Hi there, my darlings! First of all, let me apologize for the radio silence. The last couple of weeks have been stressful, to say the least, in my search for suitable employment. Don't let anyone tell you that job searching isn't stressful or that not working means the easy life! Far from it. Between searching dozens of job sites and long applications and those first, nerve-wracking phone conversations, I've found it a challenge to find either the energy or motivation to share posts here. Top that off with the lack of sleep and it's not pretty. But, I'm positive things will start to look up soon and tonight, I'm destressing! Taking a little time for myself to indulge and pamper the senses with the Lavender Retreat duo from one of my favorite bath and body brands, LATHER.


A little about the duo:

Imagine yourself strolling through a field of purple lavender as you inhale this aromatic, Bulgarian lavender-infused body care duo.



STEP 1 : Exfoliate!

The skin-smoothing, foaming body scrub cleanses with its creamy lather, while natural exfoliants, including olive seed and walnut shell powders, slough away dead skin. Fig, olive and grape seed extracts are combined with aloe vera to leave skin feeling refreshed. It is especially effective on rough areas like elbows, knees, and feet. Paraben-free & sulfate-free.



I love exfoliation! There's no other way to put it. As a scientist, I know just how many dead skin cells we produce on a daily basis. As a beauty blogger, I appreciate that regular exfoliation not only gets rid of all those dead skin cells, making way to new healthy cells, but also removes dirt and impurities for healthier, cleaner skin overall. As a woman who believes in aromatherapy and a holistic approach to not only beauty but life, I believe that exfoliation cleanses more than just the skin--you scrub away the all the dead cells and negative energy and soothe the senses with a calming scent. This scrub does all that and more! A good scrub will not only help you look but also feel better.

I love that this one is foaming so it's not as hard to rinse away and you can really cover your whole body instead of focusing on just one part. I use this scrub liberally in the shower and my skin always feels so much softer, smoother and just healthier after each use.

As a girl who loves florals, I have to admit that lavender hasn't always been my first choice. Until recently, that is. In these stressful times, I've found lavender to be incredibly soothing, to the point that it even helps me sleep better. There's really nothing like stepping out of the shower after using this scrub! It just makes me feel so much more relaxed and content. A huge win for me at the moment!






STEP 2: MOISTURIZE!

Followed with the body crème, skin becomes touchably soft with the moisturizing benefits of shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil. Infused with the delicate and calming scent of Bulgarian lavender essential oil, this light, aromatic body whip offers a luxurious finish - improved skin in an instant! Paraben-free.


One of my TLC, pampering sessions like tonight always includes a good, rich body creme...twice. Once, to hydrate and lock in moisture right after a hot shower or long bath. Then, once more on my arms and hands right before bed. This luxurious yet fast-absorbing creme not only moisturizes my skin wonderfully but relaxes me. I've taken to keeping this tub by my bedside so that it's always within easy reach, even for a quick nap. This lightly scented, soothing creme is sure to make sleep come that much easier!




So there, you have it, my darlings! If you would like to pick up LATHER's Lavender Retreat duo for yourself or your loved one, you can find it on their website HERE for the price of $36 for the set.


To find out more about LATHER and their signature line of bath and body products, you can find them through the social media sites below :

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


Hi there, my darlings! Although me being me still has the air conditioner on in the house, it's finally beginning to feel like Fall is right around the corner! The temperatures are cooler and the days are getting shorter and I can just feel my favorite season coming! So, today it's time to share the latest creations from Celestial Cosmetics--the Love Never Dies collection, consisting of 6 polishes in a variety of finishes, is just made for the coming season! Plus I have the August LE (which is still available through stockists) to share with you all. Lots going on so let's not waste another minute!


God's Madmen is described as a "metallic grey polish with gold flakes and gold holo microglitter." There's A LOT going on with this polish but that didn't affect the ease of application in the least--the swatches below show 2 easy coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. It's the flakies in this polish that really make this one unique!










Mina is described as a "light minty green based holo polish, with white sparks." Smooth, easy formula and application--the swatches below show 3 thin coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. I've missed a good mint holo in my life and this one is just beautiful!










With flash!




Oceans of Time is described as a "darker blue based polish with silver shimmer and silver flakes." Lovely jelly-like formula and application--the swatches below show 2 generous coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. I love the shimmer and the flakies in this beauty! So pretty!










Mattefied with OPI Matte Finish topcoat!






The Blood Is The Life is described as a "dark red base with a red/gold pigment with a slight duochrome effect." No complaints at all with formula and application--the swatches below show 2 generous coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. Isn't this just the perfect shade for Fall?!












