First I would like to thank you for all the love I received on my post yesterday. You have no idea how much your words mean to me. I was going through a really weird phase, felt unmotivated and disoriented. But thanks to all the love and support, I am feeling quite better today... ;)
So as promised, I am back with another Valentine’s Day special look, a dramatic pink half cut crease eye makeup that will surely make heads turn.
Cut crease eye makeup, if done right, will amp up your look in a wink. But we often find the method a little difficult to do. Cutting crease with a concealer, working with eye shadows in layers and the whole technique, the look does require a steady hand, time, patience and of course practice. Recently when I was doing this look, I tried a new method and it worked out pretty well. Trust me, my work was done in seconds and I my creases were beautifully cut.
I went for a simple half-cut crease this time, but you can opt for full cut-crease following the same method.
So lets begin :D
EYES:- Like always, I did my eyes first; so that if there are fall outs, I can easily clean them off later.
Start by grooming your brows. Apply a skin colored eye shadow on all over the eye lid and brow bone to get rid of any oil residue on your lids.
Now take a pale pink colored eye shadow and apply on the crease. This is my first transition color. (I love packing colors, from lighter to darker. This way it is easy to blend the shades together and also gives an amazing gradient look.)
Then I took an hot pink colored eye shadow on my fluffy brush and start swiping to and fro on the crease, just where your socket line is, blending any harsh lines.
Now using your fingers or an eye shadow brush pack on some matte dark red eye shadow on the outer corner your eyes. Blend.
Pack on the colors again if you feel like.
Once you feel satisfied with the intensity and the gradient, grab your favorite liquid/gel liner and start lining your upper lash line. Wing it out for the extra drama.
Take a golden shimmery eye shadow on the same fluffy brush and go to and fro on your lower lash line. I skipped kohl for this look. But you can definitely apply if you want.
Apply loads of mascara to give length and volume to your lashes.
(Now, comes the fun part. This normally finishes my eye makeup. But when I looked into the mirror, after finishing this look, don’t know why, it felt incomplete; and then I thought how about doing a cut crease and adding some drama? I already had my mascara on and the problem of people with long lashes, whatever you try to do after applying your mascara, everything gets stuck on the lashes. Irritating as hell. So I just chucked my concealer and all and just went straight with a shimmery pink liquid liner complementing my eye makeup.)
I just carefully outlined the portion I want to have the ‘cut-creased’ effect and then filled it up. Then using my tip of my ring finger I patted on the portion where the pink liner meets my shadow, just to have a smoother gradient.
And that is it, you are done :D Phewww….
All my eye shadows are from Makeup Revolution 144 Eye shadow palette and Coastal Scents 252 Eye Shadow Palette. Liquid liner is good old Lakme Insta Liner, pink liquid eyeliner is Miss Claire Pearl Liquid Liner in 03 and mascara is L’Oreal Million Lashes. I did my brows using Benefit Ka Brow.
BASE:- Clean off any fallout and apply moisturizer. Wait for 2-3 minutes, till the moisturizer gets absorbed into your skin, and then apply your favorite foundation all over the face, neck and blend well. You can use your fingers, brush or a wet sponge as per your choice. Do correcting and concealing like you would usually do, under your eyes and on any discoloration on the face. My foundation is SephoraBrightening and Hydrating Foundation and corrector and concealer are all from Kryolan Derma Palette.
This look calls for a light flush of pink on cheeks. So swirl your brush on a light pink blush, dust of excess and apply on the apple of your cheeks. You can also contour if you want, I generally avoid it. Finally apply highlighter on the high points of your face, you’re your cheek bones, the bridge of your nose, cupid’s bow. I love highlighting my chin as well. My blush is from Ben Nye Blush Palette and highlighter is Benefit CosmeticsHigh Beam Liquid Face Highlighter.
LIPS:- My lip color here is a mixture of colors from ABH Lip Palette.
Hope you find this pictorial useful. Go out of the box, do try it and let me know J
Thank you again for the love, I am overwhelmed. What more can I ask for?
Lastly, wishing you all a very happy Valentine’s Day. Stay blessed! Love you all.. J
Valentine’s day is just around the corner and I am sure everyone of you are gearing to celebrate the day of love with your loved ones. Though I believe that when you are in a right relationship, you just don't need a day to profess your love and every day is a Valentine’s day, but still, why miss a chance of getting pampered by him and more than anything else, why miss the chance of decking up and indulging in some amazing, mouth-watering delicacies!? Isn’t?
Coming back to today’s topic, I have been asked by many of you about what Valentine’s Day special look I am going to create this year. Well, I had actually few in mind and I’ll be sharing them with you in this and in the coming posts.
Today’s look is all about an easy, wearable, rose gold smokey eyes. Rose gold is a color which I feel is very sophisticated, feminine, soft yet alluring, romantic and sexy, all together. I have been wanting to create this look for quite some time now and I feel that it would be very appropriate for the Valentine’s Day this year.
