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

Hi there, my darlings! If there's anything I love more than shopping for new beauty products, it's saving money while shopping! But, I really don't care for shopping in-store. Having lived in NYC for close to a decade, believe me when I say that online shopping was my absolute BFF. Stores that seem to be so accessible in most parts of the US are inexplicably few and far between in NYC. Yes, the subway goes just about everywhere but my closest Target was a good 20-minute train ride away, Bath and Body Works only has stores in certain areas and even beloved drugstores like Walgreens were a good 15 minute walk away from my apartment. Add NYC's frigid Winters to the mix and it should be no surprise that I invariably preferred to get most of my shopping done in the comfort of my own home, wearing my cozy nightgowns. Besides, there's really nothing as awesome as having a box of goodies delivered right to your door when it's just too frosty to go out. Not to mention the added bonus of not having to lug heavy shampoos or body care products on the subway or up flights of stairs. The convenience factor alone would make up for any extra costs. But, that's where Groupon Coupons comes in--to help you avoid any extra costs!

For the savvy shopper, there really are no additional costs of shopping online. In fact, with Groupon Coupons, you end up saving quite a bit while still happily ensconced at home since you can find codes for major discounts. gifts with purchases and even free shipping. I can't tell you how many times I've saved a bundle stumbling upon a great deal on Groupon Coupons at top beauty retailers, such as Bath and Body Works, Sephora and Ulta as well as perennial favorites such as Target, Sally Beauty Supply and Walgreens. You can even find a great coupon for a Birchbox subscription! The site is pretty much my one-stop-shop to find some of the best deals around the internet!

If you're looking to score a great deal yourself on your favorite beauty products or at your favorite retailers, check out all the currently available coupons on Groupon Coupons' website HERE.

For more information on Groupon Coupons or to stay updated with all the latest, don't forget to follow them through the social media sites below :


Do you use Groupon Coupons?  What was the best deal you scored so far? Tell me in the comments section below!

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

Hi there, my darlings! So...have you ever been guilty of taking a brand for granted? By virtue of it's sheer ease of accessibility? I mean, we all kinda want what we can't have and covet those oh-so-gorgeous-yet-oh-so-limited-edition-and-crazy-expensive products, right? Meanwhile, some really wonderful things literally pop up in our backyards and we fail to notice. I feel this way about Avon. I remember growing up in India, with tons of their lipsticks filling my mother's stash. Even in then-not-so-advanced India, you could find a local Avon lady. Somewhere along the line familiarity bred boredom, if not contempt, and I have to admit it's been years since I picked up an Avon product. That's precisely why when this particularly press release showed up in my inbox, I knew I had to give it try. For the sake of my curiosity...and for science, of course! Let's just say I was not at all disappointed by this decision.

Today, we'll be talking about a couple of the brand's latest additions:

Avon True Color Glimmersticks ($7 each)

Loaded with pure-color pigment, these long-lasting eyeliners give your eyes a shot of sexy sparkle with ease and precision.

Right off the bat, I had high hopes for these babies and they really do live up to those expectations. Not only are these shades incredibly pigmented in just one swipe but they glide on so smoothly. Is there anything worse than a hard liner on your delicate waterline? I think not! And for that price, you really can't go wrong with picking up a couple...or more!

Shown below, from left to right: Blackened Green, Blackest Black, Majestic Plum, Brown Chocolate and my personal fave, Teal Sparkle.


Avon True Color Wide Awake Mascara ($5.99)

Made with Avon’s Lift&Lock Technology, this new mascara provides intense color, length, and volume in just one swipe.

How good could a $6 mascara really be, right? The answer; pretty darn good for that price! As I get further and further along on my blogging journey, I have found myself becoming more and more picky about certain beauty products. Mascara is definitely one of them. I want a mascara to give to volume and curl and impossible length--basically, I want it all! While this mascara falls a little short on the drama factor, it's a great everyday option, with that funky brush really getting in there to coat even the tiniest of lashes! And really, can you beat that price?!


