I EXPRESS – BEAUTY BOX 3 & 4

Helloooo Beautiful people out there!!!  I hope all is well with everyone in the drawers and the wardrobes and the soul within… I am back again with another ‘I Express’ post on the BirchBox beauty boxes. I know I am few months late on expressing my feelings, but let’s face it ‘I get distracted very easily with the shine and glitter and the sitcoms..’ 😉 So without any further ado, here we go ….

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May and June month beauty boxes came with the products in a huge range.. It had products for skincare, hair care and makeup covering almost all areas of my beauty regime. Let me start with hair care products..

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LOVE Smoothing Shampoo :  First of all, loved the name.. 🙂 Now moving on, after my first wash I was happy about it but with regular usage I felt more hair fall during the wash. Once the hair dries it leaves a smooth texture and does not frizz. I do not like the wet hair texture immediately after the wash, its kind of clammy. It does not have any prominent fragrance so that’s a bummer for me. So for me this shampoo is a Nah:(  It’s 2/5.

LOVE Smoothing Conditioner : I am not a hair conditioner person. I usually just shampoo my hair and am good to go. But to get rid of that clammy after effect of the Love Shampoo, I had to use this conditioner and it was not bad. My hair felt creamy and frizz proof.  The shine on the hair was noticeable. There is no amazing frangrancooooo… It’s 3/5 for me.

A suggestion for my fellow bloggers, if you plan to give this shampoo a try, please make sure to get this conditioner as well. Together they form a great team and I would give them 4/5 as a team…

Links to buy these products from Birchbox are here : Davines LOVE Smoothing Conditioner | Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo

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Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer : A very very very hyped product and I had been wanting to try this for a very long time now. I must say I am NOT that impressed. I was expecting a lot out of this one. Let me start with some Pros – Texture is super pigmented, creamy and very easy to apply. It a beautiful matte. Sample product came with a good amount of it. Personally, I love this color. Cons – I do love the color but it is not that notable. When I swatch it, I can see a beautiful shade but when I start applying it, I don’t see much until I get on to it 😉 .. So for me it’s 3/5.

Link to buy this product from Birchbox is here :  Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer

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ModelCo Lip Lacquer – Creme Brulee : Here comes my internet knowledge base 😉 and it states that a lip lacquer does not contain wax like a lipstick and is not that long-lasting. This ModelCo lip lacquer claims to be long-lasting but aaaaa it does not stay for that long 😀 It is definitely very creamy which made the process of application a little difficult. The color was a little too much for me and hence I couldn’t dare to wear it alone. I combined it with lip stain from Stainiac and it worked amazing. Color toned down a lot and gave a very beautiful peachy pink color. Since I can combine this Lacquer with other lip products to come up with beautiful colors, I would give it a 3/5.

Please refer to my first ‘I Express’ post – BEAUTY BOX ONE – ‘I EXPRESS’ (A REVIEW)  to know about my experience with this Lip stain from Stainiac.

Link to buy this product from Birchbox is here :  ModelCo Lip Lacquer Trio

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COOLA SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray : This is a very good setting spray. Its matte-finish and weightless as it claims. Sets the makeup effectively for an entire day at work. The formula has Green Tea & Aloe which keeps the skin hydrated. Also, it provides organic sun care with broad spectrum SPF30. It’s a 4/5 for me.

Link to buy this product from Birchbox is here :   COOLA® SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray

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CLEAN Blossom Eau de Parfum : This is the last and my favorite product of May box 🙂 Seriously guys this is one  of the most beautiful fragrance that I have come across. It is so fresh and beautiful like soul of Spring.  Loved it and definitely going to buy a full size. It’s a 5/5 for me.

Link to buy this product from Birchbox is here :   CLEAN Blossom Eau de Parfum

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Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel -5 Deep : Wow. This product is just so awesome. Let’s start with the applicator which has a precision tip for shaping and makes applying this product very easy. The formula is very natural and does not give a very dramatic look like pencils. I love the way it makes the brows look fuller and natural at the same time. It is water-resistant so a big Yay! It stays on you until you wipe it off. For me, it’s a 5/5.

