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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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 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?

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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! ❤

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