So lets go through the breakdown.
EYES:- I always prefer doing eyes first, so that if there are fall outs, I can easily clean them off before doing my base makeup.
Start by grooming your eyebrows and applying a wash of skin colored eye shadow all over your lid, crease and brow bone to get rid of any oil residue.
Now take a fluffy brush, swirl over a light brown eye shadow and start buffing it on the crease and outer corners.
Now using the same brush, take a matte plumy brown eye shadow and start swiping to and fro on the crease, just where your socket line is, blend any harsh lines.
Now take an eye shadow brush and pack on some matte dark brown eye shadow on the outer corner your eyes.
Once everything is well blended, take a shimmery rose gold color and pat on the center of the lids. Taking a blending brush, blend the harsh lines well. I made a mistake here. The rose gold eye shadow I used was very shimmery and I blended it way too much which actually moved the color over the crease. So pay attention to it. Blend, but don’t over blend.
Pack on the colors again if you feel like.
Now take using the same blending brush, go on your lower lash line with whatever products you have on the brush. If you feel it is not enough, you can obviously intensify.
Now line your waterline with kohl, dip a pencil/smudging brush in the matte brown shadow, pat off the excess and start smudging the kohl with it.
Once you are done smudging your lower lash line, line your waterline again. Apply loads of mascara to round off your look.
This eye makeup hardly takes 5 minutes to complete. All the eye shadows, except the rose gold are from Coastal Scents 252 Paletteand the rose gold is from Sugar Cosmetics Chandelier eye shadow quad. Kohl is Faces Long Wear and mascara is L’Oreal Million Lashes.
BASE:- Clean off any fallout. Start by prepping your skin. Apply a moisturizer and also don’t forget your sunscreen if you are going out in the sun. Apply your favorite foundation all over the face and blend well with a wet sponge, this gives a dewy finish. Do correcting and concealing like you would usually do, like under your eyes and on any discoloration on the face. My foundation is from Cinema Secrets and corrector and concealer are all from Kryolan Derma Palette, which I absolutely love.
Apply a light pink blush on the cheeks and also a highlighter on the high points of your face, you’re your cheek bones, the bridge of your nose, cupid’s bow. I love highlighting my chin as well. My blush and contour powders are from Ben NyeBlush Palette and highlighter is Wisp by Colourpop.
First one, is a mixture of colors from ABH Lip Palette and the second one is NYXLiquid Suede Cream Lipstick Cherry Skies. I guess the eye makeup goes well with both light and dark lips, so play with them according to your mood.
That’s it. I prefer my smoky eyes a little intense, but it is up to you how much you want to play with the intensity. You can increase and decrease the drama as per your wish. Do try it and let me know… J
Coming up with a few more looks to give you some Valentine’s day inspo. So, stay tuned J
A good primer is very essential if you want your makeup to look fresher and last longer. Primers also seal pores on your face by creating an invisible blanket and also adds softness to the makeup making your face look velvety smooth and making the makeup application a breeze. I have heard so many raved reviews about the LAKME Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer and so I thought about giving this a try. I have been a fan of INGLOTUnder Makeup Base (read review HERE) which I successfully finished few months back. So, let’s see if a product priced half of my favorite INGLOT primer, could actually impress me with it’s quality or not.
What LAKME says:- “The Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer is the perfect start for a flawless, professional makeup finish. The Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer's silky blur formula instantly brightens primes, softens blemishes and pores and creates a smooth skin surface to prep for makeup application. Makeup glides on effortlessly and blends seamlessly for a more vibrant, color true finish. The Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer is the perfect canvas for makeup or wear-alone over your moisturizer for instant smoothness and radiance.”
Price:-Rs. 675 for 30ml
Packaging:- The primer comes in a black squeeze tube with silver screw cap. Sturdy and travel-friendly. I like squeezy tube as I can squeeze out just what I need rather than trying to manipulate a pump.
Color, Texture and Fragrance:- This primer is light pink in color and has a mousse kind of a texture. But the color tends to add a cast, so beauties with darker skin tones have to be careful about the quantity. It is very lightweight, blends like a breeze and gives a silky, velvety-smooth feel to the skin. It has a pleasant fragrance that disappears within seconds of application.
Performance:- As I said, it applies easily and evenly, absorbs pretty quickly and feels beautiful on the skin. My feels smoother too, thanks to the silicon in it. So if you are allergic to silicon, stay away from this; it can wreak havoc. It makes foundation application like a child’s job; the makeup sets better and looks more natural. It gives a beautiful matte finish to your look and keep sweat away, making the makeup last longer than usual. So if you have oily skin or if you are a matte finish lover, then, you are going to love this. Me being more of a dewy finish lover, have kind of a so-so feel about this finish.
Summing up my LIKES and DISLIKES:-
What I Liked about Inglot Under Make-Up Base :-
A little is needed.
Has a velvety-smooth texture.
Skin feels so soft, smooth and beautiful.
