Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Burlesque inspired look.

This look has been done from my memory - I did not refer to any pics before doing this look. I just knew that I wanted to recreate it as soon as I saw it on Christina Aguilera (or was it Cher?) in the movie. Sorry there is only one picture as none of the ones I took were satisfactory.

Here is what I used:

  • NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk
  • Inglot matte white e/s
  • MAC e/s in Pink Venus, star violet, beauty marked
  • MAC Blacktrack fluidline
  • Maybelline Great Lash mascara
  • NYX glitter eyeliner in silver
  • NYX mauve-purple e/s from Jazz nights palette.
Hope you like it!

Thanks! Do let me know what you think!

Monday, May 30, 2011

It's a sad time

This post is not about makeup. I had wanted to do this beautiful look inspired from the movie "Burlesque." But this sunday brought me some sad news. My dadi has been in the hospital for about 10 days. She had congestive heart failure and was on a ventilator for a while. On Sunday she passed away peacefully with all her family around her albeit in the hospital.

I had called my family in the US (that's where she is) just to check on her and to see what the situation was and I ended up calling just a few minutes after she had passed. I did not know how to react. After I hung up the phone, I was quiet for a little while and then broke down. I passed the day in a stupor and I kept calling my cousin sister to talk to her and share my feelings and thoughts. My cousin did the same and I felt my burden of grief lighten a little.

Today I woke up feeling with this sense of depression and heaviness in my heart. So I decided to share my feelings here. I want to celebrate her life here.

When people pass away, everyone comes and says good things about them forgetting all the bad things about them. But my grandmother was one of those people whom everyone really loved and respected. She was not mean or cranky. She had the biggest heart and was the favorite aunt/sister/grandma of everyone in my family. She lost her husband when she was in her thirties, went back to school to get trained as a public health officer and brought up 5 children single handedly. She used to work for 12-16 hours a day but never complained. She had so much izzat in her town that no shopkeeper every took money from her or her family for anything.

She suffered from breast cancer but bounced back. She had 2 knee surgeries, 2 open heart surgeries, multiple bouts of bronchitis, chronic kidney disease, installed a pacemaker etc etc. Still she never complained about her illnesses or her issues. Instead she insisted on living life king size. She traveled all over Europe in her 70's, she loved to go shopping and eat out at restaurants. She went on multiple cruises and tripes all over the country side. She even went camping with her family.

She insisted on giving ENORMOUS tips to waiters/waitresses. Once she gave this lady 50$ because she found her so charming! She had a whole set of false teeth and whenever we used to ask her to entertain us by removing them and making funny faces, she happily obliged. She loved to watch "the bold and the beautiful" plus all her Hindi serials. She loved to eat chatt-patta khana. Once my cousins and I had gone out at midnight to eat dinner and when we came back, in her half asleep state, with no dentures she asks "Mere liya kya layee ho?" When we did something wrong, she would lecture us and make us understand why our behavior was not acceptable.

And when ever I got irritated with her for saying something I did not like, she would raise her hands and say "Ok,ok Sorry!" Even though she was so much older she respected even her young grandchildren's feelings and apologized to us.

She used to put on her hat and sit in the sun to enjoy. When she got angry she used to say that she still had the strength in her to set us straight and used to whack the wrongdoer with her cane. That's what I loved about her - her spirit and that is what I raise a tribute to.

I love you very much dadi, and I know you are in a better place. I'm happy that you have moved on. You taught us lots of valuable lessons in life and I hope I can live by at least a few of them.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Body Shop's "Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub mask" Review

Hello all,

I am back and this time I hope to keep up with blogging and with you all as well. Things have been so hectic with moving and work that I just could not make time for this blog. And then whenever I did want to do a post, either my camera charger was not to be found or the cord was missing and so on and so forth.

So this review is for the Body Shop's "Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub mask". This was gifted to me for my b'day by a guy friend. So I told him exactly what I wanted so that he was in and out of there within 5 minutes making me the most awesome friend ever. Cause apparently men find it very painful to shop for women!! As if we are so difficult to shop for! Hmph.

  • I really like this scrub mask - I use it around once or twice a week and it leaves my skin feeling quite smooth, moisturized and soft which is exactly what it claims to do.
  • It smells divine to me!! I cannot describe the smell, it's very soothing and calming.
  • It has oatmeal grains & honey in it.
  • It is priced between Rs. 700 -800 (can't remember the exact price)
  • Overall, I would recommend this as it just is a nice picker-upper for your skin - it's just a really nice weekly treatment for your skin.
Here are some pics!

The scrub :D

The smell is so good, it distracted me from taking a good pic! :p

Do check it out!

Thanks! :D

Mac - Ruby Woo Lipstick - Review, Swatch & Look!

Ever on the hunt for a beautiful red lipstick, I went to the MAC on my birthday to gift myself a red lipstick. So I tried quite a few and they ended looking too orange-y or too pink-y. So I decided NOT to go with the clown look as I had just turned a year older and wanted to be more sophisticated. I then asked for a matte red and the MUA showed me "Ruby Woo." I quite liked how it looked and so I bought it!

  • Ruby Woo is a beautiful matte red lipstick. 
  • I find it to be a nice solid red and not too orange/pink.
  • It lasts around 4 hours with eating and drinking lots! (I am a lip chewer and never leave my lips alone so it might last longer on you)
  • It leaves behind a faint tint when it fades.
  • No specific smell to it.
  • Priced at Rs. 990/-
  • Me like! Tip: moisturize your lips with lip balm first and then wipe off. Follow up with lipstick! 
It's always nice to have bright red lipstick - it's something that can just perk up a tired face. In fact, don a red lipstick and some mascara and I am ready to go. This is something that I like having in my arsenal though I don't use it often. 

Here are some pics! Sorry, but I still cannot figure out the best lighting in my new place - hope the pics will get better as I experiment with the lighting situation!

The lipstick!


Under a tubelight!

This is what it looks like with yellow lighting!

Enjoy! Thanks :D