Link to buy this product from Birchbox is here :   Benefit gimme brow volumizing fiber gel

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Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow : Okay so I am a big fan of BB creams & I was super excited to try this one and trust me, this is amazing. Gives that beautiful golden glow without looking over the top. It sets very smoothly and stays for long. Matte look. It claims to mask imperfection which it true as it gives a smooth finish but like any other BB cream it only provides a mild to medium coverage. So far, I am loving it. It’s a 5/5.

Link to buy this product from Birchbox is here :   Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow

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Balance Me Congested Skin Serum : Well this skin serum sure do smell soothing. It has a sweet smell which somehow reminds me of Cinnamon 😉 It is a good formula and treats skin really well. With constant use, you would see some improvement in the skin like reduced spots & blocked pores but I doubt its an instant resolution to blemishes as it claims.  For me, it’s 2/5 for now.

Link to buy this product from Birchbox is here :   Balance Me Congested Skin Serum

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Lavanila The Healthy Sunscreen Sport Luxe Face & Body Cream SPF 30 : This one has a mildly thick formula and works really well. It does not wear off with sweat and is water resistant (40 minutes). It is a double shield which works against sun and also helps to cool off the irritated skin. Works well for me. It’s a 3/5 for me.

Link to buy this product from Birchbox is here : Lavanila The Healthy Sunscreen Sport Luxe

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Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator – Gilded Honey : Now this is a cult favorite. When you look at it first, it looks a soft creamy product but when you glide your finger on it, it is actually like powder which is hardened in swirls. When you pick the product on your brush or finger, it is very creamy and pigmented. One thing I learnt very quick about this illuminator is that ‘little goes a long way’. It gives a beautiful golden honey highlight but be very careful while using it as it is really very lit. For me, it’s a 4/5.

Link to buy this product from Birchbox is here :    Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

That’s my ‘I express’ for today!! I hope you will get some ideas with my experience of the above products. If you have any further queries, please feel free to leave a question below.

Thank You all for stopping by.. Have an amazing weekend ahead.

Love

S

I EXPRESS – BEAUTY BOX 2

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Helloooo there!! I hope everyone is doing great and shining…and yupp I am still alive and trying to keep up with my short term goals of keeping up with my backlogs on the post front hihi. This is an ‘I express’ post on the products I received in April Birchbox which had more skin care items than makeup which I looooooooooved.. Okay, so let’s quickly get to it..

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amika Un. Done Texture Spray. PROS – Amazing scent. It smells like an amazing springy perfume with flowery touch and its like spa on head. Definitely, does not stiffen my hair like any other hair spray and keeps it normal and natural. I adore the packaging. CONS – It does not give that insane volume to my hair as it claims. Also, I did not experience the ‘loads of shine’. There is nothing known as effortless to this one as a little of it would not work and a lot of it would leave your hair really unhealthy the next day. It doesn’t work for my hair texture which is thick and short. It’s a 1/5 for me.

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Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm. It’s a bonus product. Yay! All PROS, No CONS. I love it. I love it. I love it. This works exactly as it states. It gives a very natural look with the right amount of tint. Nothing dramatic. I am all Ga Ga about it. The color is a sweet violet which I had never tried in any lip balms and I am glad I got to try it. Beautiful color, lil tinted, natural look, moisturizes well, don’t have to re-apply every 10 minutes. This is all the qualities I need in a lip balm. I give it 5/5.

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TOCCA Crema da Mano -Giulietta. I like this brand’s name ‘TOCCA’. I am a big fan of hand creams and this sample is the right size to keep in my bag for daily outings 🙂 It does it’s job well. Keeps my hand smooth and moisturized. There is nothing wrong with it but still it does not have that waaaaow factor for me to order the full size. For me, this product is a 3/5.