Blurs out pores and fine lines to some extent.
Allows your foundation to glide easily and seamlessly.
Gives a sophisticated matte finish.
Makeup looks fresh even after hours of application.
I use it as an eye primer too, and it works brilliantly.
Travel friendly packaging.
What I don’t like about Inglot Under Make-Up Base:-
Duh! Silicon (but it’s the silicon that makes all the difference in this case)
Matte finish is not something that I always like. (But again that’s my preference. This is not exactly a ‘con’)
I wish it didn't have any color to it.
Not very hydrating.
Final Thoughts:- It does its job nicely. Creates a smooth canvas for the makeup, prevents the makeup from creasing and fading. But the cast on deeper skin tones is something one shouldn't ignore. Keep the quantity in mind, don’t over apply. This is good, but I would still stick to my INGLOT one, unless I find something better. As I said, matte finishes isn't something I totally crush on and this is the only reason why I won't be repurchasing this. So to me, it is a decent makeup primer, if not extraordinary. If pigmented primer is not a problem and if you are not allergic to silicons, then you can give this a try.
Have you tried the Lakme for Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer? If yes, how was your experience? Let us know :)
I hope you all are doing great and that the New Year is treating you pretty well. For me, it has been rocking so far. I am just back from a vacation. My sister-in-law got married and what amazing time we had in Lucknow.
Anyway, coming back to today’s topic; as we all know, Wet n Wild finally got launched in India and I just can’t thank Nykaa enough for bringing this well-known US brand to our doorstep. Wet n wild products are extremely cheap in the US, although they are not as cheap here in India, but are still pretty affordable. Recently, I have been asked a lot about the must have products from this brand, so today I have come up with a list of my favorites. Nykaa though has limited stock right now, but soon they are stocking up more products from the brand.
Photo Focus Foundation:-One of the best drugstore liquid foundations I have used. The texture is amazing, blends into your skin effortlessly and the finish is beautiful. I am absolutely loving it so far. You can check the detailed review HERE. Price: Rs. 599
Photo Focus Concealer:- Creamy, luminous and is tested to be white-cast free under seven different photo lighting condition. This gives a pretty high coverage and does its job wonderfully. Price:- Rs. 399
Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick:-This is a bomb of a liquid lipstick. Creamy texture and settles in a very beautiful, plush matte finish, incredibly pigmented and stays pretty long. This is absolutely a must have. Nice to Fuchsia, Missy and Fierce and give me mocha are my favorites. Price:- Rs. 499
Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color:- Their megalast lipsticks are pocket-friendly and come in amazing colors. They have some really nice dupes of famous, cul-favorite MAC lipsticks. Easy to apply, they are also insanely pigmented and settles in beautiful matte finish. Some of the best shades are: Spotlight Red, Sandstorm, Bare It All, Cherry Picking, In The Flesh, Mochalicious, Spiked With Rum, , Cinnamon Spice, Sugar Plum Fairy. Price:- Rs 299
Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombré BlushAvailable in 2 shades of ombre, The Princess Daiquiries and Mai Tai Buy You A Drink. Blendable, lightweight powders in a soft gradient of ombre hues with a satiny smooth formula that blends seamlessly on your skin for buildable color. You can use them as blush or also as eye shadows for a fun pop of color. Price:- Rs.299
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder Available in 2 shades, Precious Petals and Crown of my Canopy. The first one is a beautiful champagne-gold kind of a color and the second one is a gorgeous muted copper with warm gold shimmers. Pigmented, easy to blend, doesn’t move all over your face and the price makes it all the better. Price:- Rs. 499
Wet n Wild Au Naturel Palette:-There are 2 pallets in the range containing 10 shades each. Beautiful color selection, beautiful texture and well pigmented, these palettes are great for beginners. Price:- Rs. 675
Wet n Wild Color Icon Single eye shadows:- Single eye shadows are great when you want some particular shade or don’t want to spend much on whole pallets. The brand has a wide range of single eye shadows. Price:- Rs. 135
Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color:-Want to try gel nail colors, but dreading the price? No more, Wet n Wild has come up with gel nail colors to suit your varying moods. For the low price, it is a pretty nice product. Though I haven’t got one from Nykaa, but have tried the ones from US and the color payoff and opaqueness with two coats was stellar. Price:- Rs. 250.
Wet n Wild Brushes:- The brand has an amazing range of brushes. Looks so cute, are extremely soft and works amazingly in blending and buffing your makeup. Price:- Starts from Rs. 130
Other than the above mentioned products I love their Kohls, lip liner, shine nail protector, compact, mascaras, finishing spray, the highlight-contour duo as well. Overall, I love wet-n-wild products. At such price tags, what you get is pretty amazing. You get your beauty fixes without actually hurting your pocket. Yes, the brand has some duds too, the products that I won’t buy again, no matter how cheap they are. To mention a few, mega color lipsticks, the lip glosses, the glitter singles. The glitter singles I hate the most. I was so excited to try them but they are like glitters on a vaseline base, they never really dry down; looks so patchy and the glitters moves crazily.
