Hi there, my darlings! Living in the US, you don't quite realize just how many everyday things you take for granted. Hand lotion, good pizza, roll-on deodorants (don't even let me get started on that)...and yes, indie polishes and handmade products! Yes, there are a few brands here in India that make handmade bath and body but they are few and far between. As for indie polish...virtually non-existent. It's so sad! So, when I landed up here, I knew I HAD to curate a list of all the indies that shipped globally, not only for my own sanity but for the sake of all my international ladies who are looking for a little something more special than what's available in the local pharmacy/drugstore/supermarket. Worry not, my international darlings! All the brands have got you covered! Enjoy! 😊💖


  • ALTER EGO BODY CARE PRODUCTS
Not just pretty polishes, Cynthia has recently expanded to create a line of handmade soaps. I have known her since the wee dawn of ColorSutraa and I have had the pleasure of running a couple of fun little giveaways with her!


You can find Cynthia of Alter Ego through the social media outlets below :

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  • BARONESS X
I discovered Baroness X last year when I saw rave reviews of her Matte Balm all over social media. So, I had to go get one for myself and boy! Does it work! Read my rave review HERE. I brought that balm with me all the way over here and I STILL have a lot of it left. But, I'm really glad she ships internationally because I'm definitely going to need back-ups!


You can find Demetria of Baroness X through the social media outlets below :

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  • BOHEMIAN POLISH
I got a little sneak preview of Jennifer's creations when I had put together my big Maker's Faves of 2015 giveaway--you can take a peek at that pretty polish HERE.


You can find Jennifer of Bohemian Polish through the social media outlets below :

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  • CAMEO COLOURS LACQUER
Cameo is my girl and I ADORE her! I worked with her since we were both just fledglings and we have become friends ever since. You can find one of my favorites from her recent collections HERE.


You can find Cameo of Cameo Colours Lacquers through the social media outlets below :

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  • CELESTIAL COSMETICS
Aussie indies have access to unicorns and fairy dust, I'm convinced! Their holos are nothing short of magical! And Nicki's creations, which I have loved for a very long time, are truly special. You can see for yourself HERE. She ships all over the world, either through her Australian home store or through her US warehouse!


You can find Nicki of Celestial Cosmetics through the social media outlets below :

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  • COLORS BY LLAROWE
Originally a stockist of all things indie, Llarowe created a frenzy when she announced her own line of polishes. With absolutely blinding holographic polishes, her line does not disappoint! My personal stash is FULL of them!


You can find Leah Ann of Color by Llarowe through the social media outlets below :

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  • CONTRARY POLISH
I haven't had a chance to work with Carrie of Contrary but I do own a few of her older shimmers which are truly beautiful!


You can find Carrie of Contrary Polish through the social media outlets below :

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  • CUPCAKE POLISH
The home of absolutely stunning holographic polishes! Personally, I'm a little obsessed with my Cupcake babies and made sure to bring almost my entire stash with me across the seven seas. You can read my reviews of her brand pretty much all over my blog but HERE is one of my favorite collections.


You can find Sara of Cupcake Polish through the social media outlets below :

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  • DELUSH POLISH
Another indie I haven't had a chance to work with...gasp! But Adrianna of Delush makes a gamut of pretty polishes as well as nail care and nail art products.


You can find Adrianna of Delush Polish through the social media outlets below :

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  • DIFFERENT dimension
When I first got into indies, Missi's beautiful polishes were one of the very first that caught my eye! She creates some of the most beautiful polishes that I have seen til date, that too in a variety of finishes that cater to all kinds of tastes. You can take a peek at one of my favorites from her recent collections HERE


You can find Missi of DIFFERENT dimension through the social media outlets below :

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  • DREAMLAND LACQUER
I had worked with Noelie since she was Smitten Polish and she never failed to impress me with the quality and beauty of her polishes. Just see for yourself HERE


You can find Noelie of Dreamland Lacquer through the social media outlets below :

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  • ellagee
I LOVE Laura of ellagee and have worked with her for years, so much so that she's also created a couple of gorgeous customs for me--check out one of my fave customs HERE. With ellagee, you can not only expect beautiful products but that extra special touch that only a truly wonderful indie can bring to the table.


