Wednesday, 26 April 2017

theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer : Swatches, Review

I tried my hand at contouring finally around July last year and after the first few tries, I really liked how it carved some cheeks out of all the chubbiness going on and also made my jaw line a bit sharper! Boy, was I missing out on things! :D

So, while I picked up the Freedom Bronzed Professional (full review here) initially as a beginner, the makeup lover in me had an eye on theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer since the very beginning! 
Don't think that the Freedom one did not perform well, it did, and I still use it many days....It's just that a makeup geek can never stop at one! :D
And ever since I have tried the Mary Lou Manizer (reviewed here) from the brand, I had been dying to try out more products from theBalm.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Zara Woman, Pear & White Flowers EDT : Review

I don't know about you, but when I am in Zara, I cannot leave the place without taking a stroll by their fragrance shelves. I found one of my favourite perfumes in Zara about 2 years back (more on that one some other day...soon!) and ever since I always look out for more :)

On one such random stroll, I found the Zara Pear and White Flowers. One whiff of this one and I was sold! Not to mention that they had the fragrance in a small bottle with a roller ball head, making it super ideal to carry in your handbag (and I had been on the lookout for a perfume I could carry around!). It seemed like this was made for me :) :)

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Summer OOTD #1

Summers are pretty much intolerable in our country. And this year Bangalore has been sorching as well. Gone are the rainy windy evenings that were so typical of the city.
So, what do you do when the temperature is rising with each passing day? Keep those full pants and jeggings away and pull out your stack of shorts to dress comfy!

Here's a quick OOTD we did on one such summer evening.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

March 2017 Empties!

These empties posts are being such a saviour and actually making me use up instead of just stashing them away. It is also being a great way to see what are the things I keep repurchasing (which make it to the HG list). So here's what I have used up in March :)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

OGX Gravity-Defying & Hydration O2, Weightless Oil + Lifting Tonic : Review

I have a thing for bi-phased products. It feels almost like alchemy, like there's a pinch of marvellous science in my stash!

That's what you get with an over-active imagination. My thoughts run amok too easily :D

This spray by OGX (earlier called Organix) is however, a brilliant potion that looked too pretty to give a pass, and turned out good enough to warrant a blog post with just 3 weeks of use!

Monday, 17 April 2017

SoulFlower Ocean Minerals Rose Geranium Bath Salt : Review

Who loves Aromatherapiiieeeeeeee?! WE DO!

Now that's called starting the post with zeal :D

Returning to our hero of the day, SoulFlower Bath Salts is one product that everybody needs in their lives, and that's why every member in my family has their own personal jar. Do NOT judge the blatant over-indulgence!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Summer Skincare!

Many of you have been asking about my skincare routine and since summer is already driving us mad, I thought of doing a post of my Skincare Essentials for Summer. Of course, some of these products  are a regular part of my skincare routine throughout the year. But these are my top picks for summer. Read on!

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Makeup Revolution London Strobe Highlighter, Moon Glow Lights : Review

A lot of you kept requesting a detailed review of this one, instead of first impressions, so here it is! The new Strobe Highlighter is in the spotlight today, and it will steal your heart like a lovable rouge!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Summer Essentials!

It's only the start of April and the heat here in Bangalore is almost becoming unbearable. I do not even want to think of the cities that experience hotter temperatures! 
We will be doing some summer related posts over the next few weeks along with reviewing some products well suited to battle the hot days.
Up today are my Top 5 Summer Essentials and some product recommendations. Take a look!

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Aroma Magic Aloe Vera Sunscreen Gel SPF 20 : Review

 Hello, hello! Summer's here! And with the heat comes skin damage, photo-ageing and all the things we whole-heartedly want to avoid.

I am a sunscreen chameleon. I keep a few different formulations and switch between them according to the needs of my skin and the demands of the weather. One of them is this gel by Aroma Magic, a brand I absolutely worship. If you're looking for a sunscreen to combat high humidity, this is it!

Aroma Magic Aloe Vera Sunscreen Gel review

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

L'Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise HydraFresh Deep Boosting Essence : Review

Last summer, I had mentioned how I like to change my skin care routine according to the season. Spring draws the line between the more emollient products I own, and those which focus solely on hydration. Simply put, creams and butters are for winter as they form a barrier against the cold and prevent loss of moisture from your skin.
As the temperature rises, our skin needs to perspire in order to keep cool. Using creams hinders this mechanism and hence breaks you out. Hydrating products quench your skin's thirst because of all the sweating, and do not block your pores which may lead to break outs (unless you're allergic to an ingredient, of course).