Being said that, keep in mind that we all have different preferences, what I didn't like you might actually like and vice versa. So that is it. Hope you liked the post. Let me know your favorite Wet n Wild product in the comment section below.
We had quite a few dishes, and they were all good. We had:
TUSCANA PIZZA: Thin crust, good sauce, nice slices of meat, fresh onions, mozzarella, cheddar baked to near perfection, awesome.
TANDOORI TIKKA TRILOGY: Six pieces of meat, two of each flavour, served up in a snazzy looking tandoor with flavorful chutney, nice.
CHICKEN SIRACHA: Juicy succulent pieces of chicken, nice sauce, very tasty.
CHEESY MUSHROOM KULCHA: The bread was cooked through, was not soggy at all, the filling was sumptuous and had nice texture.
KHIDCHI ARANCHINI: The rice was well flavoured, the breading was perfect, the tangy tomato sauce and the papad served along with complimented it well.
SEA BASS (seasonal): The fillet was moist, cooked just as much it should be, very well seasoned, the lemon butter sauce had a very balanced flavor.
GOAT CHEESE WALNUT TIKKI: Full flavored filling, nice breading, fried to perfection and served with nice chutney.
My picks would be the TUSCANA PIZZA, SEA BASS especially for the lemon butter sauce, and the GOAT CHEESE WALNUT TIKKI. The presentation was also pretty cool.
This “pub” could not impress with their drinks. Neither the COSMOPOLITON, the SEX ON THE BEACH nor the ORANGE MARTINI that we tried, were like what they are supposed to taste. I could barely taste the spirit in them; the only prominent flavour was sweetness. The PISCO SOUR was good. They need a lot of improvement in this department, a real lot.
This is another aspect that requires attention. Some might even consider them rude. I will not cite any instances here, but overall, they need to pull up their socks and pay attention to the basics.
They have nailed it in this section, superb I should say. The elements looks fresh quirky and stylish, all the elements seem well thought out, the lighting is adequate.
My choice of seating would be the square at the very top or the rocking table of the roof top.
To sum up, level seven has a location to die for, tasty food and a nice ambience to compliment it all. The drinks and service are major letdowns. I sincerely hope that they pay attention to these aspects; they have good times ahead of them.
Lastly, I would like to thank Priyanka, First Idea and Level Seven for having me over.
Foundation, as we all know, foundation is is one of the most important facets of makeup. It prepares the canvas on which the rest of your makeup will be applied. Today, I’ll be reviewing a foundation that has recently been launched in India. I have heard so many raved reviews of this foundation and have been planning to try this since long and finally, thanks to Nykaa, I got a chance to lay my hands on it. So presenting, the much talked about Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation.
What WetnWild says:- “Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection. High-performing, breakthrough formula Featuring light-adjusting complex to help prevent white cast in photos Tested under 7 light conditions with and without the use of flash”
Price:- INR 599/-
Packaging:- A glass jar with a black cap that has a spatula attached to it. Sturdy and Travel friendly. The spatula helps to apply the product easily and directly on face.
Shade:- Mine is in shade Buff Bisque and it suits me just fine; exactly my skin, only better. I am NC20 in MAC and I love Buff Bisque on myself. Though there are 20 shades in the range, but for the time being there are only 5 shades available in Nykaa.
Texture and Finish:- Texture is very smooth and easy to blend. The finish is absolutely matte, sets into the matt finish almost instantly, so a good prepped skin underneath the foundation is essential. Otherwise this might go streaky, might look unblended and will just sit on top of your skin instead if melding with it. So a clean, well moisturized skin is indispensable.
Coverage and Staying Power:- This foundation has a light to medium coverage and is buildable. I can totally build this foundation to get medium-full coverage. You don’t need a lot for evening out skin nicely, covering mild freckles, discolorations, blotchiness and red marks left by pimples. If you have major scars or marks, you need a concealer with this. Staying power is 10+ hours, which is great.
So summing up “LIKES” and “DISLIKES”
LIKED about Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation:-
Light to medium coverage and is buildable.
Matte finish, great for oily-combination skin.
Reveals a perfect and naturally glowing complexion.
Doesn’t highlight wrinkles or patches if skin is well prepped.
Covers redness and spots, making skin look rather smooth.
Can be blended easily.
What I don’t like about Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation:
Available only at Nykaa. Though you can buy through Instagram sellers.
I wish it came with a pump dispenser instead of the spatula.
Has a chemically smell so if you are very sensitive to smells, you may not like it.
Final thoughts:- I am not someone who loves heavy coverage foundation, I look for something which feels and looks light. The feather-light finish easily blends into the skin covering minor skin imprecations and evening out skin tone. I am not really fond of strong "matte finishes, but I somehow like it. I am using this pretty often now and really loving it. My face feels smooth and naturally beautiful all day. Happy with my buy. I was in a double mind before buying this product, firstly I wasn’t sure about the shade, secondly I was apprehensive about the quality, but I am very glad I took the risk. For a Rs.599 foundation- it is worth you taking the risk too!
