Hi there, my darlings! So, as many of you among my readers in the Western World are enjoying a beautiful, if unseasonably warm Spring, some of us here in the Eastern World are all but melting. Let me just tell you, the heat is no joke...and it's only April! I can't even begin to imagine the torture that May and June will bring. *shudder* But if there is a saving grace to the summers anywhere in the world, at least for me, it's the license to go all out with bold colors. Maybe that's why India is known for all these rich, vibrant hues...? Anyways, summer is very much here in India and from the looks of it, just around the corner in the US. While I will still share Spring favorites throughout the month of April and into May, I can't help but share a new fave of mine which is pretty much perfect for the warmer months--Kiss New York Professional's Demeter palette!


A little bit about this palette and her sisters, if, like me, you're new to the brand:

A set of 12 universally favored eyeshadow colors delivered in a variety of textures
  • Transform your look from natural to glam
  • Versatile colors suited for every occasion
  • Soft, velvety and blend-able texture provides crease free wear
  • High performance brush included
  • Inspired by Korean beauty




I'll admit it right off the bat, the very first thing that attracted me to this palette were the shimmery shades. Now I love me some shimmer! Especially the gold and teal shades shown below!

But, let's be honest, shimmer can be a pain. You have to deal with fall-out and blending can often be a challenge. Well, you're in luck with this palette! I can honestly say that the shimmery shades didn't have anything but minimal fallout and blending was not that much of a challenge, given the fine, smooth texture of the shades.




If I have to mention a con, I would probably turn to the pigmentation of a few of the shades. Some of these shades are not very pigmented. The swatches below are several swipes of each and even then, you really can't even make out some of the shades (read: the peaches). If you really layer them on, I think these couple of shades would be more noticeable. It might just be my skin tone and undertones but I would just use these shades for more natural looks.

On the other hand, there's that gold and the teal. Both very pigmented and built up quite nicely. At the price point, there are enough shades that I really like and work for me that I found this palette a pretty good addition to my stash!




Oh and did I mention the adorable, little hand-held mirror that was included with the palette? Because, come on! Every goddess needs a hand-held mirror, right?! ;)




So there you have it, my darlings! You can find the Demeter palette, along with two other Goddess palettes, on Kiss New York Professional's website HERE for the price of $16.


You can find Kiss New York Professional through the social media outlets below :

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What do you think of this palette? Do the colors appeal to you? 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, remember when I told you awhile back that my poor phone, that I pretty much used to take all my blog photos, just went and died on me? Yeah, that was no fun. As a blogger, it becomes a matter of instinct to take your photos as soon as you open a press package...and that's pretty much what I had done before my big move. And all those photos...poof! But, I like to think of myself as a silver-lining kinda girl, for the most part anyway. So, I had to re-take all my photos, yes. And my photos this time around may not be as pristine or untouched but the good news is that I tested these products for a good long while, in two very different climates. So, when I say I have found some new favorites, the proof is very much in the pictures! What am I talking about? The Zoya Perfect Lipsticks, that's what! That's right, Zoya is no longer only about fabulous nail polish--they have forayed into the world of color cosmetics and boy! They created some winners!


First, a little intro, in case you haven't seen these around yet:

ZOYA PERFECT LIPSTICK

Your favorite long-wearing nail polish brand, Zoya, now has a full line-up of gorgeous lipsticks.

Perfect Lipstick by Zoya provides the perfect balance of color selection, hydration and pigment density all in a long-wearing formula you will love!

  • CLASSIC CREAM FORMULA: keeps lips moist for hours without the mess.
  • UNFLAVORED
  • LASTS 4-6 HOURS: without drying or cracking.
  • VEGAN FRIENDLY
  • PERFECT BALANCE: between pigment & base creates a lightweight yet well pigmented formula.
  • PERFECT COLOR PALETTE: for any skintone.
AVAILABLE IN 12 PERFECT COLORS:
  • Belle (ZLS13): a hydrating mid-range pink with a gold shimmer frost finish.
  • Brooke (ZLS09): a dewy mauve cream with a pearl kissed finish.
  • Cameron (ZLS04): a hydrating nude neutral with a cream finish.
  • Candy (ZLS11): a cool-toned, bright pink hydrating cream with a medium coverage finish.
  • Frankie (ZLS07): a bright scarlet red in a hydrating, satin cream finish.
  • Georgia (ZLS06): a delicious berry red in a hydrating, satin cream finish.
  • Jasmine (ZLS14): a hydrating deep fuchsia plum with a cream finish.
  • MatteVelvet Red (ZLS01): a cool toned red with a velvety matte finish.
  • Maxwell (ZLS08): a deep plum with a subtle metallic fleck in a matte finish.
  • Mellie (ZLS12): a hydrating red-pink cream with a medium coverage finish.
  • Paisley (ZLS05): an easy to wear, blush-rose hydrating neutral cream.
  • Wren (ZLS10): a hydrating rosy nude with a cream finish.



