Hi there, my darlings! Ah, Winter seems to have finally arrived after that blink-and-you'll-miss-it Fall week! And with Winter comes the need to want to hibernate...at least, for me! The colder months will often find me safely ensconced in my bed, under an impossibly soft blanket, binge-watching my latest favorite show. I try to stay home and avoid venturing out as much as possible...because naps don't get any better than during these precious few months. That means, I often neglect doing even the little essentials that we take for granted during the summer months. Go out to eat? Nope, order in! Go watch a movie? Nah, let's Netflix all night long. Go to the salon? I don't think so. But the problem with that is I having to dying to change up my hair color for awhile now. I'll let you in on a little secret--I've been coloring my hair for ages now, since I was just a teenager. Never anything wild (although I'm dying to try a balayage) but never sticking to my natural dark brown. But, lately I've noticed a lot of hair fall and even...*gasp*...thinning at the crown. So, I decided to stay away from coloring my hair for awhile and just focus on getting my hair healthy. And with the holiday expenses quickly racking up, I figured I was saving on the expense too.

But the heart will want, what the heart wants. And I wanted lighter hair! So, when I had the opportunity to try out a new product that promises to lighten your hair at the fraction of the cost of a trip to the hairdresser and that too, from the comfort of your own home, I knew I had to try it out for myself. Enter Sun In, a spray-in hair lightener that doesn't even need the sun to bring out gorgeous highlights!


SUN IN Hair Lightener, Tropical Breeze

Sun In is the fast, easy way to lighten your hair even outside of the sun. Sun In starts working with just one application. And it’s easy - just spray it in and let the heat of the blow dryer do the work! There’s no easier way to a lighter, brighter look.


The steps are easy as one, two, three!

1. Start with freshly washed and towel-dried hair. It's important to leave your hair damp!

2. Spray Sun In hair lightener either on your entire hair or, if you want specific highlights, on those specific sections. I generously misted my hair since I have darker hair that often can be difficult to color AND I have quite a lot of hair. Comb through to evenly distribute the product.

3. Style your hair using a blow-dryer or, as I did in my case, a hot air brush. Sun In does NOT require the sun but it IS heat-activated.


Here's a look at my hair before I went for that wash. You can probably see the uneven color when my roots grew WAY out, ugh.




Now here comes the fun part! I mentioned that my hair is fairly dark, I would say a rich dark brown. Sun In is said to work best for blonde to medium brown hair so I wasn't sure if it was going to work on mine. Let me tell you what a pleasant surprise it was to see that it totally did! The changes are subtle but definitely noticeable, as you can see in the picture below. My hair is not only lighter, transformed to a toasty, deep chestnut brown, but the color is much more even and I even have few highlights (I'm guessing from those areas that got a little more product). YAY!




Here's a close-up under some very bright lights to show you those highlights. I can hardly believe it myself! Sun In works so well! And the best parts? Not only is this product super affordable but it's so easy to use--the process didn't take but a minute longer than my usual styling routine. Moreover, I'm really impressed with how soft it left my hair feeling. As I mentioned, I have stayed away from coloring because of the harsh effects of it but this treatment did not damage my hair in any way. With ingredients like aloe and chamomile as well as the absence of alcohol or any metallic dyes in the formula, it's no wonder really.




Planning a get-away to a warmer place this Winter? Lucky you! Take your Sun In with you! Because although the product does not REQUIRE the sun, you can lighten your hair while you're off cavorting at the beach--it's heat-activated so real sunlight or a handy little hot styling tool, the choice is really yours. Available in two scents, Lemon Fresh and Tropical Breeze, the latter is definitely my favorite with it's light fragrance that reminds me of Pina Coladas!




So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up a bottle of Sun In hair lightener to switch up your look at your local Walmart. Find your store HERE.


Are you looking to change up your hairstyle this Winter? Would you try Sun-In to lighten your hair? Tell me in the comments section below!









***This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own***


Hi there, my darlings! Baby, it's cold outside! Yup, even all the way over here! Well, maybe not as cold as NYC could get but there's definitely a bit of a nip in the air. And you know what that means! It's time to change things up in our beauty routines. While I admittedly forgo just about everything during the summers, it's an entirely different ball game during the colder months. I make sure to pay special attention to my skin and both my Winter color palette and makeup choices reflect the drop in temperatures. So, today, I'm going to share a few new arrivals from Pixi Beauty that helps me keep my lips soft, sexy and winter-ready!


SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM ($8.00)

Treat lips while giving them gorgeous colour with this multi-tasking miracle lip balm!

What it is formulated to do:
• Awaken lips with this super-nourishing balm
• The unique formula is rich but lightweight and gives a gorgeous wash of colour to lips – it’s the perfect pick-me-up anytime!
• Packed full of beneficial ingredients, this balm soothes lips immediately & nourishes them long term
• Shea butter nourishes the skin
• Vitamin E protects the skin



I'm a self-proclaimed lip balm fiend! Well, maybe not as much as my sister, who literally cannot live without lip balm but I have to admit that I do love lip balm a fair bit. Winters can be tough on the lips, especially when you have a habit of biting your lips while concentrating, like yours truly. Which is why, I always have my favorite lip balm of the moment within arm's reach.

Right now, I'm absolutely loving these lip balms from Pixi. They are incredibly hydrating with all that shea butter goodness, without being sticky or tacky. And I don't know about you, I like my balms to have a bit of a tint. Even when you're curled up under a heap of blankets at home, it doesn't mean you can't have a little prettiness in your life! And these are oh-so-pretty!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Pixi Pink, Ripe Raspberry and Sweet Peach Shea Butter Lip Balms


Available in 6 shades, I have three to share today. From left to right:
  • Pixi Pink
  • Ripe Raspberry
  • Sweet Peach

My favorite is definitely Ripe Raspberry!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Pixi Pink, Ripe Raspberry and Sweet Peach Shea Butter Lip Balms



MATTELUSTRE LIPSTICK($12.00)

Full-coverage, adjustable-finish lipstick for long lasting, vivid lip colour with a plumping effect.

The ultimate in multi-tasking lip enhancement, this demi-matte lipstick conditions, plumps and protects lips while giving long lasting, intense colour. Added peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C & E help to create fuller, smoother looking lips.


I love a good matte lipstick, any time of the year! But these are not your usual mattes. When I say that, you may want to glance at the description once. Because I know I did. These are demi-mattes. In other words, you do get a fair bit of pigmentation if you layer it on but they still have quite a bit of a hydrating effect to them. Hence, the sheen you see in the photos. The cons to this finish is that it does transfer and wear off more than a regular matte. But the advantage lies in the formula--if you have dry lips, these are so much more comfortable during the colder months. You can give your lips a rich tint of color or build it up for a deeper hue--the choice is yours! Honestly, I still prefer my liquid mattes but I would definitely use these on those days when my lips are feeling a little under the weather.



FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Bitten Rose, Plum Berry, and Rose Naturelle Mattelustre Lipsticks


Available in 6 shades, I have three to share today. From left to right:
  • Bitten Rose
  • Plum Berry
  • Rose Naturelle
No prizes for guessing my favorite--Plum Berry is totally up my alley!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP ROW: Bitten Rose, Plum Berry, and
BOTTOM ROW: Rose Naturelle Mattelustre Lipsticks



So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up any of these Winter-ready lip favorites on Pixi Beauty's site HERE. Shipping, as always, is free over $25 within the US!


Not in the US? Pixi Beauty ships globally through their UK site HERE. Free shipping over £35 is a great bonus!


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

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What are your favorite lip products for the colder months? 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! So, I'm back from my month long vacation in the UAE! Back home (at least, temporarily in India). Which is a bit...whomp, for lack for a better term. The UAE surprised me--it's so much cleaner, more extravagant more exciting than India...so EXTRA! Which I absolutely love. So, coming home has been a bit of a let-down. Besides, I miss being with my sister. Yes, I know, I have a bit of the back-home blues! But, if there's one thing I missed while being away, it was my regular manicures. Now, having started my blogging journey exclusively doing nails, I take my manicures seriously. I prefer to do them at home and make sure I have all the proper tools to make not only my nails, but my cuticles look and feel good. Recently, I've turned to Sally Hansen for my nail care needs since they are affordable, easily available just about anywhere in the world and most importantly, easy to use! Take a look at some of my favorite products for an easy, DIY manicure from the comfort of my own home!


