Sunday, 31 December 2017

Nykaa Haul (with first impressions)!

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I usually don't have many haul posts to share with you guys. One of the main reasons is that I rarely buy many things at once. When I usually have a product in mind, I think over it a lot before purchasing it. So impulsive shopping these days is pretty rare. The last time I did that was probably a year ago and I did share the haul then (you can check it out here). The second reason was that I was on a makeup ban for quite a while. I felt I had enough and that I might as well use the stuff I had first. 
Naturally the list for trying out stuff was building and I eventually gave in and did a small haul from Nykaa. I haven't used these products enough to form a true opinion about them yet, but I will give you a brief first impressions. Let's see what I got! 

Friday, 29 December 2017

Festive Makeup Essentials 2017 : The Christmas & New Years Edit

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My makeup routine stays pretty much consistent all the year round. Each of us has a go to look right? I usually go for kajal and neutral shade most days. But come december and I find myself getting drawn to the festive colors more and more! Red and Glitter...I think that pretty much sums it up :D
So here are my top picks for 2017... I reached for these on Christmas Day and will surely be going for them till the end of the month or maybe till mid Jan even! Take a look :)

A Body Massage Skeptic Tries A Spa : BodyRaaga Bangalore

by Bitan Nath

I have never had a massage done, probably due to my leanings towards the stoic philosophy, or how you’re just supposed to grit your teeth and get on with it. Back aches, not a problem, grit your teeth and get on with it. Leg aches, not a problem, grit your teeth and get on with it. Headaches, not a problem, you get the picture by now. So, I honestly decided to turn down the spa offer that came my way this weekend! There you go, blog over, get back to your Lacto Calamine now. 

No wait, things are rarely that simple here in Curios and Dreams land. Swati soon somehow managed to convince me to give it a shot (by persistently nagging me, as most women tend to do in order to achieve anything).

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Bridal nightwear for the Brides To Be

Being a bride has never been so easy. Stepping into an altogether new world with new people, making them your family, loving them heedless of anything – a bride’s journey is never easy. Apart from this, all the brides-to-be really need to take care about everything – from their trousseau to their makeup, from the honeymoon to the lingerie – everything needs to be the best. After all, impressing your partner comes along with a lot of preparation. All the brides-to-be certainly need to stock up their lingerie and nightwear collection for their special occasions like the special night or honeymoon. Thus, you must choose the best bridal nightwear in order to turn your partner on. A number of online lingerie and nightwear stores are selling the most beautiful and sensuous nightwears for all the brides to be. It’s the time you start exploring these stores.

Monday, 25 December 2017

My Top Picks For The Holiday Season - 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

I hope your festive weekend is going on super good. I am utilizing the day resting at home doing some of my favourite things. I was about to snuggle in for the night and get all comfy when I remembered that this post was scheduled to go up today...so take a look at my Top Picks for the Holiday Season this year! 

Top Picks For The Holiday Season

Thursday, 21 December 2017

What Makeup To Wear To A Job Interview

You got called in for a job interview. That means that you are one step closer to getting the job that 
you applied for. The interview is all that is left to get and own the position. Not to add pressure, but everything that you say and wear will speak and that includes your choice of makeup. I’ve put together some guidelines of what makeup to wear to your interview. I hope that this helps you to feel confident and go in there and get the job.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Starting My Bullet Journal : Why and How?

Collaborated post with IshtyleAwhile

I am a stationery addict. Not that I over splurge... But I can and will easily spend a hour or so in a shop that stocks stationery. I might not end up buying every time (I do make an effort to resist temptation) buy I love browsing through and picking up somethings every once in a while. The end result? A lot of cute notebooks/diaries....which I do not end up using (coz let's admit it, they are too pretty to use!).

Sometimes when I do use them, the pages filled in are completely random. To do lists, blog lists, study notes...all jumbled up. I came across the concept of Bullet Journalling about a year and half ago (thanks to all the YouTubers I follow). The process though being extremely interesting, looked too much of an effort to follow through. So even though I loved watching the set-ups of different people, I never gave in to trying it out myself. 