That is my before and after picture. The left is my bare face and the right one with just the foundation and nothing else. Hope the difference is visible. And kindly ignore the weird expressions.
Would I recommend? If you are looking for a daily foundation which gives an amazing matte finish and also is easy on pocket, then you can surely give this a try. You can easily achieve an even and comfortable coverage with this foundation, just don’t forget to moisturize and prime, or at least moisturize your face before. Oily skin beauties, you are going to love this to bits.
Yesterday, Kolkata has finally opened her arms to the well-known cosmetic giant Sephora. The store is now one of the biggest makeup stores in the city and is packed with famous international brands that we Kolkatans were desperately in need of. Becca, Smashbox, Stilla, Bobbi brown, Sephora, Clinique, Michael Kors, Dior, Bulgari, Givenchy, Estee Lauder, Clairins, Forest Essentials, Elizabeth Arden, Nyx Cosmetics, Benefit, Makeup Forever, Glamglow, Burts Bees, OPI, Burberry, Givenchy, Dior, Versace, Tom ford, Shiseido, Foreo, Boscia are to name a few, no wonder Sephora is touted as “The Mecca of Makeup”. I have kind of a mixed feeling, happy because now I don’t have to wait for months to buy my favorite products and sad because I am broke to the core. I really have to spend exorbitant amount of time to convince myself to spend my money on those exorbitantly priced stuff.
Anyway, coming back to today’s topic, I often get enquiries about Sephora India must haves, so as Sephora finally spread its wings to Kolkata, we thought of making a list of products that you can splurge on. Listed below are those that I feel are best from the array of products Sephora houses. All my makeup lovers, welcome to makeup heaven.
BENEFIT:- I have too many favorites from the brand. They’re real mascara, Roller Lash mascara, POREfessional face primer, Benetint cheek and lip stain, Highbeam liquid highlighter, Ka-Brow, Goof-proof brow pencil and gel liner pen are some of the products which you can try from Benefit. Hoola Bronzer and their range of blushes are amazing as well.
SEPHORA IN-HOUSE LINE:- Almost every product from this brand is a hit and is also cheaper compared to the other brands available. Try their lip liner, eye pencils, cream lip stains, liquid foundations, pressed glitter monos, single eye shadows, neon nail paints, compacts, highlighter, bronzers and blushers.
Their skin care range is amazing as well. Try their face masks and eye masks; you are going to love them. You can also try their brushes, sponges and other makeup tools.
BECCA:- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter is one of their cult favorite products. If you are a fan of Instagram highlighting, then this is something you need in life. The formula is great and they are oh so gorgeous. The glow the highlighter imparts looks so sophisticated and is impeccable. My favorites are opal and moonstone. You can try their back light priming filter face primer as well, one of the best primers I have used.
MAKEUP FOREVER:- MUFE is a brand that all makeup gurus and lovers swear by. HD foundations and concealers have received immense love from people worldwide. Beautiful texture, high coverage, amazing finish and long staying, what else can anybody want? Their cream blushes and lipsticks are good as well. Their HD blushes are good as well.
STILLA:- Sophisticated, smart and sexy, that is what Stilla is. Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks, Convertible Cheek and Lip Cream, Smudge pots, Smudge Stick Waterproof eyeliner, Liquid Glitters and eye shadow palettes are their most raved products. Though liquid glitters are yet to reach the stores, you can definitely try the other products, especially the cult favorite liquid lipsticks.
NYX COSMETICS:- Finally NYX baby is here in Kolkata, probably the only brand my pocket is currently happy about. At least I can buy the jumbo eye pencil in milk with whatever I am left with. It is a wonderful product, do give it a try. Also their other jumbo eye pencils, soft matte lip creams, liquid suede cream lipstick, lip lingerie, finishing powder, single blushes, eye shadows, lip liners, eye pencils, highlighter and contour palette, pigments, setting spray are worth every penny. You just can’t go past the counter without stopping.
BURTS BEES LIP BALM:- Burts Bees lip balms are my absolute favorite from the brand. They are just amazing. You can try the shampoos from the brand as well.
SMASHBOX:- ‘Be Legendary’ lipsticks, primers and primer water are their most raved and loved products. Mmm..I like the lipsticks, but not my ‘favorite ever’, but absolutely love the primers.
ESTEE LAUDER:- Get their Double Wear Foundation if you can. It is one of the best foundations I have ever tried.
DIOR:- Beside their range of perfumes, try their mascaras, eye shadow pallets and lipsticks. DiorShow Iconic High DefinitionLash Curler mascara is my favorite. Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear is good as well.