18K GOLD CUTICLE ERASER and COLOR THERAPY (shown above)

*STEP 1: 
All-in-one exfoliating treatment with rich gold formula that nourishes dry cuticles Instantly smooth cuticles and trap moisture into skin

Quartz granules buff and exfoliate cuticles. 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser is a must for healthy-looking, smooth cuticles. Exclusive gel texture combined with real gold trap moisture and nourishes cuticles.

Features an innovative applicator with a built-in cuticle pusher cap, for a luminous, healthy-looking, beautiful nails and cuticles!

Healthy cuticles is a must for me but I tend to get dry, flaky cuticles quite frequently. Oh and little, annoying hangnails. But a quick treatment with this easy-to-use cuticle eraser followed by a quick scrape of the dead skin and pushing back my cuticles goes a long way to maintaining my cuticle health. The applicator tip is so easy to use and really allows you to get the product into all those nooks and crannies. A total essential for me!

*STEP 2: 
File! I use a glass nail file to keep my nails in a square or squoval shape. I also lightly buff my nail beds to keep them smooth, although I do have ridges naturally which need a base coat to smooth out.

*Step 3: 
FINISH OFF YOUR MANICURE WITH COLOR THERAPY™ NAIL & CUTICLE OIL, FORMULATED WITH BREAKTHROUGH ARGAN OIL FORMULA. YOUR ULTIMATE IN NAIL THERAPY.

Moisturizing and nourishing oil
Instantly restores radiance to nails and cuticles
Promotes strong, resilient natural nails

This is such a light and super absorbent yet nourishing cuticle oil that I find just a couple of applications will bring about a noticeable difference in my nail and cuticle health. I love the delicate, almost chocolate-y scent to it--I'm usually not a fan of food scents in my beauty products but this one is light enough for me to enjoy.




Then, on to color! Shown below are two shades that are perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

Buffalo Nickel is a silver metallic polish. I found the application to be a bit on the patchier side and should have gone with 3 coats rather than the 2 coats shown below. Topped on the ring and pinkie fingers with their Miracle Gel topcoat. Metallics are always on trend for the Fall and Winter seasons and application aside, I love how pretty this silver is!







Red Eye is a classic, bright red creme with a warm orange undertone. Fabulous formula and application, this provides easy, full coverage in 2 coats. Topped with Miracle Gel topcoat on the middle and pinkie fingers, which I prefer because I get the smoothest finish and the ridges in my natural nails aren't at all visible. I'm a sucker for red nails and this one has become a fave with both myself and the mothership!





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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Do you like to do your own manicures at home? If so, what are your go-to mani products? 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! So, let's see now, it's been awhile, huh? With my last post and update, I mentioned that I was in the UAE, visiting my sister and brother-in-law, for about 2 weeks. Wellll, that 2 weeks changed to going on 5 weeks now and I gotta say, this impromptu hiatus was just what the doctor ordered! Now, don't get me wrong, I still love blogging and I definitely still love all things beauty! But the move to India has been a challenge in many ways and blogging just happens to be one of them. With the time difference, the completely unknown PR channels, the frustration of dealing with customs hassles, and the fact that many of the brands I had come to rely on are still not easily available (if at all!)... let's just say, motivation has been an issue. That being said, this trip to the UAE and my re-acquaintance with all things glitzy and glamorous really reminded me how excited I really am about the beauty world. I picked up a few new goodies and had a few things shipped to me while I was here so, refreshed and rejuvenated, I'll be back on a regular schedule as early as next week. And just in time for the holidays! YAY!
Now, I couldn't let this week pass without posting something about my favorite shopping day of the year, now could I? For a girl for whom getting a good sale is practically a moral code, Black Friday is the ultimate day of indulgence. So, today I'm going to share with you all a look at the recent additions to Zoya's Perfect Lipsticks collection...PLUS details on their Black Friday extravaganza! Buckle up, cos this is gonna be good!


