaque in two easy coats, swatches below show 2 coats--for the sake of comparison, I showed each polish on its own on the index and pinkie fingers and topped with 1 thin coat of Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel on the middle and ring fingers. I have to say I prefer them with topcoat! Ready to take a peek at these gorgeous reds?!


All Fired Up is a vibrant orange-toned red. Very appropriately named because it does look like fiery flames to me!






Off With Her Red! is a juicy, cherry tomato red. Known as a "true red", this shade is red in all its glory!






Redgy wears like a coral rather than a true red on me but it has enough of a red undertone to be placed in the shade family. Am I right?!






Red My Lips is a sexy dark red. I like to think of this one as a lipstick red, maybe because some of my fave lippies are in this exact shade!






Rhapsody Red is a bright watermelon red. Another classic, I would love this for Summer!






These shades are quite close to each other, shade-wise but are they dupes? You decide for yourself!

From thumb, clockwise: All Fired Up, Off Wih Her Red!, Redgy, Red My Lips and Rhapsody Red.



So there you have it, my darlings! You can find these and other Miracle Gel and Complate Salon Manicure polishes at your local CVSRiteAidWalgreensWalmartKmart or Ulta (among other fine retailers) for the price of $9.99 (prices may vary in different states) . Remember to follow Sally Hansen through the social media outlets below to learn more about their latest products :

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Which of these gorgeous reds do YOU think is perfect for Valentine's Day? Tell me your favorite(s) in the comments section below!









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


Hi there, my darlings!Whew! This week literally ran away from me! Between helping my best friend pack as she wrapped up her India vacation and returned to Canada and the new job, I've barely had time to breathe. Add to that a new, healthy diet which I'll be following (and if it works, sharing!) for the next 3 weeks and you can probably guess why it's been so quiet around here. But, I love this blog and all of you so I'm going to try harder to work with my schedule and still keep posting! Starting with today's post! Believe or not, Kolkata does have a winter--nowhere near as brutal as NYC or Chicago but it gets quite cool at night and more importantly, dry. Since this city is known more for its humidity and heat, our houses aren't heated and unless we're using a water heater, the water runs ice-cold. All this means dry, dry, really dry skin. That's why I want to share with you a couple of products from Derma E that have proved to be absolute life-savers!



Firming DMAE Eye Lift ($24.95)

This multi-action eye cream visibly lifts, firms and tightens the delicate eye area while smoothing crow’s feet.

Visibly lift, firm and tighten the delicate eye area while smoothing crow’s feet with this doctor-developed, multi-action eye treatment cream that contains advanced, clinically proven natural ingredients. DMAE, a widely-acclaimed skin-firming nutrient, is clinically proven to boost collagen for firmer, more resilient skin. InstaLift® Goji Berry glycopeptides add further firming, lifting and tightening antioxidant power. Advanced peptides Argireline® and Matrixyl® synthe'6® work together to soften facial muscles and synthesize new key components such as collagen, helping smooth wrinkles and discourage new lines from forming. Hyaluronic Acid, also known as nature's moisture magnet, infuses a surge of cooling eye moisture helping leave skin soft, smooth, tone and rehydrated. With continued use, this pro-collagen and pro-elastin blend leaves the delicate eye area firmer, smoother and younger-looking. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.


Some of you who have been following me regularly know just how stressed out I was in the months prior to moving back to India. It should come as no surprise then when I tell you about the dark circles I returned with. Upon landing, I see my mom has this awful puffiness under her eyes, probably from worrying about me! Since then, we have both been using this product at least a couple of times a week and have seen results almost immediately. The puffiness under her eyes are pretty much gone and yours truly no longer looks like a raccoon! Total winner in my book!




Hydrating Night Cream ($29.50)

Providing hydration throughout the night, this rich cream helps plump skin to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles for a younger-looking complexion

Thoroughly moisturize and plump skin to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles with this ultra-hydrating night cream. This extra-rich, deeply penetrating formula delivers the unmatched hydrating properties of nature's moisture magnet, Hyaluronic Acid (HA). A single molecule of HA can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, binding moisture to help plump, soften, smooth, tone and rehydrate skin. Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment. Ideal for dry, dehydrated skin that needs richer moisture throughout the night, this cream delivers maximum hydration while helping diminish the signs of aging for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.


I'm a huge fan of skincare products that work overnight! I mean, come on, get better skin while you sleep? What's not to love?! But as cool as it gets at night here, it's never really cold. So, a really thick cream is completely unbearable. That's why I love this particular night cream! It's light and the cream has more the texture of a gel than a true cream which absorbs quickly and easily, leaving skin instantly hydrated. Quite the life-saver!
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So there you have it, my darlings! Derma E products can be found at Health Food Stores and on their site HERE--you can find a wide range of skincare products at quite affordable prices!


To discover other great products, you can follow Derma E through the social media sites below :

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Have you tried Derma E yet? Tell me which products in the comments section below!