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VASANTI BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator. PROS – The sample size is good enough to last a month since I do not exfoliate daily. Smells good and that’s it. CONS – I consider my skin to be sensitive to chemicals but not baby soft. The exfoliating agents i.e. those small beads that scrubs the skin were so hard on my skin that it actually felt like massaging my face with coarse sand. After effect was also not that great for me. It didn’t clean my face and I could still feel the oil on my skin intact. I had to wash my face again with my daily face wash. So in conclusion, it didn’t work on my skin but might work for others. For me, it’s a 1/5. I am scared to use it again 😀

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W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara. I am a big time Mascara girl. I love eye makeup and the best part of it for me is the lashes. Even on those no makeup days, I definitely do my lashes. That’s my unstoppable feeling for this makeup item and now moving on to the ‘I express’ of this product 😉 PROS – Best part is that its no chemicals or dyes so here is a big YAY. It gives a very natural look to the eyes. It’s wand’s design helps to easily separate the lashes without any stickiness around. Final look is very clean. It is very easy to apply, no clumps and very very easy to remove. CONS – Only drawback with this mascara is that you cannot go very dramatic with it. Even with two coats of the formula, you will still get very naturally looking eyes. So, with it in your mascara drawer, you will definitely need a dramatic mascara for those crazy night outs :D.. I would give this a 4/5.

Links to buy these products from Birchbox are here : amika Un.Done Texture Spray | Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm | TOCCA Crema da Mano – Hand Cream | Vasanti® BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator | W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara

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That’s my ‘I express’ for today!! I hope you will get some ideas with my experience of the above products. If you have any further queries, please feel free to leave a question below. I would love to/try to answer your questions..

Thank You all for stopping by.. Have an amazing week ahead.

Love

S

That’s all the nail coloring I own :)

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Hello Lovelies.. Welcome to the post of hacks and being a Scrooge. I believe in purchasing when I am out of the item.. I do not believe in over stuffing my cabinets 🙂 Well, few of the reasons are I have less space to store, I don’t like clutter, I don’t like stuff lying around unused, and I try to save the haaaaard earned cash 😀 So this is all the nail colors I have and more than half of them are gifted 😉

You see the Maybelline Color Show Nail paints above. My then-Fiance and now-Husband had packed those along with my other gifts on my birthday in year 2014 and I still have these 😉 They were so beautiful. So of course after so many years of using them they were almost done.. Hack #1 I love the colors so much that I used to add nail paint remover, shake them well and use them again. I actually survived on them with this hack for a long extended period of time 😉 But after so many years of ceaseless exploitation of these, they were ought to get ever with evidences of some remains lying in the bottom of the bottle. I had made up my heart and mind to get rid of them this time. Yup. All set.

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And then I bought L’Oreal nail color in Peaceful Pink. I loved the beautiful pink from outside but it didn’t go well with my skin color. It was overwhelming. Also, I felt it was difficult to apply as it was too watery for one coat and lil thick for multiple coats. Confusing! Well, then came hack #2. I mixed this to Orange Color Show and got an amazing color but it was still lighter for my skin so I mixed a drop or two of red nail color and I got beautiful shimmery peachy pink. Also I mixed the L’Oreal peaceful pink to my Hooked-on-Pink Color Show and I got more Nail color. This one was not so different from the original, but still the amount increased and I could make use of the Peaceful Pink.

Pinky Finger – Combination of L’Oreal Peaceful Pink + Orange from Color Show Maybelline + Red color from Pop Arazzi | Ring Finger – L’Oreal Peaceful Pink | Middle one – Combination of Peaceful Pink + Hooked-on-Pink from Color Show Maybelline | Index Finger – Combination of L’Oreal Peaceful Pink + Orange from Color Show Maybelline

I also have some Hot designs Nail art stuff which I got as a return gift in one my friend’s kid’s party 🙂 .. I use them sometime and they are super fun to play with.. Hopefully some day I will share my not-so-amazing creativity with you all…

How long does your nail colors survive in your cabinet? Do you guys try such hacks to your extincting nail colors? Please share your color combinations..and hope you guys enjoyed the not so informative post 😉 xoxo..