So that's that and now you're all familiar with the fundamentals! So let's check out this hydrating essence that promises to boost your skin!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Body Shop, Mango Range : Review

Clear the way for the King of Fruits!!

You have to admit that we Indians are obsessed with mangoes. It is probably one of the very few things we look forward to as summer approaches, and with the heat already scorching us, what time would be more suitable to share The Body Shop Mango Range with you?

Can we get a squeal from all the mango lovers? :D

Friday, 31 March 2017

Pamper Day with Olaplex and Bomb Cosmetics at Bodycraft Spa and Salon!

About 2 weeks back I had a lovely experience at Bodycraft Spa and Salon (we have already spoken about them) courtesy Olaplex India and Bomb Cosmetics. Olaplex is a three-step process that works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair.. "Bonds that truly last"! We were sharing live updates on Instagram from the event but here's an in depth post about the experience. Read on! 

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow, Pale Barley & Almond : Review & Swatches

While we usually try and restrict ourselves to products you can get a hold of easily, every once in a while, there comes a beauty that sweeps us off our feet and we just have to share these with you all.
Any beauty lover (read addict) will know the sheer joy of adding some high end makeup and beauty products in their collection. Agreed?
We have been building our stash slowly and it's time to start sharing a few gems in it. 

Up today is Burberry Sheer Eye-shadow, Pale Barley and Almond. And My! Oh My! These are just fabulous! 

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Monday, 27 March 2017

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. It's finally here!

While the lip oil trend has been around for a couple of years, it has only recently (and finally!) hit the Indian market with Clarins releasing their much-loved-and-raved about Lip Oils a few weeks ago

Amen! I was lusting after these for a long time time and cannot describe how excited I was to get my hands on one. So as a Valentine's Day gift to me (it is a tradition I have been following for a few years now), I treated myself to the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Raspberry :) :) :)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Freedom Makeup Duo Brow Powder - Dark Brown : Review

I confess I'm ridiculously late at joining the brow team. My mother, and Swati have always been ardent worshippers of a good brow, but I was the black sheep for a long long time!

Well, it was time to invest, and invest I did :)

Strong brows, here I come!

Freedom Makeup Duo Brow Powder review

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

February 2017 Empties!

The quantity of empties has gone down a bit off late, probably due to the hectic work schedule. I have definitely not been using many things, but I did manage to finish a few basic things last month. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

All Nykaa Paintstix : Review & Swatches

So, we have been getting a lot of requests to review the new Nykaa Paintstix since the time we shared them on our Instagram page. While, I have not finished taking lip swatches for all of them yet, your requests will no go unheard! So, today we have the review along with the swatches of all the 12 shades!
Did I hear a squeal of delight? :) :)

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Take a look!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Serozinc : The one thing you must try from La Roche-Posay!

I have obviously heard a lot about La Roche Posay and my sensitive skin was super eager to give their products a go. My first purchase from the brand was the cult Effaclar Duo + which sadly did not work out as well on my skin as I hoped it would have.
Another product which had been on my list forever was Serozinc, which sadly was not available in India anywhere. Imagine my ecstasy when Nykaa finally launched it. It took me not more than 2 minutes to place the order and 2 days later, my Serozinc came to me! :)

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Friday, 3 March 2017

Coral,Stripes and some Diamonds : Nail Art

Hello all! It's been such a long time since I did a nail art post, hasn't it? So many of you have requested them now, that it was high time I did one. So here's a super easy one, which can be done in minutes :)

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Banjaras : Bringing Nature & Beauty Together

We at C&D are big on natural and ayurvedic methods used in skincare. Now, Imagine a brand which shows an equal love towards nature. We are talking about none other than Banjara's. The brand believes that nature’s beauty is everlasting and if you take care of Nature, Nature will take care of you. Isn't that just a wonderful thought!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Man Cave Inc.’s Caffeine Shampoo!