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Until, I chanced upon Lily Pebbles video which finally inspired me to try Bullet Jounalling out. I started it in Feb 2017 (a month late I know..but better late than never). Her very basic layout finally made me believe that I could do this as well (you will see that my layout is very much inspired by hers. I didn't want to take too many new chances you see)

Anyway, that is a super long intro! Phew! Take a look at my Bullet Journal 2017 along with a few tips and tricks to help you do this smoothly! ☺

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Real Techniques Collector's Edition Sculpting Set : Review

When Swati bought me the iconic Mary Lou-Manizer from Divya's blog sale (she blogs at The Conscience Fund, do visit it, the writing and wit will capture you!) I knew it was time to invest in a good fan brush. Nearly all the brushes I own are from Real Techniques so naturally, I was perusing their collection when my eye landed on this sculpting set that was just calling my name!

Even though I already owned their famous setting brush, and this set also contains it, I decided to purchase it because #1 Two new brushes, including an exclusive fan brush and #2 backups, hello?!

Real Techniques Collector's Edition Sculpting Set review

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, Cannes : Review

I am a matte and nude lipstick lover, as is quite evident on the blog. When I get dolled up to go out, I'd rather keep the attention on my eyes rather than my lips, and that has led me to build up an army of nude lippies with different undertones to complement any look!

The first NYX soft matte lip cream I tried was Abu Dhabi (a PR sample, and much adored) and I was awed by its mousse like texture, its pigmentation and staying power. It took me a while, but I finally added two more shades to build up the perfect trio of the range - a nude (Abu Dhabi), a sophisticated colour (Cannes), and a glamorous red (Copenhagen).

Let's talk about Cannes today!

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Bring Them Advent Calendars to India! These are the ones I am eyeing!

Ever since I have started watching YouTube videos, I have remembered one thing distinctly this time of the year, common to all I follow there.... it makes me dream about them constantly, silently hope each time that this will be the year they finally come to India...even wish that I leave the country and settle in the UK somewhere :D

I am talking about ADVENT CALENDARS! Yes you heard me right...I have spent many Christmases drooling over them and praying desperately to angels above to give me the magical power or teleportation if they cannot bring them here. I love beauty and lifestyle advent calendars. 
No, I haven't had any experiences with them so far, but I just know that I LOVE them! 



Every year I manage to lust over most of them, spend hours looking at unboxing videos and have an expression of a salivating dog throughout. How I wish these come to India someday...soon. I accept that Christmas isn't a huge in our country, but hey we still like celebrating it. Or perhaps, the brands can do one for Diwali? ;)

Anyway, I will stop rambling and just share on which ones I lust for - the ones that have been consistent every year in my wishlist. Take a look! 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Music On The Go With Artis : The BH400M Bluetooth Headphones

Good morning everyone! How is Friday going for you? It's super dreary here in Bangalore today and all I want to do is curl up in a cozy blanket with a hot cuppa! And of course put on some lovely mellow songs...wouldn't that be just lovely? Instead I am at work..but I have my coffee and music on!

Now, generally I do not do gadget reviews myself, but if I am loving something so much, I have gotta tell you all! So let me introduce you to the Artis BH400M headphones, which is my newest love! ❤

artis bh400m bluetooth headphones review

Friday, 24 November 2017

Nivea Whitening Smooth Skin Roll On : Review

I do not remember the last time I used a deodorant spray. For about 2 years now, I have shifted to roll ons. I somehow find them more gentle on the delicate underarm area. Plus roll ons are more discreet and travel friendly. 

Sure roll on was my absolute favourite for the longest time (full review here), but then I have stopped seeing them in the market now. I believe Rexona has taken it over..correct me if I am wrong. While that wasn't a big deal for me as a consumer, the problem is that if you look at the new Rexona packaging now, you will find Alcohol in the ingredient list - which completely negates the purpose of me buying Sure - It was alcohol free earlier. 


