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





Hi there, my darlings! Long time, huh? Those of you who are regular visitors of my lil corner of the Internet may have noticed the sudden, deafening silence from normally very chatty me. Don't worry, I have dropped off the face of the planet...but my beloved phone pretty much did! For a blogger like yours truly who did literally EVERYTHING on that phone, from shooting photos to social media, it was an unexpectedly devastating blow. Although I rushed it to a service center, the phone was really truly DOA. All those carefully styled photos...GONE! *Sigh* And I still don't know what was wrong with it. Anyways, so these past few weeks, I've been frantically re-taking photos while bemoaning Fate. (I know, I'm a little dramatic!) But, the good news is, I think I'm finally ready to get going again! So, let's start off with a fun little post I've been mulling over!

As a beauty blogger, I'm privy to a LOT of trends. But these trends are often pretty transient--here today, gone tomorrow. And although, I'm pretty experimental in that I'll try anything beauty-related once, I often balk at the more, let's say, permanent changes. Some things, I just won't do. For example, cut off my hair? All the NOPE. I think it's safe to say some of us are more adventurous than others when it comes to experimenting with our looks but we all crave a little change every now and then. Just as long as it's not TOO permanent. So, today, we're talking about 5 Easy Makeover Hacks that will help you change your look--dramatically even--without all that scary commitment!


Rock a set of acrylic tips!
A great manicure can not only make you look good but also feel good! There's just something about a fresh mani that cheers a girl up. But who has the time for the upkeep of long nails? Or, hey, even neat, short nails take a lot of care. Trust me, I started off as a nail blogger! Between all the moisturizing, the filing, the buffing and the painting, it was quite a chore. But, it doesn't have to be! Whether you like to do your nails at home or treat yourself to a mani, nails of the length and shape of your dreams are surprisingly easy to acquire. Just go get a set of gorgeous, acrylic stiletto nails done at the nail salon or even better, opt for a quick, press-on set at home. 

Try a wig on for size!
I can't tell you how I covet a Balayage with bright purple and blue huess. But, I also know myself pretty well. I'd be enamored with that look all of maybe 2 weeks and then want my browns curls back. If you're like me and want to try the latest hair trend without actually changing your natural hair, why not try a wig? Find several beautiful yet affordable styles at Black Hairspray

Lashes for days...in a flash!
Another thing I've been dying to try are eyelash extensions. Long, thick, perfect eyelashes? Yes please! But, eyelash extensions can get pricey! If you're on a budget or just don't know if you're ready for dramatic lashes all the time, pick up a pair of false lashes at your favorite beauty supply store or drugstore. 

Change up...your eye color!
Eye color, in my opinion, is one of the most defining characteristics of your face. While there really is no permanent way to change your eye color, you can experiment with different eye colors, thanks to the plethora of colored contact lenses on the market today. Whether you need a prescription or just want to try something new on your next night out, colored contact lenses can be a fun, easy way to change your look!

Contour like a pro!
Now, contouring can seem like such a daunting challenger when you first get into it. Believe me, I know. I was just as overwhelmed. But once you get the hang of it with a little practice, the possibilities are endless. The basic premise to keep in mind is that you want to accentuate certain features (such as your cheekbones) by adding highlighter and hide certain flaws (such a pesky bit of pudge under the chin) with a darker contouring color. You essentially just playing with the concepts of reflection of light and the casting of shadows. So, with that succinct little tutorial under your belt, head on over to YouTube, binge watch a couple of videos and have fun! Just remember, you can wash it all away at the end of it!

So there you have it. my darlings! Do you have a quick, temporary makeover trick when you want to change up your look? Tell me in the comments section below!  









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


Hi there, my darlings! Today, I'm going to talk about what is, apart from maybe my nose, my most neglected part of my face--my brows! Now, don't get me wrong--I'm no Groucho Marx with unruly brows nor do I sport a unibrow of any shape or form. It's just that, as an Indian woman, with a tendency to grow more hair than not, I've always just gotten them threaded as needed (which is every 3 days since I'm Indian...ok, no, more like every 3 weeks or so) and then just let them be. But NYC has always been a challenging place--people are always moving or moving away. Hence, my brows have passed through the hands of many an eyebrow threader. Now I'm back in India, where everybody seems to have lush, full, perfect eyebrows. And there I am, with...wait for it...new gaps in my brows. Oh, the horror! Or so my latest eyebrow lady would have me believe. Whether it's the years of threading at different places or the effects of the years themselves, the truth of the matter is I find myself now reaching more and more for a few products to fill in and perfect my brows. Recently, those products happen to be the incredibly user-friendly eyebrow lifesavers from Australian beauty brand, Full Brow. Today, I'll share a look into my easy, 3-step process for fuller yet natural-looking brows!


1. Fill in gaps with Full Brow's Brow Powder 

Enriched with vitamin E and antioxidants to nourish and condition the brow hair. This carefully created brow powder has been specifically designed to fill, perfect and shape your brows.

Best used with our Brow Brush.The colours have been formulated to blend with any hair and skin tone. When choosing your perfect brow colour we always recommend choosing a colour one shade lighter than your hair colour. This will ensure the brow powder looks natural. If you wish to create HD brows simply add our specifically formulated brow wax over the powder for added dimension, colour and all day hold.


Available in 4 shades: Blonde, Taupe, Natural Brown, Dark


Since I'm a natural brunette with very dark brown, almost black, hair and brows, I chose the shade Dark. Now, don't be intimidated by the name. It's a nice, easily blendable dark brown that works wonders on those pesky little gaps.




2. Blend with Full Brow's double-ended Brow Brush

This might be the most perfect brow brush you will ever use! Use the spoolie end of the brush to groom, blend and brush hairs in upward motion. Use the angled end of brush to apply booth brow powder and wax. Simply wipe clean between applications.


The angled end is perfect for applying those perfect vertical edges to the start of your brows as well as filling in any gaps. Use a light hand because a little of the Brow Powder with the Brow Brush goes a long way!





Use the spoolie end to brush and blend, blend, blend. The more you blend, the more natural your brows will look!




3. Set with Full Brow's Brow Wax

Specially formulated to hold unruly hairs in place with a natural appearance. Also a great addition to give your brows a more dramatic HD look or to seal in your brow powder for extreme wear.

Those with dry skin would use our brow wax before applying powder, this will create a smooth base for the powder to adhere to. If you are looking for an extreme hold or sweat resistant finish this is the product for you. Use the angled end of our Brow Brush to apply and the spoolie end to blend and brush hairs in place.


I have pretty oily skin and it's been winter for like 5 seconds here so to be very honest, I skipped this step more often than not. If you're going to be out and about for a long time or when the temperatures rise, this will be a life-saver! I, for one, am definitely going to need it in the brutal Indian summer.




*Bonus: Try the new highlighted eyebrow look!

Full Brow also included their Brow Highlighter and the shade is just gorgeous! Not quite adventurous enough to try highlighting your brows? Try it as an eyeliner on your lower lash line or the inner corners of your eyes to really make them pop!

Here's a look at swatches of both the Highlighter (left) and Brow Powder.



So there you have it, my darlings! If you live in Australia, you can find all Full Brow's products on their website HERE--shipping is free within Australia and $20 internationally. Live in the US and don't want to deal with international shipping? Fear not! Full Brow can be found on Freepeople's website HERE.


To find out more about Full Brow, don't forget to follow them on INSTAGRAM!


Do you use brow products? If so, which ones are your faves? Tell me in the comments section below!









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


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!


For more swatches, sneak peeks and all the latest info, don't forget to follow The Holo Hookup through the social media outlets below :

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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.****
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