GLAM GLOW:- The internet frenzy brand, that is what I call Glam Glow. People all over Instagram and YouTube are just crazy over their products. I am yet to try any of them, but if you are in a mood to splurge, you can obviously give a try. I have heard that the products start from 4k.
PERFUMES:- Sephora being a multi brand store have the most amazing collection of perfumes, for both men and women. The prices are obviously in the higher range, but once in a while, you can definitely indulge in one or two.
I am just upset that “Soap and Glory” is not there. But more than anything else, I am so excited about the fact that my favorite mall is finally re-opening new and improved with biggy brands like Sephora, Foreever 21 and Starbucks; because as they say, “South City isn’t just a mall. It is an emotion.” J
Have you visited Sephora Kolkata? Did you buy anything? Let us know J
P.S. Thank you Pamela Di a zillion ton for the pictures. You are my darling… J
It is said that when you turn your love into your vocation, the result is beautiful. Such is the story of Melting Pot, a young business initiative that holds a lot of promises. In her own words, Srabani, the owner said that Melting Pot is a coming together of her love for Oriental food and her confidence in the in the ever increasing appeal of Continental food in Kolkata. As far the location is concerned, she says that it was sheer luck that they found a spot in the heart of Ballygunj, in the vicinity of renowned names like Kasturi and Fish Fish.
When I walked into the restaurant, I confess that wasn’t expecting what I finally got which made it an even more special experience.
As we stepped in, we were heartily welcomed by our host. Although it is not huge inside, but the minimalist and fresh styling makes it look spacious. The cosy place, warm ambience and subtle, soothing decor helps you concentrate on what you are there for. I feel this is great place for just you and your one, friends or a family dine out as well.
The Food:- Melting Pot nicely brings Oriental delights and Continental Classics in one place; one will be spoilt for choices here. We often go to places that offer a wide variety of food but we are left with a very few choices as far as beverages are concerned, not here, I counted more than 25 entries on the beverage menu, not accounting for the 9 varieties of teas. That itself is a big plus for me and something that would make me want to visit the place again and soon.
Amazing, just one word. All that they served looked and felt from the heart. Just order one, sit back, relax and sip on. My pick would be Sweetheart, for obvious reasons, the quintessential combination of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate is a must have. The orange mojito was nice too.
Appetizers: Cream of chicken soup.
When you plan for a heavy dinner/lunch, a cream based soup must not be the obvious choice, simply because it itself tends to be pretty heavy. To my surprise the soup that was served to us was light and not as rich as we find cream of chicken soups in most other places.
The chicken bits could have been better prepared too. The croutons were a good addition. They served garlic bread on the side which I think is not appropriate, as the garlic cuts the creaminess even further, just plain old butter toast with black pepper or white pepper would have been sufficient.
Starters: Korean Chicken on a Stick, Steamed Chicken Momos
The momos were nice, the filling was sufficient and well seasoned, the wrapping was thin and when we cut through, it tore apart evenly, did not break, which shows that it was freshly made. The Sauce complimented the fresh taste of the momos, being tangy to start with yet having a hot after taste.
The Korean Chicken on a stick was equally good, had a hint of sweetness and an underlying hot flavour that is typical to Korean food.
Main Course:Spaghetti Aglio e Olio(n/v), Burnt Garlic flavoured mixed fried rice, Sliced Chicken in Chilli Oyster Sauce.
The Spaghetti preparation was very light and and fragrant as an Aglio e Olio should be, the Spaghetti was al dente, the chicken bits were well seasoned, and the sprinkled cheese , chilly and cilantro added to the taste.
The fried rice was a little oily but not a turn off, the shrimps were fresh, and the chicken was well seasoned here too. The chicken side dish is a must have, although I would have loved snow peas instead of green peas, but that will not matter when you have tasted the broth, superb.
Dessert: Tutti Fruity, Toffee Walnut A feast, both taste and quantity wise. You might struggle to finish these alone, and that’s not bad at all, this might just be the thing you can share with your beloved.
The staffs were very attentive and had an eye out for the basic convenience of their customer. Right from preparation to presentation and service, they were at par with their contemporaries.
Overall, Melting Pot has friendly staff, prompt and cordial service, an amazing menu, the food was good and sumptuous, the flavors were balanced and the ingredients were fresh, and most importantly, the effort that they are putting into making a mark for themselves shows up on your plate, shows up in their hospitality. All of this, at the price point and the location that they are offering it at, I am sure that they have good times ahead of them. Lastly, I would like to thank Sushmita, First Idea and Srabani for having me over. It was a 'lip-smacking' experience. I'll surely be back again.
So if you are looking for a place where warm hospitality, tasty preparations and courteous service are hallmarks, then this is the place to be.
P.S. Although I am fascinated by good tea, I had barely any space left, so I had to give it a miss… :(
Address: 89B, Ballygunge Pl, Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019 (Located just opposite to the BSNL office at Ballygunge Place. 2 mins walking distance from Kasturi Food Plaza.)