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Innisfree, The Green Tea Seed Serum : Review

My skincare routine has been failry simple since a long time now. I have been cleansing and toning twice a day and I follow up with Lacto Calamine in the morning as my moisturizer and a facial oil at night. 
Since the past couple of months though, I have been wanting to incorporate a serum too. Blame the dry Bangalore weather or the aging process, but lots of days, my skin feels dehyrated or dull in the morning and I know it needs an extra surge of moisture.
I was more inclined to get the Face Shop Chia Seed serum initially, but then that went out of stock the day I decided to get a serum...and since I had already made up my mind that I needed one that very day, I went ahead and ordered the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum (which had a lot of good reviews too). 

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Monday, 20 November 2017

L.A. Girl Glide Gel Liners, Deep Bronze & Black Amethyst : Review & Swatches

We at C&D are quite fond of colored eyeliners. Sure, black does look good on us Indian girls all the time, but somedays we just want to add a hint of color!
I never miss a chance to add a different color to my stash (which by now has many!) so when Smriti raved about the LA Girl Gel Liners, I had to give them a try too!

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

The Face Shop,The Solution Face Masks : First Impressions

If you follow us on Instagram, you would know by now that both Smriti and me have become sheet mask addicts! (Follow us on Instagram here...shameless promotion!)
The sheet mask craze has hit India brilliantly and I think everyone is jumping on the bandwagon now. Between Innissfree,The Face Shop and Dear Packer, you have a hundred choices! Plus, it doesn't hurt that Nykaa mostly has them on some offer many times
These sheet masks are usually available in a natural version and a lab solution varaint and we have tried them all! 

Each mask from The Solution variants from The Face Shop focuses on a certain vitamin or chemical with targeted properties. Sharing my first impressions today! 


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Your Prayers are Answered! New Pantene Oil Replacement is HERE!

For all our readers who’ve been with us from the beginning, I’m happy to share with you that my UG course is coming to an end, just a few months to go before I can call myself a Doc! (Fingers crossed…)

Exam time is always stressful, and little things like caring for myself definitely take a back seat in the light of all the studies, but I try to do my best. And that’s why I love hassle-free products, ones that can get the job done in a jiffy and leave me feeling like a goddess! An over-worked, sleep-deprived, half-starving goddess, but effortlessly glam.

Effortless being the key word here.

May I introduce the new Pantene Oil Replacement to all you beauties? This one’s a keeper!


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Must Have Polish Colors : How To Grow Your Stash The Sensible Way!

How many times have you wandered across the beauty aisles and picked up nailpolish colors randomly, just because it looked pretty in the moment? I am guilty of doing this so many times now that I have lost count. 
The problem is when you come back home and find out that you have a very similar looking shade already...Now that is annoying! 
You don't need a gazillion polishes in life (of course having them wouldn't hurt, but let's be a bit practical). 

There was a time when most of my polishes were different variants of nudes and neutrals. It is a category I gravitate towards the most. But then what is the point of have 10 nude shades? Over the past few months, my collection has grown and has more diversity (hence the post)

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Friday, 10 November 2017

The Perfect Razor For Travel, Gillette Venus Snap : Review

If you have been following C&D for a while, you would know by now that I have absolutely given up on waxing as a means for hair removal. 
For the past couple of years I have just stuck to 2 ways - Epilating and Shaving (the latter being used more frequently due to lack of time and general laziness). 

So while I love the standard Gillette Venus razor a lot, and also enjoyed the Venus Breeze (I have spoken about on our Instagram page), when it comes to being on the move, neither of those are quite travel friendly. The Venus Snap was something I had seen many YouTubers talk about, and after a long long period of contemplation I finally went ahead on got it! 
Why the long time deciding? Coz this baby is not available in India...yet and I had to pay a ridiculous amount on Amazon for a razor! (I still feel guilty about it!). But it is so worth it.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Face Shop Triple Eyes, Mocha Nuance : Review & Swatches

When it comes to eyeshadows, I am a neurtals person through and through. Yes, colors do look nice but I love sticking to my brows, beiges, bronzy shades.
Of course one of my most used palettes is the Maybelline Nudes, but I was on the lookout for something even more compact. Then The Face Shop launched their Triple Eyes palettes on Nykaa and I ordered it in a blink! Take a look :)

The Face Shop Triple Eyes eyeshadow review

Monday, 6 November 2017

3 L.A. Girl Glide Gel Liners, Champagne, Dark Brown, Gypsy Teal : Review

I always expected college life to be a phase where you can experiment, clothing..looks.. personality, everything.. and then I arrived at an institution which demands a formal and conservative approach to all of the above.