By Ashish Gyan

I love coffee, period. I mean, I love it so much that I went and started a coffee startup on the side, just because I couldn’t find a decent blend of coffee.. I’ll let you in on an insider secret, your beloved blogger and my boss Swati is crazy about cold coffee and has a process for it and gets cranky if it’s made any other way. That’s how big a role coffee plays in a life.

So when we came across Man Cave Inc.’s Caffeine Shampoo, We didn’t blink twice in adding it to the cart. I must add here, that I haven’t been disappointed in the least.

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Zoutons : For The Smart Shopper In You!

Online shopping has become all the rage nowadays, and with good reason! You can access a plethora of brands and the beautiful products they have to offer. All this within your reach with just a click!

I don't know about you, but the online shopping world seems like a happy magic place to me, and if I have coupons for various discounts, ah! what could be better than that? :) Imagine having a variety of coupons, spanning different shopping portals, different brands, everything, neatly categorized for you, waiting for you to pick them up and use them to your benefit.
Sounds convenient, doesn't it? That's where Zoutons steps in to pamper that discount queen in you!

Friday, 24 February 2017

Hooked Onto : February 2017!

While I was a bit too late sharing my January favourites, I am on time this month. Yaay! I have a few interesting things which I am absolutely loving this month, less of beauty stuff, more about lifestyle this time strangely.  Take a look! :)

Collegedunia Review: Your Complete Guide to Colleges, Courses and Exams!

When you are about 5 and admitted in a school, you are pretty much sorted for the next 10-12 years of your life. Right? Unless of course you have to change schools midway...that is a different story altogether.
The next important stage in every student's life is going to college. Actually, when I think about it, finding a good college is of utmost priority. You always want the best you can get - A good college, a good course, a good campus and so on. I remember back in the day, when there wasn't much information available online, and one had to personally visit most colleges, to get an insight and information required. Of course, it was not possible to visit each and every college related to your course, all over India, and ultimately, you were bound to miss out on some. Who remembers running around from one college to other, trying to cover as many as possible? Standing in long queues for forms and brochures? Can I sense a nod from you?

Here, is CollegeDunia, to make life a lot more easier for you now. It gets you information about all top colleges and institutes in India, covering over 12,000 colleges and 7,000 courses on the portal.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

What Dermaroller Can Do to Protect and Repair Your Skin

Your skin is the biggest organ your body has, and it's also the only one that is on the outside instead of the inside. That leaves it very susceptible to damage from the weather, too much exposure to the sun, and all of the chemicals you are around in your lifetime. Between that and the fact that levels of natural cellular protectors like collagen and Human growth Hormone (HGH) drop off with age, it's no wonder that skin problems can increase as you get older. That's why skin treatments like Dermaroller are so important.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Brand in Focus : Craftsvilla !

In today's busy schedule even shopping has become a huge task. Where is the time? And the energy required to hop from one store to the other, trying out dozens of outfits only to pick one? 
No way I have that amount of stamina after a day's of work! 

Now, is the age of online shopping. And making this whole experience better is Craftsvilla - "a marketplace to "Discover Unique Indian Products" including Handmade, Vintage, Ethnic, Organic and Natural products from India."

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Charcoal: Activated! The Man Co. Cleansing Trio : Review

By Ashish Gyan

I’ll let you in on a secret people; the elixir of radiant beauty could be lurking in your barbecue! Don’t give curious sighs yet, read on!
There is an increasing user and fan base for a new, (well, shall I say repackaged and revamped), trend that has taken the grooming and wellness industry by storm. The stuff I am talking about is charcoal and grooming products infused with charcoal, from shower gels to face masks and even toothpastes have taken us by storm.

A Little History :
The times were prehistoric and our ancestors followed the unusual practice of eating charcoal. Native Indians consumed charcoal mixed with water as a cure for ailing tummies and the aborigines have been known to use this for wounds.

Egyptians, back in 1500 BC, used charcoal to treat decaying wounds and intestinal disorders.  
Hippocrates and Pliny, recorded in 400 BC, the use of charcoal to treat a variety of diseases including epilepsy and anthrax.

A Little Science :
The therapeutic wonders of charcoal are because of its ability to physically trap other substances. Charcoal can bind to other compounds including various toxins, organic materials, gases, and even microorganisms thereby rendering them inactive.

Although the feel and look of charcoal is solid, it is primarily a carbon skeleton possessing a labyrinth of microscopic pores and tunnels.