ZOYA PERFECT LIPSTICK

Back to basics but even better; Zoya perfects the classic lipstick cream formula to allow lips to stay moist for hours without the mess. The medium wear formula is specifically designed to last 4 to 6 hours without cracking or drying. All this in a light weight yet well pigmented unflavored formula that you're going to love.
7 NEW SHADES PERFECT FOR FALL:

  • ADDIE: a pinky nude apricot in a hydrating cream formula
  • BRISTOL: a medium wine tone in a hydrating cream formula
  • IZZY: a deep fuchsia in a hydrating cream formula
  • LAYNE: a medium dusty rose in a hydrating cream formula
  • LUCKY: a vibrant cool toned pink in a hydrating cream formula
  • MAGGIE: a deep berry in a hydrating cream formula
  • TOMMY: a saturated blurple in a hydrating cream formula



Now, I'll start off by saying that, when it comes to lipsticks, I'm a hardcore matte, preferably liquid, lipstick kinda girl. I like bold lipstick shades but I definitely don't have the patience to want to re-apply my lipstick every couple of hours to keep it looking perfect. So, pigmentation is important to me, as is lasting power. I want a lipstick that'll stay with me through all the chatter and all the meals and basically all day.

So, admittedly, I don't reach for cream that much. These, being the exception. I love quite a few of Zoya's Perfect shades and there are 3 or 4 from this bunch that got added to my permanent rotation. These may be formulated as creams but they have the pigmentation and performance of some of my favorite mattes. They are incredibly comfortable on the lips, not being too sticky nor tacky. I just blot a little of the shine off with just a regular ol' tissue and these are almost as good as any matte when it comes to coverage and just how long they last. Yes, I do have to re-apply after a particularly heavy (read: oily) meal but other than that, I'm very impressed with the formula.

Favorites? Definitely Izzy, Lucky and Maggie. I'm not a hundred percent positive that I'll be brave enough to rock Tommy, especially since it is a bit patchy, but hey you just never know!


ZOYA PERFECT LIPSTICKS:
TOP, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Addie, Bristol and Izzy
BOTTOM, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Layne, Lucky, Maggie and Tommy

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 each.

But wait! Black Friday is just a day away and Zoya has got an amazing deal up their sleeves! Check it out:

For one day only (11/24/17), fans can get 50% off ANY order on Zoya's website HERE PLUS Free Shipping! (This includes all Nail Polish, Holiday Kits, Lip Shades, Naked Manicure, Qtica, Smart Spa, and Treatments.)

Code: FRIYAY

Valid to US and Canada Consumers until 11:59pm ET on 11/24/17.
(International Shipping Fees Apply for Canadian customers).





For all the latest info, don't forget to follow Zoya through the social media outlets below :

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Which of these gorgeous shades caught your eye? Will you be picking any of them up during the BF sale? 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! As many of you know, my personal background and education is in Science. Biology, specifically. It was never anything else for me--even as a teenager, I was always fascinated by the intricate workings of the human body. Years later, after obtaining my degree and launching ColorSutraa, Science remains a huge part of my life. Yes, I love everything to do with beauty products from the aesthetic angle but how those products work continues to fascinate me. Hence, I'm always on the look-out for the latest innovations in the beauty world. That truly waterproof mascara and what makes it so. Hair care that arrests hair fall and maintains the vibrancy of your hair. And particularly, skincare that addresses your skin's individual needs and works to keep it healthy. For me personally, that means keeping my skin clear and hopefully youthful. That's why today, I'd like to share with you an innovative new product from SiO Beauty that addresses that most pressing concern as we get older--wrinkles! SiO Beauty's newly launched SiO FaceLift allows you to treat the signs of aging from the comfort of your own home...and that too, at a very affordable price point! Let's take a look at this product in a little more depth:


SIO FACELIFT: ($49.95)

NO-NEEDLES, OVERNIGHT FACELIFT

Pull an all-nighter, and achieve the radiant, rejuvenated skin of your dreams! Comfy, potent, medical grade silicone patches firm, plump and erase the appearance of telltale aging lines around your neck, forehead, and eyes while you sleep. Wake to face the day with totally transformed smooth, radiant, rejuvenated skin!