Most days, it's easy to adhere to; I understand the requirements of the profession, but on some days when my inner rebel decides to raise an eyebrow, I pull out my stash of coloured eye pencils!

Oh eye pencils, how I love theeeeeeeee... I adore my EyeStudio ones by Maybelline and these babies are the newest addition to my collection!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Handy Tips for A Hassle Free Wedding!

It's that time of the year when weddings are all around in the air, so we thought why not do a post keeping weddings in mind?  When it comes to a wedding, what is that one thing that almost turns into a nightmare if not done correctly? Yes, you guessed it right! Planning! Don't underestimate its power. It turns the sanest of brides into bridezilla


So, here are a few tips which will ensure that your wedding goes on smoothly with no last minute mess ups.

Get a wedding planner/journal - I know we live in the age of technology and our mobiles and tabs are smarter than us, but having your plans and details on the good old pen and paper is the best. Always. Create sections in the journal for venue, guest lists, caterer, functions, makeup artist, photographer, boutiques etc. You can also save cut outs of anything that inspires you which you want to incorporate in your wedding.

Guest list - Choose the ones you want to share your special day with. Do not forget to send out save the date invites well in advance so that people can keep the day free for you. Also, RSVPs is a good idea to implement.

Book in advance - Do not wait till the last few months to hire your caterer, venue, photographer and videographer as well as your makeup artist. They'll be booked by the time you approach. So start well ahead in time. You do not need to discuss specifics very early, but just make sure you have their slots when you need them.

You can take help of online wedding planning sites like Wedmegood to search for your vendors online. For ex: You can find a list of wedding banquets in Delhi, Mumbai and any other city you are getting married in. Similarly, you can find wedding photographers, makeup artists, mehendi artists and more in your city. You can check their availability, pricing, reviews and work to make a decision. And, also you can contact them directly to negotiate for prices. Cool, isn’t it?


Break in the new shoes - So you've got the perfect heels to go with your dress....what's will be the point if you won't be able to walk in them comfortably or they give you nasty shoe bites on your wedding day? Don't store the shoes in a box and wear them for the first time in your wedding day. Wear them around your house a few times before and break them in.

Emergency kit - Pack a small kit with band aids, safety pins, bobby pins, tampons, double tape, breath mints, painkiller and headache tablets, tissue and wet wipes. Give it to one of your bridesmaids so that it is available at any required time on the main day. Trust me, you will need it!

Discuss - now that all your team was booked well in advance, it would be a good time to discuss things through with them a couple of months before the D day. Try out the makeup look and hair do, give your specifications and expectations to the photographer and videographer etc.  Should have a clear idea about your expectations and what exactly are you looking for to prevent any future disappointments.

Honeymoon - find out the weather situation and current climate of the place you are heading to so that you can pack accordingly and efficiently.

Delegate - while most brides will have an OCD to get the inns done themselves, it would be a good idea to delegate small tasks to close family and friends. It will reduce a lot of your stress and will make sure things get done too.

Unwind - a few days before the wedding, when the stress levels will be at an all time high, it would a great to book yourself a spa day. Get the good old body massage, a manicure and pedicure and a hair spa....just relax and let your mind go calm.

Do not try anything new - when it comes to skincare and makeup, do not try any new products no matter how good the reviews are and even they promise to make you glow brighter than the sun! You never know what would react or break you out...so stick to your trusted regime and profits which have served you well. This also includes staying away from any new facials at the salon.


