Hi!  My Dear Readers J

Holi is around the corner (any approaching festival gets me really excited) and I was thinking of putting together a special makeup look for the Day.  While thinking of the interplay of colors that I would be using to get that look, the word Holi suddenly got me thinking of an Eyeshadow palette that I bought a few years ago around Holi time. Immediately I digged into my eyeshadow drawer and found the bright red bejewelled palatte lying oh so silently in one corner. (Oh! Big sigh of Relief!)

This Eyeshadow palette was a limited edition palette which was part of the 2008 H0LIDAY COLLECTION from Mac Cosmetics. Mac releases its HOLIDAY COLLECTION every year during Christmas Time (Holiday season) and this collection is to watch out for. It has some really unique colors and packaging ideas.

I had totally forgot about this palette and decided that since there were a few more days for Holi to come, I`d rather do a makeup look using colors from this palette and show it some respect. (All my makeup items are very much loved and respected by me since they have the power to make me look and feel like a princess!)


Its called “INTRIGUING SCARLET: 6 WARM EYES” and this is how it looks like :

A red metallic compact with six pans of shadow and a 213SE (Special Edition) Eyeshadow Brush. A full size mirror under the lid. The only inconvenient about the packaging is that the lid is loose when it opens up, so i cannot hold the case looking at the mirror and do my make up when I`m on the move.

It mainly has warmer shades which varied finishes. The shades included in this palette are named as:

·         Sweet Joy (Frost) - Frosted pale cream

·         Warm Suede (Veluxe Pearl) - Frosty antique bronzy golden olive

·         Well Spiced (Satin) - “Frosted warm peachy caramel brown” - looks more orange in the pan than on the skin

·         Gentle Heat (Satin) - Light muted grey taupe a very slight greyish cast, more matte than satin

·         Real Drama (Satin) - Dirty burgundy  plum-wine with slight red pearl

·         Grand Entrance (Satin) - Dirty deep dark green with very slight green pearl

The colors in this palette look much better on the skin than just looking at them in the palette :) I would definitely recommend this to anyone who usually does brown smokey eyes and neutral looks. It was a limited edition palette but MAC comes out with similar warm eye palettes every now and then so definitely keep an eye for those if you are into neutral looks.


To achieve this eye look I used an interplay of all the 6 colors in this palette

Needless to say I started with a base first. Using an eyeshadow base helps bring out the true identity of the eyeshadow colors. It makes the shadow stay on longer and remain brighter. It also helps in disguising any redness of the eyelids and any veins that can be seen through.  I used the Oriflame Duo Liquid Concealer as the base.

Then I applied the Sweet Joy in the inner corner and dragged it till the center part of my upper eyelid.

Then I took Well Spiced in the crease and outer-V of my eye.

Then I APPLIED Warm Suede all over my lid with a light hand.

Then I took a mixture of both the darker colors and placed them in the outer corner of my eye and blended it there.

Then applied the dark eyeshadow mixture  to the lower lashline starting from outer corner and stopping halfway through.

After curling my eyelashes I Applied two coats of maybelline colossal mascara.

I think this look is great to wear with various colored outfits, especially our Indian sarees and Salwar- kurtas and the Kurtis . U can use any brand eyeshadow to achive a similar look but ofcourse the shades should be somewhat similar to the ones in this palatte.

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They say that don’t let the world know when you are too happy coz then the world looks back at you with an ulterio motive and they also say that don’t let the world know when you are too sad coz then the world doesn’t take too long to hit your spore spot.

So that’s why we need to CONCEAL, CONCEAL and CONCEAL !!!

On a serious note MAYBELLINE New York DREAM LUMI touche  HIGHLIGHTING CONCEALER is a boon for us all. Atleast for me for sure.

It comes in a handy pen design with an in-built brush at the tip and a lid for protecting it from the dirt and grime.

The product is contained within the body of the concealer pen.

Its hind end is twistable and it pushes the product out from the brush-tip end.