What's Included: 1 Browlift Patch, 2 Eye & Smile Lift Patches, 1 NeckLift Patch (15 Uses Per Patch)




Now, let me begin by saying that I'm not unfamiliar with SiO Beauty, having had the chance to test their genius 3-step Decollete system that targets one of our more neglected parts, the decolletage. You can read all about my thoughts on it HERE.

Having already been quite impressed by the brand, I was quite excited to try the new FaceLift out. As much as I hate to admit it, time stops for no one and I am getting older. While I'm ever thankful for my mother's genes which means that wrinkles are still awhile away, I do notice quite a few fine lines. Particularly around my mouth (because I do laugh A LOT!) and between my brows (because I also tend to do things with single-minded focus and hence frown my way through them, sigh). So, a product that could help smooth those fine lines and keep those wrinkles at bay even longer? Of course I had to try it out for myself!

The product is very easy to use and wonderfully travel-friendly--no bigger nor thicker than your average sheet mask. Inside, you will find the silicone patches, covered in plastic film. Application is simple and I've outlined it for you below:

  1. Start with a CLEAN, dry face. That means, the night that you decide to use your FaceLift, skip your usual moisturizer, serum, etc. Just thoroughly remove makeup and cleanse your face. Allow to completely dry. You don't want anything else between your skin and the patches!
  2. Remove the plastic film from each and apply the adherent (sticky!) side to your face--the comma-shaped patches to either under your eyes or framing your mouth, the squat T-shaped patch to your forehead and the largest piece across your neck.
  3. Smooth the patches in place and go off to sleep! Or if you're using it during the daytime, go about your business for ideally the next 6-8 hours. The patches are incredibly light and very comfortable to wear! After awhile, you won't notice they're there. I didn't! I'm one of those people who don't like anything on my face while I'm sleeping and yet I slept through the night just fine!
  4. When you wake up in the morning (or your desired amount of time has elapsed), simply gently peel the patches off your face and place them, sticky side DOWN, on your enclosed storage shield. Slip the whole thing into a Ziplock bag and you can re-use your patches up to 15 times. Yup! FIFTEEN times! (see below)
  5. If you need to clean your patches, just wash with water and a mild cleanser. Or wipe down with a water-based wipe and let air-dry completely. They'll be as good as new for much longer!




Now, let's talk about results. In short, I'm impressed...yet again! SiO Beauty promises results in as little as ONE night and while I won't say that all my fine lines disappeared in one night, I definitely did wake up to smoother, firmer skin after my first night's use. My forehead and neck was particularly noticeable.

I'm also really loving that these patches are re-usable. I don't even know how much a face lift would set you back if you went for a surgical procedure but I do know that you can't beat this price! And that too, these are completely painless--a big plus if your pain tolerance is as low as mine. I didn't find them at all uncomfortable to wear but if you tend to sweat a lot at night and find your patches falling off, just use them for a couple hours during the day for a quicker, even easier way to get the job done.

All in all, I definitely intend to keep using these. I already like how they make my skin feel after just a couple uses and I'm optimistic that they will help ease these pesky fine lines with regular use!




So there you have it, my darlings! The SiO FaceLift from SiO Beauty is available now on their website HERE for the price of $10 for a one-time purchase. Subscribe to have it delivered to your doorstep at the frequency you choose and save 20% off with free shipping within the US!


To find out more about SiO Beauty and their innovative products, you can follow them through the social media outlets below :

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What do you think of this innovative product? Would you use these patches? If so, where do you need a little help erasing time? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below!






****This post was sponsored by Sio Beauty. Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****


Hi there, my darlings! Tomorrow is a big day here in India--DIWALI! The Festival of Lights is a celebration of light, joy and renewal in Hindu mythology. Families gather together on this day to spend time with loved ones, exchange gifts and welcome in a new year of abundance into their lives. And, of course, because India and us Indians are SO EXTRA, and very proud of, this day also means firecrackers, dressing up in our shiny best and generally over-indulging in life. What better day than today to step a little bit out of one's comfort zone, right? That's exactly what this post showcases while featuring 3 pretty yet slightly out-of-my-color-spectrum shades of Rimmel's the Only 1 Matte lipsticks!