Love

S…

Beauty Box One – ‘I Express’ (a review)

Hello my blogger friends.. How are you all doing? Here, it has been crazy with all the rains and the storm.. Flash flood situation, I barely went out this week. We saw sunshine today after so many days. I hope weather will be better now and the condition will improve. Fingers crossed…

So this is long lost post for the review of products I received in my beauty box from Birchbox. But before I start, let me tell you something, well.. I am not a big makeup expert or guru 😀 I know a little bit about the basics and what goes where 😉 In my teen years I was never into makeup or any sort of styling.. Also, I guess I have always been more into the art of fruits and vegs to keep the skin glowy but I didn’t succeed in that either 😉 Very recently I started this liking towards the makeup thingies and I am really interested to learn more. I keep on browsing different blogs and vlogs to learn the technique to apply stuff right on my face.. Now since the beauty box sends skin care products along with makeup items, I guess I should be fine to express my feelings about the same. Having said all this, let’s dive in…

My March month box had the collection of makeup, skincare and hair-care products scooched in.. Let me start with the Skin care first.

Sonic Radiance AM Skin Illuminating Cleanser from Clarisonic was stated to brighten the dark spots, even tone and transform skin for a more radiant complexion.  I know any cleanser would not show result in a single wash so I gave it a week. Must say a little of this cleansing formula goes a long way. It smells really good. It does remove oil and dirt on the surface of the skin leaving it clean and radiating for a while. But it leaves skin really dry (and I have oily skin type) & feeling stretchy and that’s the only low point. I would give it a 3 out of 5.

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Stainiac – Beauty Queen from theBalm cosmetics is a best selling stain and can be applied on cheeks or lips for that sheer, rosy tint. Using this on cheek was way tricky then I thought. It does give a natural look but you need to be really quick and not let it dry before you spread it out on the cheek. A dot on the cheek and quickly blend it. It looks beautiful and cheek looks naturally blushed. On the lips, it was easier to apply. Just sweep on the lips and it gives a very natural color, but it didn’t stay for a long time with me as I eat my lip products. You might do a good job with it 🙂 I would give it a 4/5.

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Next is this amazing clarifying shampoo from Number4. O my god.. The fragrance of this thing is so so so amazing. The moment i hit the press button on the top of this bottle, the burst of that pure scent took me to a different place. Yes, pure is the correct word. It was so soothing and relaxing, I just cant express in words. As good as it smells, its cleansing formula works the same way. It gives very less lather but still works awesome, does not take away all moisture from the hair and scalp. Again a little goes a long way. Leaves hair shiny and smelling awesome. Add on, it can also be used as a body wash. I would give it a 5/5.

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Color & Smudge Shadow Crayon in Aspen Pine from treStique is the kind of product I had never tried before and I would love to try these type of makeup items. This was my first time using a Crayon shadow and I was really excited, only problem, I didn’t read it or skipped it somehow that it’s an eye shadow. So….I applied it as an  eye pencil to fill the waterline of my eye. Don’t worry nothing bad happened, but something amazing happened. Usually my waterline eye liner just smudges away after an hour or so of application but this one didn’t. It stay put the same way entire day and I was so happy. Later I realized, while showing it my friend, that it’s an eye shadow and immediately I started googling any side effects of using shadow on eye waterline, and I was safe 🙂 Just make sure that you don’t apply it inside the waterline, just on the outer crease. This is well pigmented and creamy and even the sample is good enough for atleast a month even if used daily. It does stay put for entire day and color is amazing with smooth finish. Looks even more beautiful as an eye shadow 😉 I would give this a 5/5.