Life is not easy. Whoever told you that is out of their mind. Life is absolutely amazing filled with love, happiness and peace but you will encounter obstacles in your path. You will encounter evil forces that will try to bring you down. You will encounter difficult moments that will test your strength. And it is those moments that will help mould you into a better individual. It is those moments that will help you grow and come out of difficult situations.
So with the ups and downs of life, comes hits and misses of products too. Being a beauty blogger, I get to use and experiment with a lot of products. Sometimes I get PR products, sometimes I buy in a whim and sometimes I spend hours and days researching about a product before buying. Today I am listing down products on which I have wasted my time and money and I hope this post will help you make better choices while buying products.
If you enjoy these products don't get offended because we all have different preferences and likings. Also our skin and hair types aren’t similar. So what worked for you, might not work for me and vice versa.
So, here goes my list of downers ;)
TS Cosmetics Pressed Glitters:- There was a time when I was in a “glitter eye makeup” phase, I was looking for glitter eye shadows all over the internet. There is a dearth of good-quality glitters in India and so when I finally came across this brand, I was super elated. Many of my fellow beauty bloggers were raving about these glitter monos. I even consulted with few of them before jumping into the bandwagon, and everybody had only good things to say. Priced at 110 each, I bought around 8 pieces and what duds the glitter eye shadows are. The creamy texture doesn’t really have a decent finish and the glitters move all over your eye lid, crease, brow bone and eventually to your entire face creating havoc. Your face will end up looking like a disco ball. I know they are really cheap, but for such a dud of a product, I don’t even want to spend a penny. These are good if you are using them mere for blogging purposes; otherwise don’t even think of wearing them out of your house.
I was so excited to try one from the range, especially “Split”. I got it, wore it and …. . It looks so gorgeous when you apply, you just start to admire and that’s when the euphoric feeling evaporates and you are left with horrible looking, patchy lips. It looks terrible and so embarrassing. Even at $6 a piece I wouldn't risk buying any other shades. Split truly 'splits'' :P
Colorbar Lash Illusion Duo Mascara:- This clumps galore and made my lashes fall. I have never faced such issues with any of my mascaras before. I got so paranoid. But later I thought may be something was wrong that day, so tried a couple of times more, but to my disappointment, the results were same each time. I can lose hundreds of hair each day and still stay calm, but I can’t really afford to lose my lashes like that. It breaks my heart! And this is enough of a reason to not use this mascara again in my life. I would have been okay with the clump and flakes, but not with this.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Cool BB Cream Available in only one cool shade, which neither suits fair skin nor suits dusky skinned beauties. Maybe someone with medium toned skin tone will find it apt. I don’t know if it is the shade or the texture that makes me hate this product more. The shade is dark for me and makes me look dull. The texture though is smooth and glides on easily, but takes forever to sink into your skin. Plus, no SPF.
MAC Atlantic Blue eye shadow Love the color, but the texture is such a turnoff. It is no doubt very soft and smooth to touch, but once you try to transfer the product on your lids, it feels chalky and vanishes in no time. Blending is very difficult and frustrating. It has no color payoff. I mean I don’t know where it vanishes every freaking time. I always look to MAC for shadows, but Atlantic blue fell short for me.
The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo:- I got disappointed each time I used this product. I hoped that "rainforest moisture" will moisturize my hair, but no, it didn’t. Moreover, I feel that this shampoo is way too gentle for my hair; it doesn't clear all the junk out of my hair like other shampoos. I need a lot to lather it up and also I did have a very hard time evenly distributing it on my hair. I have tried using in small quantities multiple times. But it only lathers well after 2-3 applications. In any case, I just end up using quite a lot of the product. Also, not every day we have time and patience to shampoo hair 3-4 times. I really hate bashing products, especially when it is from a brand I so love; but I am sorry TBS, this really didn’t work for me. To top it all, this is pricey. I don’t mind paying for products that actually work; but this price is ridiculous for a product that doesn't deliver too much.
Moroccan Oil Treatment It did nothing that wowed me. Whatever happiness it gave me by adding the shine and softness to my hair went down the drain after I saw the ingredient list, silicons, silicons and many other chemicals. This product doesn’t repair or help the hair in the long run. For that amount of money I expect some bona fide miracle in a bottle, and this is not. I would rather go for pure Argan oil that would at least rescue and repair my hair. This is indeed a hyped product.
VLCC Snigdha Skin Whitening Day Cream I hate anything that says “skin whitening” “fairness” etc. I have seen people’s obsession with fairness and ‘white skin’ since childhood and still don’t understand why the labels state that fairness of skin equates to loveliness of personality. This says “skin whitening”, has the typical fairness-cream texture that I loathe, takes effort to blend, takes time to get absorbed into skin, makes skin sweat like crazy and no effect on dark spots and pimple marks even after using it for over 2 months and also contains Parabens. I don’t see why I would still be using it or would repurchase it.