THE ONLY 1 MATTE Lipstick ($7.25)

A no compromise all-in-one lipstick, with a slanted lipstick bullet for an effortless application.
  • High impact color
  • Long-lasting
  • All day comfort, moisture and wear
Available in 10 shades.




Let me just begin by saying that I really enjoy the formula of this lipsticks. I love a good matte lippie and mattes are pretty much all I wear, especially now that I live in a humid tropical climate for the time being. These are very easy to wear and feel incredibly smooth and comfortable on the lips, which is a big plus when it comes to mattes, be it any season. They aren't overly drying nor do they get flaky, which is my biggest pet peeve with some mattes.

I was actually very surprised, and pleasantly so, by how pigmented these shades are. While pretty enough, the shades look quite pale when you open the tubes up. But don't let that fool you! These lippies pack quite the punch when it comes to pigmentation! While the first shades is a bit too light for my skin tone, I really like the second and absolutely love the third--High Flyer is the dusty pink shade that I'm always on the look out for!

All in all, these aren't my go-to reds and berries, but these colors allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and find a new fave! Maybe you can too!

Shown below, from left to right:

  • Leader of the Pink (110) 
  • Keep It Coral (600)  
  • High Flyer (610)





So there you have it, my darlings! Rimmel products are available at fine retailers and mass merchandisers nationwide, such as Rite Aid and CVS, across the US. To find a retailer near you, please visit Rimmel's website HERE.


Rimmel is a global brand for quality cosmetics and can be found across the world...including in India! Yay!


To discover other great products, you can follow Rimmel through the outlets below :

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Have you picked up any of The Only 1 matte lippies? Do you have a favorite? If not, which of the three shades above do you like best? 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! Today's post is a SUPER exciting one and just in time for birthday week! YAY! What do I have up my sleeve? Well, today. I’ve joined up with 34 other beauty bloggers to do a Mega Beauty Blog Hop GIVEAWAY! If you are unfamiliar what a blog hop is, it’s pretty simple. Each lady in the hop is giving away something beauty related. All of the prizes are from cruelty-free brands. You can click through from one blog to another, entering the giveaways as you go. I recommend that you keep track of your entries by paying attention to the numbered list. You do not need to enter all in a single sitting--just come back and complete all entries by October 31st.

You can enter 1, 10, 20 etc. or all of the individual giveaways that are linked below. If you enter all 35 of these individual giveaways, then you’ll be eligible to enter to win the grand prize of $350 PayPal Cash. Think of the things you could buy with that! 

The Grand Prize entry form is on every one of the participating blogs, so you only need to enter once at the blog that you end on. All entries will be verified once the giveaway is over, so please give us a few days to announce the winners. Make sure you follow ALL the rules of each giveaway so you won’t be disqualified! This blog hop giveaway will run for 2 weeks, ending on October 31st at 11:59pm EST and is open to all

*In the event that you get an ERROR message when clicking on any of the links below, try clicking on the HOME page of that blog. Or come back later and try again. There are often hiccups that happen in the beginning of a pre-scheduled blog hop such as this. Thank you for your patience!*

But, first things first — you’ve gotta enter my giveaway! Enter through the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $50 e-gift card to one of my favorite brands, Pixi Beauty. Not only are they proudly cruelty-free but they also ship all over the world. So, yes, this giveaway IS open internationally! Good luck, my darlings! <3




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Ready to start hopping? Off you go!
  1. Makeup Obsessed Mom
  2. Notes from My Dressing Table
  3. Thefabzilla
  4. The Feminine Files
  5. Beauty and Fashion Tech
  6. Portrait of Mai
  7. Realizing Beauty
  8. Style, Decor & More
  9. NorahLovesMakeup
  10. I Like to Talk A Lot
  11. My Beauty Bunny
  12. Beauty Info Zone
  13. Collective Beauty
  14. Geniabeme
  15. Phyrra
  16. The Plastic Diaries
  17. Ahleessa 4 Realz
  18. HashtagFabLife
  19. My Highest Self
  20. Polarbelle
  21. Just Tiki
  22. Brighter, Darling
  23. Haus of Hounds
  24. XO, Noelle
  25. Kate Loves Makeup
  26. ColorSutraa
  27. The Daily Nail
  28. Glam and Uncensored
  29. Keely's Nails
  30. From My Vanity
  31. Beaumiroir
  32. We Heart This
  33. Prime Beauty
  34. Chick Lit Plus
  35. PolishGalore
And now for the GRAND PRIZE entry!! Do not enter until you have completed ALL 35 beauty blogger giveaways. All entries will be verified. Good Luck!