These were some small tips to help you have a calmer smoother wedding. Hope they help! If you have some more tips, please share them with us below :)

Also, Download the Wedmegood app for a seem less wedding planning on your own. 

Monday, 30 October 2017

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask : Review

Bright, healthy skin is something we all strive for. No amount of makeup can replace a natural glow of skin that is nourished and well cared for.

With the harsh environment I face everyday (blinding sun, scorching heat, high humidity, long hours in AC rooms...) I've seen my skin bear the brunt of it. For a long time, I struggled to find products that would do something to breathe life back into it, and I'm glad I chanced upon this face mask!

Even though it's a recent addition (only a month since I purchased it), it's benefits are evident, so dedicating a post to it was only a matter of time 😊


Sunday, 8 October 2017

The New Colgate Swarna Vedshakti Toothpaste

I was 6 years old when I decided that I wanted to be a dentist...that's how much I love the profession. I cannot stress enough on the importance of maintaining good oral health (that needs to be a separate post altogether) but we all know the basics, don't we?                                                                                                                                                              
Blame it on professional curiosity but I pick up and try almost every oral hygiene product that's new in the market. Of course there are a few that I always trust and come back to. Colgate is one such brand that we dentists always fall back on. I have lost count on the number of times I have recommend their pastes to friends, family and patients.

Modern science is evolving and innovating everyday making life better. However, somewhere our roots from the past have always stayed with us providing a strong foundation. When we combine the technology available today with these roots, we get a perfect blend!


Friday, 29 September 2017

White Denim and A Windy Day OOTD !

The wind was crazy the evening we were clicking photos for this outfit! My hair went all crazy! It was frustrating but kind of fun at the same time...well more frustrating for the photographer waiting every 2 minutes for me to settle my hair :D 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Forest Essentials Luscious Lip Balm Sweet Narangi Juice : Review

We at Curios & Dreams are ardent worshippers of lip balms. If you raid our purses/homes at any point of time, you'll be sure to find atleast 10 lying around, all being used at the same time!

From basics like Nivea and Maybelline, to holistic like Matra and Island Kiss, to luxury balms from The Body Shop and Forest Essentials, we've tried them all, and loved each for various reasons. Today, we've got the Sweet Narangi Juice luscious lip balm from FE in the spotlight!
While it may dent your pocket, it'll pamper your lips like nothing else πŸ˜‰

Forest Essentials Luscious Lip Balm Sweet Narangi Juice review

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Tips on the Hunt for a Healthy Breakfast Cereal

So many prepackaged cereal products are loaded with all of the wrong ingredients. The sugar content is out of control and they are made with processed grains which lack nutritional content and leave the body starved for proper, whole and healthy nutritional fulfillment. When shopping for a breakfast cereal here are some tips to keep your choices as healthy and balanced as possible.


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Looking back over the good old college times...My first college trip!

Last month I finally finished my exams...hopefully the last exam that I ever have to give. My dental course is finally over and even though it was a tough journey, I had some really great times too. 
Just the other day, I was reminiscing about my college life and one experience that will always be firmly etched in my memory is the trip my entire batch took back in my first year of college (I am talking about 2008!) 
Coming from a missionary school, where class trips were pretty much a no-no, I couldn't have been more excited when this trip was planned in college...I was one of the first people to say yes :D 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Bee Choo Origin Hair Spa Experience: Hairbitat, Vittal Mallya Road

With July being a month of back to back exams for me, my hairfall issue had reached a dreadful level! And do not even get me started on dandruff issues. I was scared to wash my hair, comb my hair..in general do anything with it. Every action left large balls of hair in my palm. Now neither did I have time to fix the solution (every minute of studying counts during exam right), nor am I too enthusiastic when to comes to regular haircare by myself.

Bee Choo Origin Hair Treatment, Hairbitat review

Monday, 21 August 2017

Let's Talk a Little About Feminine Hygiene

Among all the beauty and fashion related posts, somehow the important things get pushed behind. I wanted to do a hygiene related post for a long time...better late than never! Considering our country, where a lot of things are hushed up, a lot of mothers might have never had the talk with their daughters about maintaining things where they ought to be maintained. I keep wondering why women do not talk more about these things! There are many things we can learn from each other...right?
Discussed below are a some pointers and a few products that I personally like using. Read on!