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Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads from Wilma Schumann Skin Care. This is one item out of all in this beauty box that didn’t impress me a lot. It says it hydrates and pumps skin around your eyes for a bright, youthful look. I used it as stated in the pack and I didn’t see any difference. May be coz you cannot see the difference in one application. Well I am not sure 🙂 So when I opened the pack, a beautiful rose fragrance filled my nostrils and it reminded me of rose water, in fact, it smelled exactly like rose water. This took me back to the college days, when we used to make eye patches with cotton soaked in rose water for our eye relaxation routine 😉 Well, these eye pads are to be applied beneath the eyes. Nothing much happened later but I did feel soothing and cool beneath my eyes. May be, a little more relaxed but no visible changes. I would give it a 2/5.

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So this was my first beauty/makeup/hair/skin/blah blah product review ever… Aaaa I would say I enjoyed writing this post.. I hope this is helpful to you all!

Links to buy these products from Birchbox are here :  Clarisonic Cleanser | theBalm-Stainiac |  Clarifying Shampoo |  Eye Shadow Crayon | Collagen eye pads

Take care!

Love

S…

 

My friend’s fetish for Coconut

Hello beautiful people.. How are you all doing?? So today I thought that we should talk about something beautyishly helpful today.. 😀 Let me share with you some of the intellect of my good friend A. The other day we were coming back from our weekly grocery shopping. Indulged in our usual discussion about upcoming family events, friends, food, I am not sure how we ended up talking about coconuts. She is such in love with this fruit. She uses it and its byproduct for almost everything. And than, began the never ending list of how useful Mr. Hard-shell but soft from inside is… I thought to share some Coconut knowledge with my blogger friends and help you all to decide yourself if you want to add one more home product to you beauty regime.

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So A’s cooking is done mostly with coconut oil, of which she was not that fond of but when she got to know about all the goodness and awesomeness it showers, she decided to give it a try and that my dear friend was the turning point to no turning back. Coconut oil in cooking has been adopted by many big celebrities as it helps in achieving that glowing skin and weight loss. Also, if you apply coconut oil to your skin as a massage oil in little amount regularly, it will transform your skin texture to smooth and even, with added glow.

CO also serves as an amazing natural primer if used in a very little quantity, just a little drop would do.. Apply it evenly all over your face and you will immediately  see pores hiding away and even texture. It also holds your foundation for a longer time. But make sure you use very very small amount, else it will leave your skin oily and you definitely don’t want that 🙂

It can be used as an eye makeup remover. It is much soft and gentle on skin as compared to other makeup removers. And also it is natural & organic hence no chemicals going into your eye.. It itself works as a great tanning oil as well.

Who has not experienced that feeling of being flushed out of energy and head bursting with pain? You all understand what I am talking about right? Coconut oil has cure for that as well. Yay! So take a little CO and add a drop or two of peppermint oil. Massage your head with this mixture and you will feel relieved of that excruciating pain within minutes. You will feel relaxed and will fall more in love with CO..

CO can also be used to keep your teeth white and gums healthy 😀 Take a spoon full of CO and put it your mouth for 10 minutes. Doing this regularly will result for sure in sparkling white teeth and healthy gums.

Coconut water is very good for healthy stomach and drinking it regularly results in healthy skin.

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Most important use of all times is in sweets 😀 I know it is no where related to beauty but don’t we all agree that beauty lies within. So if you are happy than your skin will glow automatically for sure.. Coconut sweets are so yum and can bring smile to anyone’s face. You can use grated coconut to make sweets and treat yourself a bit for all the hard work you do!

You rock gurl!

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Love

S…

PS : All the pictures above are courtesy pixabay .