Hi there, my darlings. It's been a rough week so far, I'm not going to lie. Even being all the way here, the tragedy in Las Vegas hit a nerve. It seems every day there's some news or the other of utter devastation across the world and, as a beauty blogger and a natural optimist, it still becomes very hard to find the motivation and excitement for what I do. How does one get excited over beauty products when the world seems to swirling into madness and despair? After a conversation with fellow bloggers who have felt similarly in the light of recent events, it comes down to you, our readers. We do what we do to connect with our readers and share in something that not only brings happiness but a little bit of relief from everything miserable that goes on in the world. After all, beauty transcends all borders and brings so many people around the world together in the love of color and texture and creativity. So, we carry on, while praying for the people to find more love in their hearts. Love and beauty, that's all we can ask for.

Today, this is my attempt to dive right into the deep end. October marks not only the beginning of my favorite season, Fall, but also birthday month. So, today's post is a celebration of some of my favorite trendy beauty techniques, from a brand I'm really loving lately. Model's Own is now available in Ulta across the US and they are quickly taking over my makeup bag. Take a look at some of my picks for Fall.


BOLD BROWS with NOW BROW Pencil and Blender duo ($8.99):

Raise eyebrows with this brow pencil and blender duo. Smudge the defined brow with the blender end for a naturally bold finish.


As I get older, I have noticed a few gaps in my brows and hence the need to fill them end to get the bold, defined look I want. Ugh, age, I tell you. I think the best part of this duo is the angled tip of the pencil that allows precise strokes.

Shown below, from left to right: Deep Brown, Medium Brown and Light Brown




The blender side then allows you to soften those strokes, if you prefer a more natural look.




METALLIC EYESHADOW with COLOUR CHROME Eyeshadow Kit ($14.99):

Go heavy on the metal with this revolutionary long-lasting metallic eyeshadow kit. Combine the primer and the creamy shadow in the mixing tray for a sassy, buildable foil finish that totally rocks.


Metallic is so on trend for Fall but metallic eyeshadow can be an absolute bear to work with. The key to the fabulous application with this kit is definitely the primer. At first glance, I was confused as to why I even needed the primer since I've come across so many metallic shadows that are just straight up pots of color. Believe me, the primer is the secret! On it's own, the metallic shadow is thick and on the stickier side. But add a couple of drops of the primer to a bit of the shadow and mix it up in the included tray to create a a smooth, easy-to-apply metallic that is perfect for the season! Add a hint of metallic shine or build it up for lots of drama!

Shown below in the shade Copper Lustre.




PERFECT WINGED TIPS with I DEFINER Felt Tip Ink Eyeliner ($8.99):

Get dramatic with this intense defining felt tip ink liner for eyes that truly make an impact. Slick across eyelids and finish with a flick.


I love a perfect winged tip any season of the year but it can be a challenge to create that wing of just the right thickness. This jet-black felt tip liner is very easy to use and, with just a little bit of practice, you'll be winging like a pro! Just a quick word of caution: remeber to tightly cap your liner after each use to avoid drying out the liner.




VAMPY LIPS with JUMBO STICK ($6.99):

Turn up the volume with this matte jumbo stick. Apply this highly-pigmented crayon directly to lips for a pout that truly shouts.


Vampy lips and Fall are pretty synonymous, right? If you still want to go for a deeper shade but want to keep it more on the natural end of the spectrum, try the shade in Cute Candy shown below. Such a pretty, soft wine shade that would be flattering on many skin tones. I love both the application and convenience of the Jumbo Stick and hey, in a pinch, you can use it as a bit of blush too!




And here are swatches!




So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up any of my favorites exclusively in stores or on Ulta's website HERE. Shipping within the US is free over $25 at Ulta!


Not in the US? Model's Own ships globally through their UK site HERE. Free shipping over £15 n the UK and starting at just £7.99 worldwide.


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