Friday, 18 August 2017

L'Oreal Glam Shine Balm Gloss, Peach Pleasure : Swatches & Review

I am a big fan of chubby sticks, they are so easy to carry around, so easy to apply and in general look super cute. 
So, a while back I picked up the L'Oreal Glam Shine Blam Gloss in Peach Pleasure (after seeing some pretty swatches online...yeah I got tempted!). And while this is a pretty colour, I somehow do not reach for it as often as I should. Read on to know why.

L'Oreal Glam Shine Balm Gloss Peach Pleasure swatches and review

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

NYX Vivid Brights, Vivid Envy : Review, Swatch

Because why should we stick to only black eyeliners?

I cannot help but incorporate some fun bright colours into makeup when summer and monsoons are around, Blues, greens, bright purples they are so perfect to be sported this time of the year, don't you think so? 

This season, I surprisingly found myself using coloured liners (usually I stick to coloured pencils on my lower lash line, if you were wondering)
While I will talk about the other one in a few days, the NYX Vivid Brights in Vivid Envy is what we will be discussing today. 


NYX Vivid Brights Vivid Envy Review, NYX Vivid Brights review

Monday, 14 August 2017

Hooked Onto : July 2017

July was a super hectic month for me. If you have been following us here or on Instagram you would know that I had exams and it was one of the toughest things I have ever had to do. 
Since I was quite busy with the exams I did not have the time to try out many new things. I have combined some of my June favourites with a few of the things I liked in July as well into one post Take a look :)

Hooked onto, currently loving

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Syle Edit, Vol 1 : My Current Favourite Pieces

Hello all! 
After being a bit absent all July, I am finally done with exams and now can truly focus on the blog (which is all I have ever wanted to do ever since this baby started). I am brainstorming on newer posts and hopefully you will see a lot more content henceforth! 

On that note, here's introducing "Style Edit" where I will be talking about my recent fashion favourites...you know the stuff I keep reaching out too most over the past weeks, the things in my closet that have been getting lots of love lately (old or new)
I hope it inspires you all and that you like this new series!  πŸ˜„


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Blush, Make Love Instead : Review & Swatches

Hello everyone!

Half my makeup collection is dominated by Makeup Revolution, the other half by Maybelline. Two real budget-friendly brands with a plethora of products to choose from and no compromise on quality!

When I didn't own any baked powders, I never understood the hype, but now I have. Baked powders give you more pigmentation and minimal fallout, and a more aesthetically pleasing product too. I wish I could say that the pigmentation pulls me in, but honestly, it's the prettiness πŸ˜ƒ

Monday, 7 August 2017

Random Things About Me : Smriti's Edition

Ever since Swati did her 30 Random Facts, she has been pestering me to do the same. Not only is it fun, she said, it also gives our community a glimpse into the person we really are.

And they break the monotony of the blog too.

So here I am, penning down the little quirks that make me, me. I haven't decided on a particular number that I want to share so make sure you click on that 'Read more' button to find out how far I went!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder : Review

Phew! That is quite a long name for one product!
But, if the product is mind blowingly fabulous, I really will not complain about how long the name is. They can add 10 more words in there, for all I care! 

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder review

Monday, 31 July 2017

Guide to Good Skin : Facial Oils!

Hello everybody, it's time for the second edition of this series!

The last time, I emphasized the importance of understanding what your skin is trying to tell you. (Read more here) That includes keeping an eye out for subtle changes, and adjusting your skincare to balance it. Now that the foundation is laid, let's move on to the next step.

Facial oils are quite the rage lately, but how do you choose the perfect one for you skin? We've got you covered, no worries :)

Monday, 24 July 2017

Gravitale Revitalizing Skin Gel : Review

As a dry skin queen, I know and love my scrubs. Each time I scrub my skin clean, I fall a little more in love with how smooth it feels! I'm a firm believer in the power of exfoliants to not only make my skin healthy, but also help my skin care products work a bit better.