 

Story behind my first Birchbox – March 2016

YAY! I received my first Birchbox…

Yes, as with everything else, there is a story here as well.. 😉  Going through my inbox I read an email with the subject line ‘Your March Box Has shipped’. This was March 5th 2016 and these words made me so happy. I was eagerly waiting for my first beauty box and it was finally shipped via Newgistics. Wohooo.. So email said that the shipping information will be updated within 48 hours of shipment. After waiting for two days, I clicked on the tab which had the golden words inscribed ‘TRACK YOUR BOX’. It took me to another page and showed me a page with no tracking details 😦

 

I was not so happy to see this. But then I thought let’s wait for couple more days. I kept on checking the tab and it just redirected me to this page. Since this tab was not helping me anywhere, I sent an email  to Birchbox zendesk stating that I am unable to track my beauty box 😦 . I got an instant reply stating that my request has been received and someone will contact me shortly.

After sometime, I got a reply from Joe, Birchbox Discovery specialist apologizing for the non-traceable box and provided me a tracking information link which took me to USPS website which showed that box has been delivered. In the end, he wrote ‘But don’t worry! I’ve requested for a new box to be shipped.’. With all the confusion of shipping and delivery I was little weared out, but these words did cheer me up 🙂

After couple of days, I got another email with the subject line ‘Your Replacement Has Shipped!’ along with the tracking number. This time I knew where to track this tracking number. I opened the USPS tracking link and checked the shipment status there. And finally I received my First BirchBox Beauty box on March 21st 2016. So this is the story of How I got my First Beauty Box 😀

 

Delivery system Pros : Quick answer to the queries. Replacement shipment is fast.

Delivery system Cons : Link provided for tracking leads to a page which never updates the tracking information. It is better to let the customer know to search for shipment information in USPS tracking link with the provided tracking number or provide working link.

I hope this information will be useful for the Birchbox newbies like me..

Until next time..

—–xoxo—–

The Beauty Blogger Tag

 

Hello Everyone!!

This post has been delayed as I was suffering from a blocker that made me a couch potato but also helped me to recharge myself.  Around a week back I was nominated to do the Beauty Blogger Tag by the lovely Aditi. (Thank Youuuu!!) She blogs about beauty, lifestyle and home. Click here to check out her blog. You will love her blog as much as I do..

The Rules for this Tag:

Tag the blogger that nominated you
Answer the questions you were given
Nominate 10 bloggers whose blog is about beauty/lifestyle/fashion
Name 10 questions for your nominees to answer
Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them

Here are my answers to Aditi’s questions :

Have you ever done yoga and did you like it? – Yep. Once. Last year in the course to achieve good skin and healthy body, Yoga was one of the many things I did lay my hands on 😀 No surprises there, I couldn’t keep up with the whole discipline and walked ahead trying many more things.. But Yeah, I did like it.

What products do you splurge on? – I splurge on eye makeup specially eye liner. I love eye makeup but one main reason for my splurging is that I am on this spree to find one single eye liner that would stay put all day and do not smudge. Tried so many, but my search is still on!

What products do you save on? – I do not apply full-on makeup daily so  I don’t have to buy my base makeup a lot. Using blush or bronzer over my moisturizer is almost my daily face. Also I am hoping to save more on the other knick-knack as I have recently subscribed to BirchBox beauty box, so fingers crossed!

What is your best tip for perfect makeup? – Trick is to keep it clean. For beginners like myself, one very simple makeup tip is to apply a lot of gloss and kajal. Do not forget to add that dab of blush.

which is the best hack that u used till date? – I am not sure if I would say it the best but yeah it saved me the day. Using my favorite pink lip gloss as eye shadow when I was out of shimmer eye shadow 😉

Do u prefer falsies or the natural lashes and why? – Occasional lover of falsies. I adore eye makeup and hence the love for falsies is natural 😀 .. It gives a new definition to eye and enhances the whole look. Pictures come out real awesome!

What is your favorite foundation? – M·A·C ‘Matchmaster’ Foundation SPF 15

While makeup, what do u highlight the most on your face? – Eyes and Lips. No particular reason though.