Once applied, charcoal binds with the toxin particles forming a stable toxin-charcoal complex. Since the pores safely conceal the foreign particles, they do not get a chance to harm our tissues. This in turn prevents enzymes reacting upon the toxins thus eliminating the risk of poisons being metabolised and harming the liver tissues.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Hooked Onto : January 2017!

Don't even ask how we have been managing blogging and work. Smriti is in her final year of med school and I have exams for my masters degree just around the corner. Of course, the blog is suffering a little, but we are trying it post as much and as often as we can. So here is, a wee bit late, the January Favourites!

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Luxurious Living with Prestige Glenwood and the Power of 3

Last Saturday, we at C&D had a new experience. We were invited by Prestige Group to check out their new villa project, Prestige Glenwoode, located at Budigere, off Old Madras Road and what a great experience it was to be on site and take a stroll around the campus. Of course, whatever I say will be explained much better in photos. So, take a peek for yourself! :)

New In - My Island Kiss Lip Moisturizer Stains : Review & Swatches

What are the perks of being a beauty blogger? (besides justifying all the products you buy? :D) Sometimes, you get to try a couple of products before they hit the market! A while back we had shared the My Island Kiss Lip Moisturizers with you all. Pureto berry blush stilll remains a favourite of ours and I think Smriti is currently using their Cherry Blossom variant. 

The first week of Feb/2017, saw the launch of 2 new Lip Moisturizer Stains - Flamingo & Pink Peonies, Black Rose & Grenade Rouge from the brand and we couldn't have been more excited to try them out! Take a look to know which one is our favourite..!

Monday, 6 February 2017

5 Best Gifts for Newborns

Babies indeed hold some magic dust; their presence is enough to transform the mood and feelings around you. These precious tiny tots deserve to be loved and pampered. Their arrival itself is a celebration.

This celebration to welcome the cherished life into our lives is often marked by several gifts and the most popular among them is jewelry. Most popular baby jewelry selections are primarily accessories like bracelets and anklets, although some parents have their heart set on necklaces and pendants, others can’t wait to buy their baby his/ her first pair of diamond earrings.

Also, buying jewelry comes easy with e-retailers like CaratLane. Buying jewelry has become not only convenient; but also, authentic, as most sites also provide gold purity certificates.
Some of the best-suited jewelry options for your little ones are.

L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Color in Lolita : Review

Does anyone else feel like the spectrum of Shine Caresse is flooded with colours of Spring/Summer? It's like each of the different shades was perfected to make your pout gorgeous even under the harsh sun! We admire and worship this range, as you will know from our previous posts, and seeing them on sale.. *_* These babies were so coming home!!!

Swati and my Mom both are ardent fans of the shade Bella and then she also added Faye to her collection. Surprisingly, I didn't own any, so I got Lolita for myself, and Milady for my sister. Let's jump straight into it, ladies!

Friday, 3 February 2017

Maybelline Velvet Matte by Color Sensational - Mat 6 : Review

When Maybelline first came out with their Lip Polishes, I picked up Glam 19 and Glam 9, because the colours were gorgeous, and the packaging was so cute! Lipstick bullet inside a clear case, but oh wait, it's a gloss that unscrews from the other end! I remember being fascinated by it, running to the counter to investigate further :)

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The lip polishes are old members of my stash now, and while I'm in love with their packaging, the formula is quite thick and glossy which I feel doesn't suit my full lips the best. So when the Velvet Mattes came out I was as excited as a bunny, but only purchased it a few months ago when it was so marked down on sale, I couldn't resist! Being a beautiful winter shade, it's time I shared it on the blog :)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Aroma Magic Hair Revitalising Serum - Review

Since the past year or so I've been suffering from significant hairfall. I don't know if it is part of a normal cyclical turnover of hairs, or because of my amazingly skewed diet and deficiency of nutrition, I have been running from pillar to post in an attempt to rescue myself from baldness!

My arsenal includes castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil, Patanjali's Kesh Kanti oil, rosemary essential oil, a couple of deep conditioners, and the latest is this revitalising serum by Aroma Magic. Unlike the other treatments which have to be washed off, this is something I can leave on my scalp post-shampooing and be assured that it is nourished.