If you've been with C&D for long, you'll know I stick to a weekly exfoliation routine, head to toe. It's an integral part of my weekend pamper sessions, so I'm always on the lookout for high quality and (preferably) organic scrubs to use.

I think most of you will recall seeing Gravitale on Purplle quite a while ago. The product then was marketed as a grape scrub and it sounded promising, so I bought a jar of it. Therefore, even though we were sent a PR sample at its recent relaunch, this review is going to encompass the experience of 3 women who've been using it since ages ☺


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

June 2017 Empties

Gosh June is over already! My exams have started from today and I am freaking out! Wish me luck!
Anyway, I thought I would quickly share my June empties with you. Take a look :)

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Experimenting With A Waistcoat : OOTD !

First of all, thank you so much for liking my very first outfit post! Your appreciation really means a lot and well, it has encouraged me to finally do some more of them! 

Here's the 2nd one. This is special because (a) I have wanted to add a loose trouser type thing in my wardrobe for so long and I finally found the perfect pair (b) Ashish made me throw on a waistcoat, which I normally would never have, and I ended up liking it a lot!

Take a look!  

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Essence I Love Nude Eyeshadow, Coffee Bean : Review

Even though brown eyes are considered to be quite versatile, I always end up in a dilemma regarding what eyeshadows to put on my lids. With Makeup Revolution's Iconic 1 and Iconic 3, and Iconic Pro 1 (the newest hero in my collection), I consider myself the queen of neutrals.

Even then I wasn't satisfied. While on the hunt for something to quench my thirst I stumbled upon this gem, and the fact that it was so budget-friendly led me to buy it in 2 minutes flat!

Meet Coffee Bean, the only eyeshadow I'm convinced I'll hit pan on!

Essence I Love Nude Eyeshadow Coffee Bean Review

Monday, 3 July 2017

My Current Haircare Routine

When it comes to hair, we all have different types and different issues, which is why I do not recommend many hair products often. What suits me, might not really work for you. 
But since a lot of you have been requesting this one, here are the products I am currently using for my hair. 

I do put in a new product every now and then to test/try out, but these are the ones that have been working really well for me and have become a permanent part of my stash. 

My Current Haircare Routine

Friday, 30 June 2017

New In My Brush Cleaning Kit : PAC Instant Brush Cleanser

I have wanted an instant brush cleanser for the longest time. I mean, how awesome would it be to be doing your makeup, clean your brush in a jiffy and use the same brush again in that very moment? It also meant that I would not require like 10 eye brushes, I could do with just 2 or 3. 

For a long time, the only one available was by MAC and I wasn't ready to spend a bomb on that one. But I found this one by PAC recently and it was all that I could have ever wanted, within a reasonable price! 

PAC Instant Brush Cleanser review, Instant Brush Cleanser review, Instant Brush Cleanser india

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Bombay Perfumery Trial Box, Women : First Impressions

A while back Bombay Perfumery had a pop up here in Bangalore, and it was a small sweet one. Many of you wanted a review of their fragrances and how dare I ignore your requests! 

So, I had ordered their Women's trial box a couple of months back (which I had shared on Instagram) and I have been trying it out every now and then. Read on to know more and to know which one is my favourite! 


Monday, 26 June 2017

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Fabulous Brows!

Back in my teenage days, when women were threading their eyebrows as thin as death, my mother never let me thread them at all. On top of that I used to apply castor oil on them every now and then. End result? I had thick dark brows. And while I desperately wanted them to be threaded and shaped like everyone else was doing, I am so thankful that I was not allowed to!! 

Bold natural brows are back in trend and how! And they are here to stay.
There is nothing better than a woman with thick full eyebrows, so girls, keep those tweezers down! 

Today, I am talking about the basics you would need to make your eyebrow look on fleek! Read on!