You can find Laura of ellagee through the social media outlets below :

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  • ENCHANTED POLISH
What can I say about Enchanted Polish without hyperventilating a little?? Let's just say I'm a true fan-girl! Over the years, the most amazing thing happened--Chelsea took a special interest in my little blog, even when I was a total newb. She never failed to answer emails, join my giveaways when she could or follow what I was up to, so much so that my recent email to her was answered with warmth and queries of my well-being after the move. I have even had the immense pleasure of working with her HERE--as for her polishes, they will always hold a special place in my heart and my stash!


You can find Chelsea of Enchanted Polish through the social media outlets below :

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  • GIRLY BITS
Girly Bits is another brand that caught my fancy way back in the day--the name was whimsical and her polishes so pretty! My stash still has a couple of OG GB hidden here and there.


You can find Pam of Girly Bits through the social media outlets below :

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  • GLISTEN & GLOW
Ah...Jill! Affectionately dubbed Beanses, she was my very first polish BFF. We bonded over her HK Girl Topcoat, which will forever be my go-to topcoat, and became so much more than just polish friends. When she started making nail polishes, I couldn't have been prouder! Now this is a hard one to pick a favorite collection because I love her and her brand so much but HERE is top candidate.


You can find Jill of Glisten & Glow through the social media outlets below :

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  • HEATHER'S HUES
Heather and I first worked together when she was just starting out, as part of my new indie features. She has come a long way since then and I couldn't be happier for this sweet lady. HERE is my review of some of her very first creations.


You can find Heather of Heather's Hues through the social media outlets below :

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  • LILLY ANNE'S GARDEN
Misty is a nail blogger so you know she knows her stuff! I haven't had a chance to try her products yet but I love that she expanded into this venture!


You can find Misty of Lilly Anne's Garden through the social media outlets below :

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  • LOLLIPOP POSSE LACQUER
Karen and I were introduced during my big Maker's faves of 2015 giveaway...that giveaway really was amazing! Not only is the brand name super fun but so are her polishes, as you can see HERE!


You can find Karen of Lollipop Posse Lacquer through the social media outlets below :

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  • RICA NAIL POLISH
Although I haven't had a chance to try her polishes, I hear good things about her stamping line!


You can find Rica of Rica Polish through the social media outlets below :

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  • SASSY PANTS POLISH
I came to know Angie through my beloved new indie feature series and I remember her being super organized and generally really great to work with. And her polishes are lovely, as you can see HERE!


You can find Karen of Lollipop Posse Lacquer through the social media outlets below :

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AND
  • HANDMADE NATURAL BEAUTY
Angie also makes a line of handmade bath and body products which she also ships internationally!


You can find Angie of Handmade Natural Beauty through the social media outlets below :

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  • SMOKEY MOUNTAIN LACQUER
Kim sought me out a few years ago because she was specifically looking to add a WOC blogger to her team. For that, she will forever have my love and respect! From there, we hit it off and I became her main blogger until I moved. There are SO many polishes of hers that I adore but if I HAD to pick a favorite, it would be this one HERE! If you don't see your location listed on the website, drop Kim an email and she will take care of you!


You can find Kim of Smokey Mountain Lacquers through the social media outlets below :

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  • THE HOWLING BOUTIQUE'S SUPERMOON LACQUER
Mardi and I haven't had the chance to work together but I stalked her a bit online before this post and I LIKE what I see! She currently ships to 10 countries worldwide but is willing to expand shortly!


You can find Mardi of Super Moon Lacquers through the social media outlets below :

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  • TURTLE TOOTSIE POLISHES
Chrissy and I recently started working together as of 2015...and then I moved away! She's such a sweetheart so, I'm really glad she ships internationally! Take a look at one of my fave collections from her HERE.


You can find Chrissy of Turtle Tootsie Polishes through the social media outlets below :

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  • VIBRANT VINYLS
You would be shocked at how hard it is to find good vinyls here in India! I know I was! Amazon and AliExpress were my only options...until now! Yay for not only vinyls but a whole range of nail care that ships internationally!


You can find April of Vibrant Vinyls through the social media outlets below :

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  • whimsical nail polish by pam
Another OG indie in the house, Pam makes the most interesting glitters! I definitely still have some of her adorable little bottles in my stash somewhere!


You can find Pam of whimsical nail polish through the social media outlets below :

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Orders through email at pea422000@yahoo.com




So there you have it, all my international darlings! HAPPY SHOPPING!!!