    Now, the majority of these beauties are creams, which are pretty great for the colder seasons in the US. I personally loved Frankie and Georgia while I was in NYC. Several of the creams, like the two I mentioned as well as Candy and Mellie, are super pigmented so you still get the color pay-off while enjoying the hydrating effects of the cream formula.

    While in India, my go-tos have been Matte Velvet Red and Maxwell. I could seriously wax eloquent about both these shades! Perfect for my medium skin tone, both shades have that wow factor that one looks for in a berry shade. Plus they do NOT budge! Are they comfortable to wear, considering they're so long-lasting? Yes, they sure are! As a blogger, I test any product that comes my way at least once but rarely do they become a part of my makeup bag. Those who shades I mentioned are the exceptions!

    The lighter, nude shades I've passed along to a few paler-skinned friends who report that they love it! In fact, for one of those friends, it's one of the few lipsticks she now owns and loves!

    The only one that was a bit of a surprise for me was Brooke. I honestly expected the shade to be much more pigmented just by the looks of it, whereas in reality it just gives the barest tint of color. If you prefer to layer your lipsticks or go au naturel, this one is definitely one to try!



    TOP ROW, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Belle, Brooke, Cameron, Candy, Frankie, Georgia
    BOTTOM ROW, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Jasmine, Matte Velvet Red, Maxwell, Mellie, Paisley, Wren

    So there you have it, my darlings! The Zoya Perfect Lipsticks can be found now on Zoya's website HERE for the price of $12--pick up your fave shades and see what I'm talking about!


    Don't forget to follow Zoya through the social media outlets below :

    Facebook
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    Twitter
    Pinterest
    Youtube
    Blog


    Which of these gorgeous shades caught your eye? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below!











    Hi there, my darlings! Um, so...I've been a bad, bad blogger. I've been off visiting my sister in Bombay (ok fine, Mumbai, as the locals call it now) for the past few weeks and somewhere along the way I lost my mojo. I mean, every night, I told myself, "Self, must write a post. Just one post. Baby steps. ANY post will do." And as my rebellious self is often wont to do, it paid absolutely no attention. So me, myself and I spent 5 whole weeks just lounging around in my nightie, binge watching Supernatural on Amazon Prime Video (which is AWE-zum, by the way) and spending time with the lil one whenever she wasn't working. Oh, and I cooked. SO. MUCH. FOOD.

    And so, while I was very diligently procrastinating, 5 weeks flew by and hardly a post went up. The shame, the horror. Now, I'm not going to begin this post by promising you the moon. Because, seriously, you, my beloved reader, probably don't want the moon. You just want a post or two! But I won't promise regular posting either because well, promises are meant to be broken. All I will say that lots and lots and LOTS of amazing products have made their way into my lightbox and my makeup stash so...there is hope.

    In the meantime, I'm easing myself back in. Literally. Because this post is all about Spa Week and a little twist. As many of you know, I'm no longer in NYC. About this, I have mixed feelings. There was much about NYC that had worn me down (read; the exhausting commutes, the frenetic pace, the astounding price of rent and/or a cup of coffee) but there is also much I miss desperately about the Big City. As a blogger, almost all the best brands were there, everyday one came across the launch of a new brand and most importantly, there was always something fun happening. Take Spa Week, for example. While Spa Week is a national phenomena, with spas offering discounted prices across the US, it was always a special time for me, at least. Why? Simply because I always got to take advantage of a fabulous massage or facial at an even more fabulous price!

    Needless to say then, when I was offered the opportunity to visit one of NYC's finest salons for a complimentary service in anticipation of Spa Week, I REALLY missed being in the city. But, I'm a glass half-full kinda girl and so I decided to see if I could arrange for a good friend to go in my stead. This way, I was able to gift her a lil treat and still be able to share the news, as well as her experience, with all of you. Win-win, if you ask me! Read on to learn all about my friend, Joanne's experience.


    WHERE: Bioxage Spa at Roosevelt Hotel

    Introducing the science to beauty and wonder, and the art to mind and body leisure; Bioxage Spa offers extraordinary design and comfort amidst the busy and hustling city of New York. Bioxage Spa provides wide selection of services from classic manicure and pedicure, advanced facial treatments to specialized massage therapies. The spa’s signature treatments include Gold Mud and Bioxage Facials, Discovery and Deep Tissue Massages and it’s very own Bioxage Plus Manicure and Pedicure. Bioxage Spa also offers a variety of waxing services, exclusive Dead Sea Skincare products and complimentary refreshments.

