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!

Guide to Fabulous Brows, Eyebrow grooming, Natural full brows

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

Monday, 5 June 2017

Cinthol Woman Deo Stick, Aura : Review

Ladies, a new favorite has joined my summer essentials arsenal!

  • Handy ✓
  • Effective ✓
  • Budget friendly ✓

When you're blessed with over-active sweat glands, there's little you can do to stop them from functioning, but every now and then comes a product which makes life easier for us. This deo-stick is one such find and I'm so glad I picked it up from my local store on a whim! It's life changing..!


Friday, 2 June 2017

What's in my Travel Bag? : Smriti's edition

You've already taken a peek into Swati's travel bag, and it's one of the most popular posts on the blog! Elder sisters are always a role model and so I decided to dedicate a post to my bag as well.

Elder sisters are also always more efficient, so while she had split her travel bag into Makeup, Skincare, and Tools, and also a bonus Weekend edition! I'm going to be lazy and showcase it all at once 😛

Hey presto!


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Nykaa Nude Matte Nail Enamel, Nutcracker Dreams : Review, NOTD

Nykaa has been rolling out new collections one after the other, and I am sure that their nail polishes are one of the most popular products. 
We at C&D quite love them as well, and have reviewed some of the matte shades from the original collection here and here. Then they launced the Nude Matte collection and tempted us further. 
Credit must also be given to Krupa from Ishtyle Awhile who swatched it on Insta stories and I could not resist any more. So here is Nutcracker Dreams for you :)

Nykaa Nude Matte Nail Enamel review, Nykaa Nude Matte Nail Enamel Nutcracker Dreams review

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Instax Mini 7s....and why we are addicted to it!

A while back, we were invited by Fujifilm to witness the launch of their new Instax Mini7s and the Instax Mini8 Bundle Pack.

The event itself was a super fun one and we walked back home with the new Instax 7s to test and try. Shortly afterwards, exams came around and I wasn't able to give the camera a proper go. 
I finally took it out last month and have not been able to stop using it ever since! Here's why:

Monday, 29 May 2017

Cargo Blush,Tonga : Review

I love blog sales! Which beauty lover does not? You get to try new brands and products without investing toooo much money. 
I had never heard of Cargo Cosmetics before, and Divya from The Conscience Fund was the sweetest ever and threw this in along with our other purchases from her blog sale. 

The fact that I have reached for this blush almost ever since I have got it, is proof enough of how much I am loving it already!

Cargo Blush Tonga review

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Hooked Onto : May 2017!

May gone! Whoa! Time is flying, isn't it?

Well with another month end comes a list of favourites! Here's what I have been loving all May :)

may favourites, hooked onto

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Kids, Putting Their Best Foot Forward!

Remember the old days, when we were young and had only about 2 pairs of basic shoes?
Of course this counts in the home slippers. If you were a girl, you probably had a nice pair of ballerinas which you wore when going out to a fancy place. Okay maybe another one in a different color, just to be fancy. And boys had a pair of sport shoes. All the 90's kids will know what I am saying.


A tea lover's tryst with Tea Treasure...!

Not many people know this about us, but Swati is an ardent coffee lover while I worship tea.

Tea for me is not just a treat for the taste buds, it holds great sentimental value as well. Evening chai is a family ritual, and I've been known to accompany my mother in drinking 3-4 cups in a day!

Although at home we love the quintessential chai, I've broadened my horizon and learnt to appreciate the wide variety of teas the world has to offer. I especially love Twinnings Earl Grey and Lemon & Ginger, and I'm lusting after berry flavoured teas.

While searching for good quality herbal teas available in India, I stumbled across Tea Treasure, a website dedicated to fulfilling all your tea needs while guaranteeing to make the whole experience a deeply satisfying one. Needless to say my happiness knew no bounds and I immediately knew I had to give it a try!



Friday, 26 May 2017

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer, Stellar : Review

When it comes to lips, I usually never stray from nudes.

It's not just the profession's demand, but also a matter of convenience. Having a few different toned MLBB shades in my collection makes it easy to pull together any look, no worries!

However, every now and then I like to do a complete U turn and sport a bright lip, be it a special occasion or just to run an errand! It's good to shake thing up, right?

And that's when beauties like Stellar take the limelight. And with that crazy pigmentation, and even crazier neon tinge, it's hard to keep Stellar away from attention... believe me.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Kama Ayurveda Pure Lavender Water : Review

One of the first skincare products I was introduced to by my mother was rose water, and ever since the Fab India steam distilled rose water was the only toner / face mist in my stash. I still think it's one of the better budget rosewaters available in our market and will repurchase or recommend it without a thought.

However, Swati always raved about the Kama Ayurveda pure rosewater being so fragrant, so luxurious, that I gave in to the greed and ordered for myself the Lavender variant (to justify the new purchase, two different flowers means separate benefits right?)


Monday, 22 May 2017

Real Techniques Powder Brush : Review

Even if you have the best of makeup, it is very important to have the right tools to apply them. Don't you all agree?
And while there are lovely brushes available (I have many on my wishlist) most of them are often quite expensive, unfortunately. And someday (when I am quite a makeup pro, I might get them). But for now, all I need are good quality brushes that are priced well....that way I can build my collection you see :)

When it comes to buying makeup brushes, Real Techniques is mostly what I reach out for without hesitation.