So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick out any of these products on Avon's website HERE. Or maybe it time to call up your local Avon lady? It has been awhile since you talked, right!?

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


What was the last Avon product you picked up? Is there one you can't live without? 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! February is one of my favorite months of the year! It's short and sweet and it has several special occasions peppered throughout (my late grandfather's birthday, Valentine's Day, etc). So, it's such a wonderful surprise when you can totally relate to a February launch. Today, I'm talking about The Holo Hookup box for February 2017--gloriously celebrating all things beauty, namely beloved cosmetic products! Could a beauty blogger ask for anything more?! The theme for February 2017's all-holo The Holo Hookup collaboration box featuring Jill of Glisten & Glow, Missi of Different Dimension, Sara of Cupcake Polish and special international guest, Powder Perfect is "Kiss And Make Up". Here's a little peek at their inspiration pic!

Highlight It Up from Cupcake Polish is a "very pale pink metallic linear Holo with heavy pink shimmers". Smooth, easy formula and application--the swatches below show 2 coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. This is such an utterly gorgeous polish with all those shimmers--a perfect tribute to the much-loved highlighter trend!

With flash!

When In Doubt, Wing It Out from Different Dimension is a "black linear holo with added black holo microglitters". 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. Such a rich, stunning black--just as your wing tip should be!

With flash!

I Came I Saw I Contoured from Glisten & Glow is a "medium brown linear holographic polish with added golden and peach shimmers with pops of red holo glitter.". Fabulous application and formula--the swatches below show just 2 coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. Now, contour is a hard one to translate but I think nailed it with this beauty!

With flash!

Berry Lips and Curvy Hips from Powder Perfect is a "dark mulberry holographic lacquer, with a purple linear holographic flame". Beautiful, squishy jelly formula and application--the swatches below show just 2 generous coats, topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. For a girl who loves both berry lips AND berry tips, this is perfect!

With flash!

So there you have it, my darlings! Pre-orders for February 2017's box will begin Friday 1/21/2017 at 9 pm EST at the Holo Hookup's website HERE, and continue through Friday 1/28/2017 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! Please note that pre-order ship by date has been moved back to February 15th to accommodate THH's international guest maker.

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


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.****

Hi there, my darlings! If there was one thing that you could change, no, let's say enhance about your face, what would it be? Longer lashes? A different eye color? Fuller lips? If it was up to me, I would go with option C. I have teeny, tiny, bow-shaped lips which, although full enough, could definitely use a little help. At least, in my opinion! We're never satisfied, right?! While medical technology and impressive surgeries can now pretty much work miracles, some of us, like yours truly, prefer something a little less...drastic. I mean, with a little makeup, pretty much anything is possible anyways! Today's post focuses on a new product from Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics that will help you create the illusion of those perfectly pouty lips!

How you ask? Read all about it!

Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics Presents Gluten-Free Lip Gloss Collection
3D pigments help your lips appear fuller for a dewy, plumped pout
Available in 6 shades with an irresistible scent of grapefruit and strawberry, the Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics Lip Gloss Collection ($19 each) allows you to go from natural to high shine with transparent and rich lacquered colors. Each gloss features a creamy, rich texture and 3D pigments to help your lips appear fuller and more plumped. The line’s jojoba and sunflower oils hydrate and nourish, encouraging the healing process and turning dry, chapped areas into baby smooth and soft.

Enhancing your natural barriers to lock moisture in, each formula will also promote firmness and elasticity. Each swipe of luminous color will even help remove free radicals and block environmental age-factors, all thanks to its antioxidant packed ingredients.

Available shades include:

  • Aura
  • Bare
  • Berry Frost
  • Cinnamon Kiss
  • Lilac
  • Pink Sapphire

For today's post, I chose 3 shades that I thought I would like: Berry Frost, Lilac and Pink Sapphire.

Firstly, let me just say that I'm a matte lippie kinda girl, usually finding glosses much too high-maintenance. That being said, the whole 3D pigments definitely piqued my interest so I knew I had to give them a whirl. For the sake of science and all, you know!