So, that’s it. These are the products that disappointed me to the core. I am sure you have your list of downers too. Let us know in the comment section below.
Lastly, Wishing you all a very very happy and prosperous New Year. Today, don't pray for life to be easy. Pray for the strength (mental, physical and spiritual) to get you through a difficult moment and make you a stronger, renewed and wiser version of YOU. Pray for answers to your questions and solutions to your problems. And always know that the life experiences you are dealt are for a reason. Nothing in life happens just because. Live in the now and enjoy every second of every moment both good and bad. End the year on a high note and get yourself ready for 2018.
2017 has come to an end, but WOW...what an absolutely mind blowing and amazing year it has been. From finally been able to turn my passion into profession to travelling to beautiful places on earth; I have seen and experienced some of the most incredible things. For me personally, it has been a year of many triumphs and not so many defeats; a year where I learned the true color and substance of those around me and where I removed toxicity from my life, a year where I learned my true physical, mental and emotional strength. And a year where I lived, loved and laughed surrounded by my family and friends. I think I am the luckiest person alive to have been blessed with an amazing husband, incredible family, awesome friends, a fantastic job and work mates that are more like family than colleagues and with this in mind there is absolutely no doubt that 2018 is going to bring more awesomeness.
With all the memorable moments, 2017 has given me opportunities to try a lot of new products which I simply love and also the year has cemented my love for already favourite products which I am loving since years. So, on today’s post I am going to share with you all a list of my favourite products that I used in 2017 and would love to take them to 2018 as well.
KRYOLAN 12 COLORS DERMACOLOR CAMOUFLAGE CREME PALETTE This is my holy grail product. This is an all in one pallet. From using it as a foundation to correcting and concealing, from cream highlighting to contouring, you can do every possible “base makeup” thing with this pallet. Smooth, creamy texture, dewy matte finish, insanely pigmented and long staying, what else to want from a product?
LIQUID FOUNDATIONS:- The reason why I just can’t name a single one is I am equally in love with these beauties. The cult favourite MAC Studio Fix, Sephora Hydrating foundation and the newly launched in India Wet n Wild Photofocus foundation.
SUGAR COSMETICS BB CREAM and COMPACT:- I am pretty much liking this duo recently. Good products and great for everyday use.
COLOURPOP FLEXITARIAN HIGHLIGHTER:- A gem from Colourpop. Aesthetically pleasing. This highlighter is the best highlighter I have ever used and can give big brands a run for money. After application you can immediately see how radiant your face looks.
BEN NYE FASHION ROUGE PRESSED COLOR PALETTE The palette offers a striking display of color. Silky texture, richly pigmented and long staying. You can choose from soft, natural shades for subtle flushed look, or bright and bold for night outs, parties, and fashion or avant garde designs. This will have you glowing.
SIVANNA SHIMMER BRICKS:- Shimmer Brick comes in a range of color combinations including pinks, rose, coral, champagne, golden, copper and bronze bases. Imparting a soft glow, shimmer bricks are ideal for creating glowing from within cheeks and also for accentuating your eyes.
MORPHE EYE SHADOW PALLET IN 35R and 35B:- These eye shadow palettes are amazing and the quality is well worth the investment. The 35R is such a regal looking palette. Being a gold and brown eye shadow lover, this pallet is absolutely love for me.
The 35B consists of wild and bright colours; from yellow, orange, pink, purple to blue, green, red and black. Both the palettes are mixtures of shimmer and matte colours.
MASCARAS:- Again two of them, my Holy Grail products. I can’t live without mascaras and L'Oreal Million LashesandBenefit They're Real, these two are my ultimate favourites. I have lost count how many times I have actually bought them. I see using these beauties again and again and forever.
KAJALS and EYELINERS:- For Kajals I would stick to my favourite Faces Long Wear Kajal Pencil in Solid Blackand for liquid eye liners I am sticking to LakmeInsta Linersince time immemorial and can really never part with it. Can buy another bottle of Colorbar Liquid Liner as well. For gel liner, yay to the Maybelline one.
LIPSTICKS:- Well, I am a lipstick hoarder and it is very difficult to say which ones I will still be using in 2018. MAC Mehr and MAC Ruby Woo are two shades I can’t imagine my life without. Colourpop Liquid lipsticks and lippie stixs and few of Sugar Cosmetics babies have won my heart and I would love to use them in 2018 as well. The Colorpop Liquid lippiesand Lippie Stixs, I have been using them crazily. Tons of shades to choose from and quality is amazing too.
THE BODY SHOP BRAZIL NUT DEFINE and NO FRIZZ:- I have very dry and frizzy hair and this is my saviour. I am going to use it until I find something better.
BOROLINE:- Last, but not the least, good old Boroline. I can survive a day without food, but not without Boroline. Do I need to say anything more?
So that is it. These are my favourites and I am going to repurchase them until I find something better. What is your 2017 favourite makeup and skincare product? Let us know in the comment section below... J
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