Aroma Magic Hair Revitalising Serum review

Monday, 30 January 2017

SoulFlower Pink For Skin Soap : Review

Hi everyone!

I've declared my love for Soul Flower so emphatically on this blog, I'm pretty sure even aliens have heard about it :P
We have spoken about their Happy Feet soap a while back. Here's another quick feature of their 100% veg, organic soap in the variant Pink for Skin.

For the past few years, I have indulged in handmade/organic soaps every now and then. Khadi India makes a few really affordable ones, I like the mint, honey, and lavender variants. Lilac Soaps is another brand with excellent soaps, I'm very partial to Shararat! We even covered a tried and tested charcoal soap on the blog for all the men in your life!

SoulFlower Pink For Skin Soap review

Organic soaps are packed with goodness, so don't hesitate to pick them up!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

December 2016 Empties!

I couldn't finish many products last month, spending almost 15 days home (which was awesome btw!) But here are a few things that I did manage to finish. Take a look :)

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

It's Time To Up Your Watch Game!

At C & D, welcoming the New Year with a bang is not enough, sailing through it with panache is the ultimate goal!

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A little tidbit to jazz up your style quotient is the use of tasteful accessories. Investing in a few smart watches is key to looking chic. Recently, Swati bought herself a couple, and has been loving the way they add a polished touch to all her outfits!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Hooked Onto : December Edit (2016)

I know this is going up a bit later than usual, but I took a mini break and went back home... and well, basically went into hibernation. :D
But nevertheless, here are my December Favourites! 

Hooked Onto, December Favourites

Friday, 20 January 2017

Food For The Lover : TGI Friday's, Born In The USA Spread!

By Ashish Gyan

This story wouldn’t have been possible without Misters Ashok, Christy, Vinod, Manoj and their very cool team at TGIFridays. This story is humbly dedicated to their passion, dedication, eye for the finer details and talent. Their warmth, sincerity, and earnest hospitality towards one and all is a testimony of their large hearts. A huge thank you to Rishabh who made this experience possible.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Meraki Spa, Bangalore : Experience

When it comes to body massages, I am an addict. There is something just so wonderful about one. The way you get all drowsy 10 minutes into the massage, the way the body feels all light and glow-y afterwards, and the way you get one of the best sleep that night! 

But, it is quite a task in finding that perfect place that gives you a great experience. I keep trying new spas every now and then, but very few make into my list of recommendations. Meraki Spa & Boutique has made into that list. Read on to know more about them and my experience. 

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Brand in Focus : Aranyani, Inspired by Forests

Last Sunday was one of the best Sunday's ever. I did something I had never done before, I went on a Treasure Hunt! And what a crazily wonderful one it was. Before I start telling you all about it, a big thank you to Aranyani for the wonderful experience! Let's take a peek into the event, shall we?

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Spruce Shave Club : Sprucing Up Your Shaving Regime!

by Ashish Gyan

Ladies and Gentlemen, first and foremost, from the Men’s Galleria of Curios & Dreams, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very happy, prosperous and a fulfilling 2017.

We’d like to thank you for your support and look forward to a great year ahead together as we continue to endeavour to bring forth new, innovative, interesting and oh-so-exciting products and ideas to your attention. 

On the testing table today, the 1st one for this year, are the product range from Spruce Shave Club.

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Monday, 9 January 2017

What's On My Phone

We have been putting up quite a few reviews off late and I just wanted to do a fun post for you all. So here's a peek of what's on my phone!

What's On My Phone

Friday, 6 January 2017

Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask : First Impressions

So, when Innisfree launched on Nykaa, we went a bit gaga with excitement. Since the brand is quite famous for their sheet masks, we had to pick up a few (plus they also had a buy 5 get 5 offer!) So... :D 

Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask review

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Nykaa So Matte Lipstick, Naughty Nude & Taupe Thrill : Review & Swatches

Nykaa has launched so many amazing recently, and we have been loving them! We have already shared swatches of their matte nail lacquers and up today are the So Matte Lipsticks! 

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Monday, 2 January 2017

Nykaa Matte Nail Lacquer, Almond Crumble & Pink Meringue : Review & Swatches

When I had first spoke about the new Nykaa Matte polishes, I had mentioned that we will be getting our hands on a few more shades surely. So, here are swatches of 2 more shades for you :)

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