Right off the bat, there's a couple of things I really liked. First of all, they DO smell lovely! Think the pleasing but not overwhelming scent of your favorite lip balm. Secondly, I like the shimmer of those 3D pigments, very pronounced in Lilac (shown below) and subtly appealing in the other two.

Lastly. I really like the pigmentation of Berry Frost and Pink Sapphire and the sheer, delicate shimmer of Lilac. Surprisingly, both of the first shades look quite similar on my skin tone, with just a shade difference between the two. Still, totally something I would wear.

So, now on to the all-important question. Does it make your lips appear fuller? With all that shimmer, it sure does! The illusion of fuller lips is achieved by light reflecting off the surface of your lips and that shimmer just helps that process along. Am I a lipgloss convert? No, because although not overly so, these are still a bit too sticky as most glosses tend to be! I'll stick to my matte lippies but these are great to layer over some of my more drying matte formulas. Overall, definitely worth a try!

So there you have it, my darlings! You can check out all six shades and grab your faves on Osmosis' website HERE.

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


If you could change or enhance one thing about your face, what would it be? 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! Since we're focusing on some of my favorite beauty products from the latter half of 2016 this week on the blog and more importantly, since I'm much too indecisive to pick favorites for the year (I mean c'mon! It's like picking between your children!), I thought I'd do a fun take on a few of my favorite makeup palettes. So, today, I'll be sharing 4 must-have palettes for different personality traits...or rather, if you're a makeup hoar...um, collector like me, for those oh-so-quickly changing moods! Let's get started!


PIXI BY PETRA Ultimate Beauty Kit 3rd Edition ($34.00)

This exclusive all-in-one palette contains a curated collection of some of our universally bestselling shades. Bronze, contour and highlight your complexion while creating the perfect polished brow and lining & defining eyes to perfection in a few sweeps!

Ok, let me just start off by saying, no, admitting that I'm a drama queen. Yes, in life, but especially with my makeup. I usually prefer bold lips, shimmer shadows and a dramatic eyeliner wing tip. But that kind of look is exhausting and can take hours! There are some days you want to go for a more natural look. Yeah, even me! This baby is the MOTHER of neutral palettes with a range of truly flattering shades for eyes, face and cheeks that will help you create that glowy, subtly contoured look for just such days. Pair that with your fave nude lippie and you're good to go. And that too, at a price that won't break the bank!

Swatched below are a few of my favorite shades from this palette. Who says you can't still have a little shimmer even on those au-naturel days?!


URBAN DECAY Full Spectrum palette ($39 ON SALE)

When color is your drug of choice, you know where to get the good stuff. Satisfy your color addiction with Full Spectrum, a limited-edition set featuring 21 shades of our iconic Eyeshadow (the most ever in any UD palette!)—from bold brights to matte white.
We organized the shadows by color family, creating a rainbow of ombré trios: pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, and even a wildcard row that goes from white to black. The end result? A palette that not only looks stunning, but also delivers tons of options. Create dimensional ombré looks by working within the color-coordinated trios or experiment with multiple shade groups at once. With 18 NEW shades, three exclusives from past palettes, and a wide range of finishes, you’ll never run out of options.

In 2015, we launched Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette in limited quantities, and people freaked out trying to get their hands on it. And if you thought that palette was amazing, you’ll be blown away by Full Spectrum. This set ups the ante with our BIGGEST, most colorful palette yet! From super-smooth mattes to shimmer-laced shades, this palette has something for EVERY color junkie.

The sleek black case is glamorous, cool and compact at the same time. It features tonal, spectrum-like lines that alternate from matte to shiny and a rainbowed-out, faceted “UD” jewel. We equipped Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette with a HUGE mirror and a double-ended brush. The Tapered Crease Brush is perfect for laying down shadow, defining the crease or blending out color. Use the Shadow Brush to pack color on the lid or do detailed shading.