Hi there, my darlings! Let me start this post with the hope that those of you fortunate enough to have been with your mom or are a mom yourself were able to spend Mother's Day celebrating and making memories! For me, personally, this was a special Mother's Day. since after being away from home for the past 16 years, I was finally able to be with the tiny lil mothership on the day itself. Sure, every year I sent her gifts and called her but the sheer joy of just being in her presence was something else altogether. This year, from the get-go, I knew I wanted to be extra-special! So, I badgered her to clear her busy social calendar and made sure I wheedled a restaurant name out of her. As for a gift, I have to admit I was stumped! I give her the latest beauty faves from my incoming packages and I make sure she's always well-stocked on her staples. But what could I give her that would mark 2017 as being truly special? While I pondered this endlessly, an email landed in my inbox and it was an instant no-brainer! Today, I'll be sharing with you my experience of creating a bespoke fragrance experience through Waft for my mom--a gift that she not only named but curated with her choices.


What is Waft?

Waft Grants Digital Access to Custom Commissioned Perfumes by the World's Top Perfumers

For the first time, Waft introduces the ability to craft custom commissioned perfumes made by many of the world's top perfumers, completely online. In partnership with International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF),Waft delivers the absolute highest quality ingredients, supreme craftsmanship, and complete personalization (down to the fragrances name) at an affordable price. In providing men and women their own signature fragrance designed by the same noses responsible for many of the most lauded branded perfumes, Waft marks the modernization and optimization of an entire industry.


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Each Waft perfume is uniquely tailored to the individual for which it is commissioned. Through
the digital platform, the consumer will answer a series of questions pertaining to their scent preferences, desires, and expectations. Additionally, for perfume connoisseurs already loyal to
various branded fragrances, Waft offers the ability to build a signature fragrance that captures
the core essences of their favorite scents. The individual will even have the opportunity to
name the fragrance and design its label. Once all information is submitted, Waft will deliver the
personalized perfume to the individual with the addition of two accessory scents for layering.




What a novel idea, right? I was intrigued from the get-go! Waft allows for a customizable experience simply by asking you a series of questions about your preferences. Some of the questions include:

Do you prefer a more masculine, a more feminine fragrance or a unisex scent?

  • Day or Night?
  • Preferred Mood: Fresh, Sexy, Elegant or Relaxed?
  • Personal Style: Classic or Trendy?
  • Potency: Subtle, Balanced or Daring?


You are also able to choose from a list of ingredients to identify those that are most appealing to your senses. Some of the choices include:

  • Rose
  • Musk
  • Sandalwood
  • Pear
  • Caramel

among the more common. There were some interesting options like Milk, Powder and Black Pepper too!

Then, you can choose your favorite brand of perfume so they have a general idea of what you love.

Finally comes the fun part! You get to name your custom fragrance, complete with font choices. If it's a gift, you'll be able to include a short message right on the bottle (see mine for the mothership in the pic above).

Not only will you receive your custom fragrance but also two accessory or layering fragrances to complement your order!




So what's the verdict? I personally enjoyed the quick and easy process of commissioning our fragrance--it felt like my mother and I were creating something special together. And the entire process took just 5 minutes--short and sweet! As for the mothership, she LOVES her new perfume! It has many of the notes she loves and she was very happy with it! I barely managed to get pictures taken before she spirited her gifts away!

Her suggestions for improvement? She found the main fragrance didn't last as long as she would have liked and it left a little residue when applied directly on her clothing (probably a mistake in most scenarios--always apply to bare skin, people!). While she is still really enjoying her custom scent, she was bowled away by the accessory scents--her favorite is the one below, a predominantly Jasmine blend while the other was a predominantly Musk/Sandalwood scent (shown above).




So there you have it, my darlings! You can create your very own signature scent for yourself or as a gift on Waft's site HERE--they ship to many countries worldwide and are in the process of adding more destinations to their list! But WAIT! Waft has very generously offered my readers a 10% discount--just use code COLORSUTRA at checkout


Don't forget to follow Waft through the social media outlets below to find out more:

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How did you spend Mother's Day? What do you think of Waft, either for yourself or as a gift for a special someone? 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! You know how I keep whining about the heat in India? Well, brace yourselves...No, but really, let me tell you how the 100+ degrees temperatures affects a weird little brown girl like yours truly. Makeup and I haven't been too friendly lately, since the heat allows for a matte lipstick and maybe some eyeliner on good days. My skin is revolting with random breakouts since I can't seem to abide any kind of skincare routine, usually sticking to just thorough cleansing and exfoliating--forget about even a BB cream when going out. And to top it all off, I have managed to catch an ugly cough and cold. Ugh. But I have recently discovered a couple of products that have not only helped my skin but also aids in cooling it off! So, today I'm sharing the genius that is Pixi Beauty's Multi Mist! Take a look at the Mists available and find your favorite!