We have already reviewed their Stippling Brush, Expert Face Brush and Miracle Complexion Sponge in depth previously. Obviously, if you read the previous posts, you will know by now that we at CnD really love these brushes!
Adding to my collection, I got their Powder Brush a few months back and obviously I like it a lot!

Real Techniques Powder Brush, Real Techniques Powder Brush review

Sunday, 21 May 2017

April 2017 Empties!

April empties are a few and since I am completely out of thoughts as of now, I shall jump straight into them! :D


Friday, 19 May 2017

I Need A Vacation! #AbKahan

I am sure you have heard me mention this several times here and on social media by now!

The basic thing is - Life has been super stressful at work and in general. I find myself giving exams every other day. Don't even get me started on last week...it was an absolute nightmare. Imagine having to give exams 8:00 am - 10:30 pm for 2 days straight...yes, that is how it was! I am continuous in lack of sleep, have permanent eye bags and dark circles and to top it all, I am losing hair like crazy (read - shedding).

My Top 10 Summer Lipsticks!

Hello lovelies! 

I am so happy that you all liked the posts in the Summer Series! Nothing makes us happier than reading your appreciative messages. Many of you requested this post, so here it is. 
Intially I wanted to keep it at 5, but well, there is never such thing as too many lipsticks, is there? So here are my top 10 summer lip colors! Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara : Review

When it comes to mascaras, I generally tend to like the Maybelline ones. 
My first mascara was the Hypercurl one, I quickly upgraded to Colossal and when I tried out the Falsies...well, that was love! No matter which mascara I am testing/trying, I will always have a tube of Falsies in my stash! 

Even the Falsies Big Eyes was a good one, especially with a smaller wand for the lower lashes. 
Unfortunately though, I did not like the Magnum Barbie one that much and went back to my trusted Falsies. 

But when they came out with the Falsies Push Up Drama, I was super hopeful, afterall, it was from the Falsies family...!

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Easy Summer Floral Nail Art , White & Gold

Summer = Florals! No discussion over this! Which is why we could not resist from doing a floral nail art! Also, my love for gold and white is eternal, so I combined the 2 colors for this one. 

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Monday, 15 May 2017

With Great Shave comes Great Class! Spruce Shave Club Traveller Kit

By Ashish Gyan

Wanderlust is an itch that you have to, sometime in life, give in to! When such a time and place comes a gentleman will not be caught off-guard.

The great guys at Spruce Shave Club are friends in need, who will be every gentleman's, friend indeed.

From their stable of great products, comes the The Traveller and the Loaded 5X Traveller variant.


Spruce Shave Club Traveller Kit, Spruce Shave Club Traveller Kit review

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

SoulFlower Coldpressed Rosehip Carrier Oil : Review

Oils are my new thing. I 'discovered' them quite late, but late is better than never!

When all the beauty world was taken by storm by facial oils, I was happily sleeping under a rock. Then I randomly stumbled onto the Extraordinary Boosting Elixir by L'Oreal and got curious. After the first application, I was a convert. I do not think I will ever let facial oils out of my sight ever again. Double emphasis! I've looked into it quite a bit and a post about oils and different skin types is mulling in the back of my mind right now, but for now let me introduce you to this little bottle of goodness :)

SoulFlower Coldpressed Rosehip Carrier Oil review

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Your Guide to Summer Makeup!

First of all, Thank You for loving our Summer series! It makes us so happy knowing that you all appreciated the previous posts and we will be working on more summer related posts for sure!

In case, you have missed out previous posts, you can check them out here :

And since we all love makeup, why not have a guide to summer makeup? Let's start shall we?

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Hooked Onto : April 2017

I cannot believe that April is over already! Where is this year flying off to?! 
I have my exams coming up in the 2nd week of May and I am so nervous already! Let's see how they go *fingers crossed*
Anyway, with another month, comes a new favourites post...so here's what I really digged in April! 

April favourites, currently loving, hooked onto

Friday, 28 April 2017

Gillette Venus Breeze Session with Kalki Koechlin

Hello everyone! 
If you have been following our blog closely, you would probably know by now that when it comes to hair removal, we have pretty much stopped waxing a long time back. Who has the time to schedule a salon appointment these days or the patience to wait till the hair grows back completely?! 

No way. So when it comes to hair removal there are 2 methods I prefer these days....epilation and shaving. 
While epilation is a good method, it does take time too. Which brings me to shaving! Such a life saviour! 10 minutes in the shower and you are all done!

Gillete Venus is probably the only name that comes to most of our minds when we hear shaving, doesn't it? And rightly so. They have revolutionized the entire shaving process when it comes to women.
Gone are the days when you had to make do with the standard 10 rupee mens razor. 

Venus introduced us to felxible heads, ergonomic handles and the power of 3 blades instead of one! Shaving has never been the same and there is certainly no looking back! 
While we have reviwed the Venus razor long back on the blog, the latest variant Gillette has to offer is Breeze  which takes shaving to another level entirely. 


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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.

theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer review,Bahama Mama Bronzer review

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 :) :)

Zara Pear and White Flowers EDT, Zara Pear and White Flowers EDT review

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. 



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