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


Hi there, my darlings! Boy, this has been quite the week! After months of frustration and disappointment, I'm pleased to share that I've finally started working again! Moving back home has been quite the adjustment and I knew that initially at least, I wanted to work from home. Today marks one week of what might just be one of my favorite jobs ever--I get to work with a dear friend, helping people find the right employment opportunity, all while cozily ensconced in my bedroom! What more can I ask for, right? But, while things have been going swimmingly (touchwood!) on the job front, I fell quiet on the blog scene. Don't worry! I'm not going anywhere! This week was just really busy and I had to get my schedule back on track. Now that things are beginning to resemble a routine, you should see me pop up on your feed much more often, starting with right now! Today, I'll be sharing my thoughts on a brand new product from one of my new favorite brands--Cover FX and their latest addition, Perfect Setting Powder.


What's a setting powder and why do you need it?

Don't want an illuminating or matte finish? Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder is now available for a flawless finish. It is an innovative talc-free, universally flattering ultra-translucent loose powder that sets makeup and creates an airbrushed finish by refining and softening the appearance of skin without drying.

What it Does:

This ultra-lightweight loose setting powder is consciously formulated without talc for an incredibly translucent finish that sets makeup for all day wear and minimizes transfer without adding any color to the skin or overpowering the finish of your foundation. Also perfect for baking, this setting powder contains light diffusing particles that blur and smooth for a skin perfecting airbrushed effect that doesn’t look chalky or dry.

Highlights:
  • Veils face with a flawless "second skin" 
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Sets makeup
  • Creates a refined, soft-focus appearance

What Else You Should Know:
  • Even great for dry skin types, our mica is coated with amino acids that make skin feel comfortable and balanced
  • Enriched with antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E and green tea extract to help neutralize free radical damage
  • Contains vitamin F, which is known to offer hydrating benefits
  • This clinically tested powder is free of the Inflammatory 5: gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens, and talc

Available in 2 global shades for a truly translucent finish on all skin tones:
  • Translucent Light: completely sheer for fair to medium skintones
  • Translucent Deep: completely sheer for medium-deep to deep skintones



I think I've complained enough times about my combination, acne-prone skin that you guys have an idea of how finicky it can be. Add to that my East Indian medium skintone which can be a real challenge to find matching foundation and bases for. That's why I tend to stick to a BB cream, so my skin doesn't have too much product clogging up my pores, and a semi-translucent loose powder to even out my complexion and finish my look.

There are two major reasons I love Cover FX. One, the products work with my skin--my skin looks and feels great during AND after using their products. Secondly, I can always find a great match for my skintone or a product that flatters my complexion--check out my thoughts on their Enhance Sticks HERE. This product is right up there on both counts.

Light and super blendable, I brush a little on after I apply concealer and BB cream to get that perfect finish every time. And Translucent Deep is truly the perfect match for me! This product is going to get A LOT of use during the scorching Indian summer, that's for sure!



So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up either shade of Cover FX's new Perfect Setting Powder on their website HERE. You can also purchase them at Ulta and Sephora.


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Do you use a setting powder? Tell me which one in the comments section below!








****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****
****This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are completely my own.****



Hi there, my darlings! If there's anything I love more than shopping for new beauty products, it's saving money while shopping! But, I really don't care for shopping in-store. Having lived in NYC for close to a decade, believe me when I say that online shopping was my absolute BFF. Stores that seem to be so accessible in most parts of the US are inexplicably few and far between in NYC. Yes, the subway goes just about everywhere but my closest Target was a good 20-minute train ride away, Bath and Body Works only has stores in certain areas and even beloved drugstores like Walgreens were a good 15 minute walk away from my apartment. Add NYC's frigid Winters to the mix and it should be no surprise that I invariably preferred to get most of my shopping done in the comfort of my own home, wearing my cozy nightgowns. Besides, there's really nothing as awesome as having a box of goodies delivered right to your door when it's just too frosty to go out. Not to mention the added bonus of not having to lug heavy shampoos or body care products on the subway or up flights of stairs. The convenience factor alone would make up for any extra costs. But, that's where Groupon Coupons comes in--to help you avoid any extra costs!


For the savvy shopper, there really are no additional costs of shopping online. In fact, with Groupon Coupons, you end up saving quite a bit while still happily ensconced at home since you can find codes for major discounts. gifts with purchases and even free shipping. I can't tell you how many times I've saved a bundle stumbling upon a great deal on Groupon Coupons at top beauty retailers, such as Bath and Body Works, Sephora and Ulta as well as perennial favorites such as Target, Sally Beauty Supply and Walgreens. You can even find a great coupon for a Birchbox subscription! The site is pretty much my one-stop-shop to find some of the best deals around the internet!


If you're looking to score a great deal yourself on your favorite beauty products or at your favorite retailers, check out all the currently available coupons on Groupon Coupons' website HERE.


For more information on Groupon Coupons or to stay updated with all the latest, don't forget to follow them through the social media sites below :

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Do you use Groupon Coupons?  What was the best deal you scored so far? Tell me in the comments section below!








****This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are completely my own.****
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