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

In Love with Dumplings? These 3 Recipes Are Just for You

Dumplings have become famous worldwide. Serving as the perfect appetizer to kill hunger, these bite-sized, delicious morsels have a different preparation technique in every country. Also, the delicious taste makes it hard to know when to stop. So, if you are a dumpling lover, we are sure, you must be spending quite a lot in savouring your taste buds every day. However, what if we tell you that you can easily make them at the comfort of your home without putting any extra efforts? Yes, you read it right! The Noodle and Pasta Maker from Kent is a revolutionary appliance that comes with momo shaping die which makes preparing momos at home a breeze.


Friday, 23 June 2017

So I Finally Tried Palazzos : OOTD !

Curios and Dreams has been up and running for over 4 years now, and yet we had not done any OOTDs so far. Why so? 
Well, firstly because Smriti and I stay in different cities, away from home. You can see how getting photos clicked would be an issue. 
Secondly, I am a huge camera phobic!! I love clicking photos and could do it all day. But put me in front of a camera and I get extremely uncomfortable, give weird expressions and in general just want to run far far away! 
So much for OOTDs! *sigh*

Anyway, I was finally made to try palazzos a while back (I was convinced I wouldn't look good in them...short girl problems!) and my co-blogger Ashish, finally convinced me (read - pestered me enough) to do an outfit post. So here I am! 

This is my 1st outfit post, so naturally I am quite nervous about your thoughts. Be kind, ok? :)

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Incorporate Hemp In Your Skincare With Satliva!

Last month we were invited by Satliva to visit their workplace and take a look into their products and how the entire process of how they make them.
What surprised me the most, was the use of Hemp in their products! Well, are you surprised as well? Read on then!  


Satliva, Satliva review

Monday, 19 June 2017

How I Store My Makeup, Hostel Edition : Take A Peek

This is one of the most requested post at C&D and apologies for the delay but here it is finally! Take a look! 

How I Store My Makeup in the hostel room

Saturday, 17 June 2017

May 2017 Empties!

Time for last months empties again. Take a look!
Also, I need some recommendations this time...so pop them in the comments below!


Friday, 16 June 2017

Amp Up Your White Shirt!

Hello everyone! 

Since you all loved the last outfit post, we just had to feature our extremely pretty friend again! 
This time it is all about styling that basic white shirt! It need not be restrcited to office and formal occasions anymore. Here's how you can transfrom it with minimal effort! Take a peek :)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Summer Floral Watercolor Nailart

Firstly, thank you for loving the previous floral nail art! And since some of you asked for another one, how could I possible ignore your requests? You know we love them so keep them coming and we will go thorugh with them..promise!

Anyway, here's another design for you :)

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Monday, 12 June 2017

L’Oreal Paris Collection Star Pink Vernis, Sonam : Review & NOTD

Somehow, most things I tend to like get discontinued! Are you one of those as well?
Imagine the frustration, when you come across a perfect color, one you would repurchase again and again only to know that the one you have will probably be the last one.

This is how it is with the L’Oreal Paris Collection Star Pink Vernis collection, especially the Sonam Kapoor variant! I think the collection has been discontinued (correct me if I am wrong) and it is out of stock online almost everywhere! Sigh

I purchased a bottle of this, my mother liked the color so much that I asked her to keep it. Shortly afterwards, I realised that I needed it in my life, and went on such a hunt to get it!
You have no idea how happy I am to have found it ( I think I managed to get hold of it from Amazon at last).

L’Oreal Paris Collection Star Pink Vernis Sonam review

Friday, 9 June 2017

Lakme 9-to-5 Weightless Matte Lip & Cheek Mousse, Coffee Lite : Review

I am sure you know that Indian blogsphere went quite crazy when these were launched a few months back. 
Yes, I am reviewing this one quite late, but I have reduced impulse shopping a lot and bought this one after a lot of thought. So finally here are my thoughts about the Lakme 9-to-5 Weightless Matte Lip & Cheek Mousse

Lakme 9-to-5 Weightless Matte Lip & Cheek Mousse Coffee Lite review

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