What is your favorite BRAND FOR MAKEUP? – I have not yet laid my heart on one makeup brand, but I do love products from M·A·C and Mary Kay.

What is your favorite destination for makeup splurge? – Sephora

 

My 10 questions to my nominees are :

Why did you start blogging?
Top 3 things on your bucket list?
Top tips for blogging photography?
How often do you wear make up?
Favorite lipstick?
Favorite Eye Liner/Pencil brand?
Favorite blush color and brand?
Which part of your beauty regimen do you NEVER miss?
Current beauty obsession?
What is your holy grail skincare product?

I would like to nominate :

  1. voguishlychic
  2. glamorous-etoiles
  3. prettypinkroses
  4. bittersweetxbeauty
  5. poresforthought
  6. cozyfashionist
  7. lovelaceandlouboutins
  8. mysteriousbeauties
  9. onlinebeautyfinds
  10. thefashionsaint

I hope you will enjoy answering my questions.. 🙂

——-xoxo——–

Birchbox!

Recently I became a subscriber of Birchbox monthly beauty box and I must say I am in love with the entire concept. I have recently become a fan of makeup, yeah’better late than never” 😉 . Since my love began to flourish, I subscribed to Ingrid Nilsen, a You Tuber whom I admire and love her work that revolves around taking care of skin, makeup videos, self grooming and a lot of other areas. I have been constantly following her on YouTube and was going through some of her old vlogs where in I found a reference to Birchbox. Immediate reaction, I opened another tab on my Chrome and searched Birchbox.

Birchbox has been there for quite a long time now but I didn’t know about it, maybe, coz of my ignorance or it not being available in India 😀 So my search began and Yip, I was quite impressed by the idea of monthly beauty product subscription. But there is more to it. It’s not just some website sending out beauty boxes but they also do take care of their customers in many ways. Its a wide audience out there and they are doing an amazing job. Kudos!

On subscribing, I was asked certain questions which circled not only around what my skin/hair types are, but also what I am looking for or what I am comfortable with. Like what my personal style is, level of beauty knowledge, if my beauty style is adventurous or low-maintenance who keeps things pretty natural, to pick my favorite product types… All that makes sense to me. It not only covers the female shoppers but also male shoppers. They have wide range of products for all. You will also find reviews from different customers that would help you in picking products. Also videos with ideas of makeup, hairstyles, products are shared across which definitely helps and also gives a sense that there is help for you right there when you are stuck somewhere.

Another Yay as you can collect Points by different ways that can be used for further shopping. This can be done by buying product – every dollar spent gets you a point, by writing reviews about the products you purchase and that’s 10 points on each review, or by inviting friends that gets you 50 points on each friend who joins. Don’t you think this is amazing.. Add on to this is if you earn 500 points in a calendar year, you get to be a part of Birchbox Aces, their VIP Program. I am no where near this yet but looking forward to it. One more factor that I felt is cool is that you can customize your beauty box for next month. Once you are familiar with what area you want to explore more, you can customize the beauty box according to your wish.

Since I am new to this beauty world, I had difficulty in deciding what to buy and what not to buy/try. Birchbox helped me by being able to reach to different range of products and trying them. Good thing is that they are sample sizes. It is quite affordable and I am ready to dive in. Oh I forgot to mention, you can also choose to get a single-foil packet as a free bonus sample and also a bonus non-beauty item. It’s a win-win for me. I ended up selecting many items for my bonus non-beauty item – beauty related tools, organic & natural product, small accessories, savory snack (bug foodie me), wellness-related item and products for home. You can always customize your profile any time….

My first Birchbox has been shipped and I got an email for a sneak peek. I could not control myself and peeked in a little. Already in love with the items that are shipped. Will share my experience soon about them. Eagerly waiting for my beauty box now.. Tick Tick Tick…

Hope you all will like the little review of Birchbox website and will click on the link 😉

Till next time Ta-Da… & Take care fellas..