GLOW MIST:

All-over glow mist for a radiant, dewy effect.
  • Gives a glowing, luminous and smooth complexion
  • Enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts
  • Hydrates, protects and nourishes
  • Sets makeup, adds a dewy finish and protects skin
  • Refreshes makeup, hydrates and adds glow
  • Suits all skin types
  • Not tested on animals

I'm a huge fan of Pixi's Glow Tonic so this is the first one I reached for and true to form, this one is one of my favorites! I use this first, before applying even the lightest BB cream or loose powder, on those special nights out when I can't help but want a little glam. It serves to not only tones but prep and prime my skin so my makeup applies easier and stays on longer!




HYDRATING MILKY MIST:

A deeply hydrating mist that provides an invisible layer of skin-soothers, making it the ultimate remedy for dry skin.

  • This featherlight mist provides an instant surge of hydration with hyaluronic acid to plump skin 
  • A blend of black oat, provitamin A, and linoleic acid makes this rejuvenator the perfect first layer of moisture before serums or makeup
  • Suits all skin types
  • Not tested on animals

I have a confession--I had all but given up moisturizer ever since I landed back in India. Don't judge me, guys! It's just too hot! But, this little bottle has proved to be a lifesaver. Virtually weightless and easily absorbed, it allows me to moisturize even in this awful heat! Particularly useful after a good exfoliation treatment.





VITAMIN MAKEUP MIST:

Boosting Treatment Toner mist gives a revitalized awakened effect to complexion

  • Boosting Treatment Toner mist gives a revitalized awakened effect to complexion
  • The orange blossom water base is blended with skin-loving citrus fruit extracts, lavender, and arginine 
  • Strengthens and tones
  • Adds hydration and a protective veil
  • Cools, refreshes, & wakes up skin
  • Suits all skin types
  • Free from testing on animals

This has become my go-to toner ever since it landed at my doorstep! It's light, refreshing and leaves my skin feeling soft yet firm--everything that a toner should be! The water base is perfect for Summers, when everything seems to leave a residue. This has totally become a part of my albeit shortened night-time skincare routine.






MAKEUP FIXING MIST:

All-over setting spray for longer-wearing makeup
  • Prolongs makeup wear and keeps it from moving, melting, and settling into fine lines or pores
  • The rose water and green tea infused formula comforts, protects and balances skin for a fresh face 
  • Extends and refreshes makeup, hydrates and balances
  • Sets makeup adds a soft-focus finis


To demonstrate just how awesome this last spray, let me tell you a quick story. Two nights ago, we traveled as a family to my cousin's wife's birthday party. A hour away. In a car where the air-conditioning was a joke. With 5 other people. AND my cousin decided it would be fun to have dinner under the stars. Needless to say...HOT LIKE FIRE! Pretty much everything melted off...except my makeup. Imagine my surprise when I came home and my highlighter was still on and my eyeshadow hadn't smeared in the list. THAT, my darlings, is how awesome this spray is!




So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up any of these fabulous mists on Pixi Beauty's site HERE for the price of $15.00--grab a couple before Summer hits the US! Shipping within the US is free over $25!

Not in the US? Pixi Beauty ships globally through their UK site HERE. Free shipping over £35 is too good to pass up!

Don't forget to follow Pixi Beauty through the social media outlets below for all the latest about their products:

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Which of these mists would you find most useful? 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! When you think of a Hall of Fame, what comes to mind? For me, personally, I think of timeless classics, that are both iconic in some way and most definitely memorable. That description right there can be tough to live up to! Because the last thing one wants is for something mediocre to land up in a Hall of Fame, right?! That's why I was so intrigued when I was given the opportunity to review and share The Fragrance Foundation's 2017 nominees in the Consumers Choice Hall of Fame category. Do they live up to the expectation associated with the nomination? One short word: YES! While once again, these are still making their way to me, luckily this time around I'm familiar with every single one of these! Now, this post just reveals the nominees and I will share my thoughts in detail on each one on social media once I have a chance to refresh my memory but since there's the matter of YOU getting to vote for your favorite, let's not waste time!