    You are invited to join us for an exceptional experience at Bioxage.








    WHAT: Oxygen Facial with LED Therapy

    This facial treatment stimulates blood circulation and increases the delivery of essential nutrients to the skin. This facial is designed to make the skin look brighter, more hydrated & more radiant than before. Moreover, this facial provides an instant glowing skin after the treatment.






    Joanne's Experience:

    At this point in my life I would call my skin very well behaved. In the winter I get dry flaky spots on my face and I tend to oiliness all year round but there aren't any big surprises. My regular routine includes cleanser, toner, and moisturizer with weekly exfoliation. The occasional facial treatment is just a little extra oomph to clear out any of that deep down dirt or get rid of all of the winter dullness and dryness. I was excited for Bioxage's Deep Cleansing Facial to wake my skin up after winter. Bioxage spa is located in a convenient spot in Midtown, tucked under the Roosevelt Hotel. It's on a quieter street which makes inside a calming environment. I was greeted and asked to fill out a questionnaire about my skin and regular routine which is a standard for all spas. Then I was taken into the treatment room where I removed all clothes above my waist and got under the sheet on the bed (it's always weird to get under covers with your pants on but also weird to take them off when not asked). The room was warm and the lights dimmed for ambience. There was no music coming in to the room itself but I could hear a little of the music from the reception area, light tinkly piano instrumentals. There was no noise from street traffic so it was a calm and relaxing environment. The esthetician came back in to the room and started by tucking my hair away from my forehead with a terry cloth headband and examining my face under a bright light (keep your eyes closed for this part!). Then she applied a lotion cleanser and a foaming cleanser which smelled like cherry and vanilla. It was a stronger scent than I was used to for face products but not unpleasant. Next came an exfoliating cleanser with a nice little face massage. After that the steam was turned on and she left the room. I was left to marinate with the steam directed at my face for about 10 minutes. It's sort of like being in a sauna and it's pretty relaxing. When she came back she gave me an arm massage which reminded me that sitting at a computer all day really messes up your muscles. Next came extractions. They're not the most pleasant of experiences - there is some pain - but I don't feel like a facial is really worth the money unless they happen. The bright light was turned back on and directed at my face. She started out with a very light hand on my forehead but then really went to work on my nose. I guess those pore strips don't do enough to clear out dirt and oil. She did a few more on my chin and jawline and then applied what I suspect was an LED wand to kill bacteria or reduce wrinkles (not that I have any! haha). That made occasional zapping feelings like static shock which were startling but not outright painful. Then there was another lotion type of cleanser which was left on my face while she gave me a shoulder and neck massage. After the cleanser was removed she applied lotion and massaged it into my face. The total time was exactly an hour, they've really got the timing down. I left feeling very relaxed and clean, if not a tad bit greasy from the massage oil. Now the challenge is to not touch my face and ruin her hard work! Bioxage has a full menu of facials and massage treatments, as well as manicures, pedicures and waxing. I would definitely return to Bioxage for another facial or perhaps a massage.




    She even took a selfie for us after her treatment! What a sport!




    So there you have it, my darlings! Want a spa session at a price you can't beat? Treat yourself or a loved one to a Spa Week gift card! Here's a little bit about them and the offer!

    About: In 2004, the Spa Week Event was launched in NYC with the goal to bring the spa & wellness experience to the masses by offering full service treatments, normally costing hundreds of dollars, for just $50 dollars each. It’s now a bi-annual event that takes place all over the US. We’ve expanded over the years with the launch of our Spa & Wellness Gift Cards which are accepted at over 9,000 spa & wellness locations across North America (including Yoga and Pilates studios). Besides being available online, you can purchase our gift cards in over 60,000 retail locations (including Target, Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and many more). A few of the popular locations that accept our cards include: Hilton, Hyatt, Four Seasons, Marriott and The Bar Method.

    Celebrating thirteen years of spreading a health and wellness message around the globe, Spa Week is Back for it's biannual Spring Spa Week Event. From April 17th-23rd, indulge in Spa Week’s $50 full service treatments. Book your appointment now.

    Just click on the image below to grab yours!


    Spa and Wellness Gift Card


    Are you looking forward to Spa Week? Tell me what service you're most looking forward to in the comments section below!






    ***Affiliate links present in this post.***
    ****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 :

    Facebook
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    Website



    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.****
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