The Brides is described as a "darker goldish coloured polish with green gold shifting flakes and a green shimmer." No complaints at all with formula and application--the swatches below show 2 generous coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. Admittedly not my favorite Celestial, I do still like the contrast between the gold and the green.










The Devil's Concubine is described as an "orange leaning red linear holo polish." Velvety smooth formula and application--the swatches below show 3 thin coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. My favorite of the collection, I absolutely love this shade!










With flash!




The August LE, Gladiolus is described as a "holo base with a coral leaning orange colour, white sparks, gold flakes, gold holo and iridescent microglitter." 3 thin coats for of this jelly formula for full opacity, topped with 1 generous coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. I'm absolutely enamored with this polish! It's just stunning!










Mattefied with OPI Matte Finish topcoat!






So there you have it, my darlings! The Love Never Dies collection as well as the August LE are all currently available on Celestial Cosmetics' website HERE for the price of $12 AUD ($11 USD) for a full-size, 0.5 oz bottle. Shipping is available throughout Australia. Worldwide shipping is available through their US shipping agent HERE or from stockists Color4NailsEdgy Polish and Femme Fatale.


Don't forget to follow Nicki of Celestial Cosmetics through the social media outlets below :

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Which of these are YOUR favorites? 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! Let me just start off this post by saying...I LOVE social media! Before things got difficult and it became nearly impossible to reach my followers, I used to love Facebook. Now, you probably already know about my love affair with Instagram but recently, I've dipped my foot into the world of Twitter and it's quite amazing how interactive it is! One of the major perks of blogging and social media, for me personally, is the interaction. With all of you, with brands, with all kinds of new people! I'm a people person at heart! That's why I was so thrilled when Shana, the co-founder of Darshana Beauty reached out to me. Not only are her products ayurvedic with a whole slew of Indian products, but Shana herself is lovely! She sent over a picture of her extended family in India and immediately won my heart. So, it's with a lot of pleasure I introduce Darshana Beauty to all of you.


A little bit about the brand from Darius, the founder of Darshana Beauty:

Growing up, my father who was born and raised in India, always rubbed natural oils on his hair to moisturize and keep his hair healthy. As an adult, I never forgot my dad’s exotic hair care routine.

After spending some time in India with my wife exploring their beautiful country and culture, I noticed that Indian women have the most gorgeous, thick, and healthy hair I had ever seen.

One day back at home, while waiting for my haircut and looking at all the products on the shelf, it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Why is there no quality hair oil available for everyone?

Ever since then my wife and I have made it our mission to share India’s ancient hair care secret with the West.

Darshana Natural Indian Hair oil was born!



Shana sent me their signature Indian hair oil as well as their latest products, the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to try out!


Natural Moisturizing Shampoo:
  • No sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrance or animal testing
  • Improve moisture and shine
  • Repair, strengthen, protect with 18 amino acids
  • Color safe
  • Natural Indian Ayurvedic botanicals promote healthy hair
  • Honey, organic aloe, provitamin B5 for long lasting moisture
  • PH balanced to gently cleanse hair (4.8 – 5.8)
  • For all hair and scalp types
  • Fresh citrus scent

Natural Moisturizing Conditioner:
  • No sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial fragrance or animal testing
  • Soften, detangle, defrizz
  • Improve moisture and shine
  • Color safe
  • Repair, strengthen, protect with 18 amino acids
  • Natural Indian Ayurvedic botanicals promote healthy hair
  • Honey, shea butter, sweet almond oil for moisture and shine
  • PH balanced to moisturize and smooth (3 – 4)
  • Fresh citrus scent
  • For all hair and scalp types

With my hair's tendency to get really greasy, really fast towards the crown, I usually steer clear of moisturizing shampoo, instead preferring a good voluminizing formula. I have a LOT of hair and I really don't want to deal with a lot of weighed down hair on top of that. So, I did have that niggling doubt when I took these on a whirl.

I have to admit though, I was really pleasantly surprised! The formula is indeed moisturizing such that my hair felt soft and silky after use, without feeling heavy or weighed down. The shampoo lathers well and left my scalp refreshingly clean. The conditioner is a rich, luxurious formula without being TOO thick or gloopy. I was able to rinse them both out of my hair easily, with little to no residue.

I have used the duo a couple of times now but last night was the real test. It's been raining all morning and I left my hair to airdry. I was fully prepared to wake up to poufy, wild hair but my hair is much less frizzy and still so soft!

Here's another added plus. Growing up as a teen in India, I've experienced my share of ayurvedic products. As great as they are for your skin and hair, the scent often leaves much to be desired. They inevitably smell...earthy or herbal or both. Not exactly the fragrance of choice for a girl who loves her florals. So, I steeled myself for the inevitable with this duo...and was totally blown away! Not only do these NOT smell earthy or herbal or any of that but when they say citrus scent, they mean it! The citrus scent is bright and refreshing, with no underlying aroma of herbs in there. My hair smells SO good!