Each Eyeshadow in Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Shades included:
  • Alchemy (deep fuchsia satin)
  • Gossip (bright metallic pink w/subtle floating pearl)
  • Paranoia (soft metallic blue-pink)
  • Warning (deep metallic copper)
  • Seize (bright metallic coral w/subtle floating pearl)
  • Jones (metallic orange w/subtle floating pearl)
  • Midnight Blaze (black matte w/yellow-gold pearl)
  • Calavera (bright yellow matte w/subtle floating pearl)
  • Goldmine (metallic yellow-gold)
  • Hundred (deep metallic forest green)
  • Hatter (vibrant green w/tonal micro-sparkle)
  • Mean (bright metallic lime green)
  • Minx (deep navy matte w/floating tonal pearl)
  • Blindsided (bright teal blue matte w/floating pearl)
  • Metamorphosis (vibrant periwinkle blue w/micro-sparkle)
  • Delirious (deep plum matte w/subtle floating pearl)
  • Sketch (metallic medium purple)
  • Faded (lavender w/gold shimmer)
  • Platonic (black matte w/iridescent glitter)
  • Iced (oyster silver w/shimmer)
  • Bump (white matte)

I have to admit that I coveted this palette as soon as I caught an early glimpse of it on social media and unsurprisingly, I was over the moon when a PR package arrived with this beauty nestled in it. This palette is totally up my alley! A huge UD fan for years, I love their bold shades found in so many of the Vice palettes not only because of the pigmentation but also because the shadows generally apply so beautifully and blend so well. If you think you can't rock a bold eyeshadow, trust me when I urge you to reconsider! Try a bold shade smudged along your waterline or just on your eyelids. A bold pop of color can not only brighten your look but inevitably your day!

Swatched below are a few of my favorites: from left to right, Blindsided, Paranoia, Iced and Goldmine.


IT COSMETICS Limited Edition Most Wanted for Holiday palette (Was $55 on QVC)

Special edition and only for the holidays, IT Cosmetics Your Most Wished for Palette features a variety of skin-loving, problem-solving products in one easy to use collection! Coverage, color, and complexion perfection in a gift-boxed palette, this palette is perfect for every IT girl on your holiday shopping list, including you!

Smooth Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector anywhere on your skin for flawless, full-coverage, antiaging results. Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer is your perfect all over sun-kissed glow without glitter or shimmer. Three shades of Bye Bye Pores Pressed Blush instantly adds a look of youth and vitality. The palette also includes two highlighters--Hello Light Creme and Hello Light Powder--designed to add the look of light and lift to your skin without any glitter or shimmer.

Bye Bye Pores Pressed is your completely clear finishing powder that gives you a flawless airbrushed complexion. The 18 antiaging eye shadows can be worn wet or dry, as shadows or liners. Each shade was hand-selected to define and enhance every eye color. Six shades of Blurred Lines Lipstick instantly perk up your whole complexion and give you the appearance of smoother and younger looking lips!

  • 18 0.019-oz Naturally Pretty Eye Shadows
  • Six 0.012-oz Blurred Lines Lipsticks
  • Four 0.015-oz Bye Bye Undereye Correctors
  • Three 0.088-oz Bye Bye Pores Blush
  • 0.132-oz Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder
  • 0.183-oz Hello Light Powder
  • 0.113-oz Hello Light Creme
  • 0.132-oz Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer

This palette was indeed limited edition and I usually stay away from including currently unavailable products on such faves lists because I know the frustration of seeing something, falling in love with it and then being unable to purchase it. So, my apologies! But this palette is just too amazing NOT to include. I mean, it really does have it all and is SO perfect for travel or when you're on the go--it literally has everything you need, except a mascara and an eyeliner! Here's hoping they bring it back!

Swatched are a few of my faves, although I had a really hard time narrowing it down with this one!


Vendome Beaute customizable palettes ($26 on Amazon)

Vendome Beaute just hit the scene and is quickly becoming this season’s beauty must have with its botanical-infused color line, that goes on velvety smooth to create the perfect look for any occasion. The rosewater infused eyeshadows are highly pigmented and finely milled to give an all-around luxurious look and feel. Any makeup lover will adore a customized combination of the single eyeshadows. Vendome Beaute offers 33 striking hues, that allow you to mix and match colors to create a gift that is tailored to your specific Vendome girl.