If you missed my last post, here's a little about The Fragrance Foundation:

The Fragrance Foundation is passionately devoted to celebrating and promoting fragrance in all its forms. Our membership is made up of over 80 of the world's leading beauty and fragrance companies. We serve our member companies as a resource for industry expertise, innovation and education.

Every year, we celebrate the creative achievements of the fragrance industry at The Fragrance Foundation Awards. Considered the "Oscars" of the beauty indutstry, The Fragrance Foundation Awards are attended by over 800 celebrities, influencers and top executives from the world of fragrance.

The Consumer Choice Award is the only award voted on by members of the general public. For brands and consumers, this has become one of our most beloved categories and one of the most hotly anticipated awards.


This is the first year that consumers are able to vote for Fragrance Hall of Fame, which honors a classic men's or women's fragrance that has been on the market for 15 years or more.

And here are the very first year's nominees!


  • WARM VANILLA SUGAR by BATH AND BODY WORKS SIGNATURE COLLECTION


One of America’s Favorite & our original gourmand launched in 2000, Warm Vanilla Sugar is truly an iconic vanilla scent!

With notes of Intoxicating Vanilla, White Orchid, Sparkling Sugar, Fresh Jasmine & Creamy Sandalwood, this fragrance is one you’ll want to cozy up to.

FRAGRANCE NOTES
Top: Intoxicating Vanilla, White Orchid
Mid: Vanilla Tonka, Sparkling Sugar, Fresh Coconut, Fresh Jasmine
Dry: Warm Vanilla Bean, Cocoa Bean, Creamy Sandalwood





  • pleasures by ESTEE LAUDER
Discover the delightful new spirit in fragrance.
A sheer flowering to delight all the senses.
All the time.


TOP NOTES
This radiant fragrance opens with a clear, dewy top note brimming with pure white lilies and fresh  violet leaves uplifted by green accents.
MIDDLE NOTES
The middle notes are opulent, yet sheer and airy. Black lilacs, white peonies, pink roses, natural
jasmine, exotic karo-karounde blossoms from West Africa and tingling with the rare essence of baie rose.
BASE NOTES
Indian sandalwood and patchouli bring a lingering sensuality to the fragrance.





  • ROMANCE by RALPH LAUREN


RALPH LAUREN ROMANCE is the fragrance that captures the timeless essence of falling in love . Created for the woman who believes in true love, affection, warmth and togetherness, this fragrance combines the sensual essence of velvety woods, extravagant florals and seductive musk.

TOP NOTES: Chamomile, Ginger, Sun Goddess Rose, Lychee
MID NOTES: Marigold, Night-blooming Daylilly, White Violet, Paradisone
BASE NOTES: Skin musk, Patchouli Coeur, Exotic Wood
FRAGRANCE TYPE: FLORAL Chypre






  • HEAVENLY by VICTORIA'S SECRET


Fall for the one and only Victoria’s Secret Heavenly, our romantic most-loved fragrance in a gorgeous bottle.

Fragrance type: Warm
Notes: White musk, sandalwood, vanilla and white peony







  • ETERNITY FOR MEN by CALVIN KLEIN


Exhilarating · Distinctive · Classic
“ETERNITY for men fragrance reflects the spirit of today's man, with traditional, timeless values.”
--
Calvin Klein 

ETERNITY for men fragrance symbolizes the spirit of today's man: sensitive yet masculine, refined yet strong. “He's a romantic dedicated to basic values--family, work, health and happiness. A man at ease with himself, in his relationships and with his world,” says Klein. ETERNITY for men is the singular expression of the vitality and confidence that characterizes today's masculine
sensibility.

ETERNITY for men fragrance. A classic, refreshing scent that's exhilarating and distinctly
masculine with a cool, crisp edge and a warm, woodsy trail.

top notes: mandarin, lavender, green botanics
middle notes: jasmine, basil, geranium, sage
bottom notes: sandalwood, vetiver, rosewood, amber

So there you have it, my darlings! Feel that one of these is clearly a winner? Go and vote for YOUR favorite HERE! Voting is open until 11:59:59 EST on May 31, 2017 and winners will be announced in New York City on the evening of June 14, 2017.


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Have you tried any of these iconic fragrances? If so, which one(s) are your faves? 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.****
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