Natural Indian Hair Oil:
  • Best Indian Hair Oil on the market!
  • No mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, silicone, artificial color or animal testing
  • Moisturizes, conditions, and smoothes hair
  • Revitalizes dry, damaged, or frizzy hair
  • Natural Indian Ayurvedic formula
  • Contains Antioxidants, Omega 3-6-9, and Vitamins A-B-C-E
  • Makes hair appear, softer, shinier, and healthier
  • Absorbs quickly and controls frizz
  • No mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, silicone, artificial color or animal testing
  • Natural alternative for long term hair care
  • Fresh citrus scent

First of all, how cute is it that Shana and Darius sent a personalized bottle?! Brands taking the time to include a short note or sign their products like shown below never cease to endear them to me. That little bit of an extra touch goes a long way!


When I read Darius' description of his Indian-born father's hair-care routine, I had to chuckle to myself. Hair oil is an ubiquitous staple in every Indian household. All the older generation uses it...and the younger generation avoids it like the plague. Mainly for two reasons: the strong herbal smell mentioned above and the greasiness that hair oil often leaves behind, despite washing vigorously. With this hair oil, you get all the benefits of the amazing natural ingredients like extracts from coconut and castor oils, without any of the hassle. While it's recommended that you apply the oil and leave on for 30 minutes to overnight, I just used a little on my ends while I stood soaping up in the shower. The combination of the steamy shower and the oil left my roots much happier!




So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick the shampoo-conditioner duo and the hair oil on Darshana Beauty's HERE. I bet they will be really appreciated once Winter rolls in!


You can find Darshana Beauty through the social media outlets below :

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Do you use hair oil? What do you look for in a shampoo? 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! So, October is my birth month! Yup! Proud Libra here! Now those of you who read the blog regularly know that I have a penchant for certain colors and I firmly believe that the next installment of The Holo Hookup was created with me in mind! Lol! Ok, ok, but let me just tell you that this coming month's shades are not only stunning but totally ME! The theme for oCTOBER 2016's all-holo The Holo Hookup collaboration box featuring Jill of Glisten & Glow, Missi of Different Dimension, Sara of Cupcake Polish and special guest, Starrily is aptly titled "Clue: The Mystery". Take a look at their inspiration pic and you'll immediately know why!




Before we get to swatches, let's take a minute to talk about the formula and application of these four holographic polishes. Now, with most months, I break down the formula and application for each polish individually as we go along. We're doing things a little differently this month because I noticed a theme with these four. Across the board, not only did each richly pigmented polish apply just beautifully but by most accounts, all four could totally be one-coaters! I tend to paint pretty thin coats but even then each polish was just a teensy bit shy of being a one-coater. If you tend to paint generously, you have yourself four rich, vibrant, strongly holographic one-coaters! The swatches below show just 2 thin coats of each polish, topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat to finish the look. This box is a huge winner in so many ways! Let's take a look!



Mr. Green in the Lounge from Cupcake Polish is an "emerald colored linear holo with gold shimmers". Now, greens are not often my thing...with the exception of emeralds! I love jewel tones and this is the perfect emerald shade!










With flash!




Professor Plum in the Conservatory from Different Dimension is a "plum linear holo with heavy orange shimmers". I collect berry/plum shades--there's just something about these colors I can't resist! This beauty is definitely a welcome and appreciated addition!










With flash!




Mrs. Peacock in the Billiard Room from Glisten & Glow is a "dark blue linear holo with added gold and green shimmers and galaxy glitters". Not only is this a stunning, perfect peacock blue shade but I absolutely adore the galaxy glitters! Every time Jill adds them in, I swoon!










With flash!




Miss Scarlett in the Ballroom from Starrily  is a "rich scarlet linear holo with a subtle hint of gold micro glitter". Now, unless I'm totally mistaken (and with a collection ranging in the thousands, I very well may be!), this is my very first Starrily! And wow, what a way to make introductions! I LOVE reds and this red is insanely gorgeous! Glowy, holo and bound to get you tons of compliments!










With flash!




So there you have it my darlings! Pre-orders for October 2016's box will begin Friday 9/21/2015 at 9 pm EST at the Holo Hookup's website HERE, and continue through Friday 9/28/2015 at 9 pm EST. This collection of 4 exclusive, all holographic polishes will be priced at $40 plus shipping and is only available during this special one week pre-order. 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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What are your faves in this box? Will you be grabbing one of these exclusive boxes this month? 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.****
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