This new brand has the cutest packaging, right?! I was sent 5 different, 3-shade, preset palettes and I really loved A LOT of the shades. Yes, it is kinda pricey per pan but you get a lot of product for your money and I really like the fact that these slim, lightweight palettes are customizable, travel-friendly and oh-so-chic! As much as I love my giant makeup and eyeshadow palettes, it's pretty hard to carry one around on a daily basis. So, one of these portable sets are perfect for stashing in your purse for a mid-day touch-up.

Swatched below are a few of my faves--you can see right away that I personally gravitate toward those shimmers!

So there you have it, my darlings! Do you own any of these palettes? If so, which is your favorite? If not, do you plan on snagging any of them? 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! I kinda fell right off the radar for awhile there, didn't I? I mean, I don't even have the excuse of job searching or moving or even the Holidays. All I can say is that Calcutta is a very sleepy city, full of food that really adds to the problem. Honestly, I have no idea how people get anything productive done here! It's so laid back and the carbs are so plentiful, that a girl could easily sleep the day (and the night!) away and not even realize it! But, I have got to get myself out of this Rip Van Winkle state because I have lots to share with you guys! This week, we're focusing on brands and products that I have been loving in the last quarter of 2016. What better way to start off the New Year than to focus on some faves, right? So, before the blog takes off on an arc of the newest and latest, let's recap some of the products that have stolen my heart, starting with Rimmel's the Only 1 lipsticks! Now, I have reviewed a selection of these lippies a few month ago and you can check that out HERE. But, today I'd like to shine the spotlight on four gorgeous shades that are personal faves!

But, first a little recap about this collection:

The first lipstick of its kind, The Only 1 is set to challenge lipstick history. A unique multi-tasker, it excels in EVERYTHING you look for in a lippie. Discover intense, high-impact shades. Enjoy an ultra-comfortable, weightless feel and indulge lips in luscious moisture. A worry free experience is guaranteed because the gorgeous colour stays put for hours and hours. It’s the only 1 lipstick you need…and the only 1 that won’t let you down. Our hero!

This new lip legend has an innovative hybrid formula that marries the best of moisturising AND long-lasting lipsticks:

  • COLOUR – Pre-coated pigments allow for fabulous full coverage in one easy stroke. The true-to-the-bullet colours are gloriously vibrant and luminous on application… and hours later.
  • COMFORT – The formula containing a blend of lightweight oils provides a gorgeous glide and a feather-light feel with an amazing cushioning sensation.
  • MOISTURE – Throughout wear, the formula with Rosa fruit oil leaves lips feeling moisturised. Mmmwah! For extra TLC, the formula contains Vitamin E.
  • WEAR – A fine blend of advanced polymers sets the formula and enhances skin-adhesion for outstanding staying power. Lips feel hugged by colour and moisture for hours.

Rimmel, I feel, is such an underrated brand--it really should receive so much more love just based on the quality of their products. Now, I know that brand is quite popular in the UK, but I would love to see it become super popular in the US and, yes, definitely here in India. The good news is that it IS available here and it's just a matter of time because their products are usually top notch!

Take these lippies for example. You already know how much I love my berry, wine and red shades of lipsticks. Let's be completely honest, I do try to expand my horizons every once in awhile and dabble in the pinks/nudes/everything elses but when push comes to shove and I want to look my very best on a special night out. I inevitably reach for a vampy shade. What I love about the Only 1 lipsticks is how pigmented they usually are and how truly comfortable they are to wear. As much as I love my berry mattes, they often aren't the easiest to wear, what with over-drying of your lips or worse, bleeding everywhere. These are incredibly moisturizing along with being so pigmented so you can rock that bold, vampy shade in style AND comfort! A total win in my book!

Shown below, from left to right: Call Me Crazy (620), One-Of-A-Kind (810), Oh-So-Wicked (820) and new fave alert, Under My Spell (800).

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.

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


Have you picked up any of The Only 1 lippies? Which are your favorites? Tell me in the comments section below!

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