It is available in three shades….IVORY (For very light complexions), BUFF (For medium skinned), and HONEY (For darker skinned) chicas.

I usually apply the product on the back of my clean hand ad dab the product onto the area I wanna conceal. This gives a thin layer of coverage.  Occassionally, I take the oozing droplet on the brush-tip of the concealer pen and place it directly onto any skin imperfections that I wanna conceal when I wanna heavier coverage. And I`m done. Its that easy.

The product easily gets blended onto the skin and also stays put until the wee hours of the day. I noticed that here wasn`t any need of touching it up at all. It wasn`t sticky at all, infact felt quite velvety to the touch.
But just a teeny tiny disadvantage is that the product gets smeared  inside the cap/lid on closing it in a hurry. That`s all. Overall....love this product. Will definitely buy it again.

Product Name: Maybelline New York Dream Lumi touche Highlighting Concealer

Product Type: Liquid Concealer

Availability : All Maybelline Counters, Online Cosmetic Shopping Sites

Product Packaging : Plastic twistable pen design with built-in brush tip

Quantity : 0.05 FL OZ

Price : Rs 450/-

Color : Three skin colored shades : IVORY, BUFF, HONEY

Texture :  Thick velvetty smooth liquid

Smell : Smells like a Compact Powder

Usage : Anytime you wanna conceal imperfections

Effect : Conceals and evens out the skin imperfections to match with the rest of the face

Side - Effect : Haven’t really noticed any.

Overall Satisfaction : 95%

Hello My Dear Readers,

The changing season has brought about a change in my skincare routine also.

We are moving onto the breezy bright sunny warm days of the springtime from the cold chilly days of the wintertime.

 My skin has started to get more oily as the days are progressing. Oily skin acquires more dust and grime especially if one is out during a windy day.  

So, besides the basic cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine I like to include a deep cleaning regime in my skincare routine twice a week to get rid of any deep seated impurities within my pores. For this purpose I use a face mask.

I recently bought the NEEM TULSI MUD PACK from FABINDIA.

 It comes in a plastic jar or a tub which costs RS. 225/- . There is 100 ml of product within the tub. The packaging is sober and decently attractive.

The product looks and feels like liquid mud and even smells like wet mud with a mild calming Tulsi fragrance although the Neem I’m not sure if I can really smell.

 I apply the pack with my fingers and lie down and let the product absorb all the gunk from my pores for atleast 15 minutes.

The pack feels cool on the skin and my skin feels smooth and toned when I wash off the pack.

One downside I felt was after washing off the pack my facial skin was left slightly reddish especially on my T-Zone. This could be due to the Neem extract or Tulsi oil present in the pack which probably caused the tingling sensation when the pack wass on the skin although they (the legend on the pack) claim that the Tulsi oil helps soothe the skin. But don’t quote me on this guys.
On the whole I feel the product does a good job by giving my facial skin a deep cleaning spa treatment sort of an effect. Sounds Luxurious J
 It has even been effective in keeping my skin away from the zits and pimples over the past few weeks. Must give this face pack some credit. I`m not saying I will or will not purchase it again but I would definitely be trying out other  face packs from Fabindia for sure since I do happen to be impressed with this product so far.

Product Name: Fabindia Neem Tulsi Mud Pack

Product Type : Face Pack

Availability : Fabindia Outlets, Online Cosmetic Shopping Sites

Product Packaging : Plastic Jar / Tub

Quantity : 100 ml

Price : Rs 225/-

Color : Mud colored

Texture :  Smooth wet mud-like with interspersed Neem and Tulsi leaf flecks

Smell : Mild Earthy Fragrance

Usage : 1-2 times /week on clean towel-dried face

Effect : Deep cleaning of facial pores, Skin toning, Skin soothing, Refining skin texture.

Side- Effect : Slight tingling of the skin, Slight redness of face.

Overall Satisfaction : 90%