Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tribal Nails - #ILL Nailart Challenge

Hello friends! How is Diwali preparation going on? I would be going to Mumbai with family for Diwali. I am totally excited :)

These are tribal print nails I did for #ILL Nailart Challenge for Indian Lacquer Lovers group on facebook. I really loved the way they turned out. 

I wanted to make coloured tribal prints.I first painted my nails with yellow polish and once it was completely dry using a brush, made patterns with orange and blue polish. Then using a toothpick added tiny dots. Isn't it pretty? What do you guys think?

Monday, October 28, 2013


“15th Aug’1947”, this is the date when India got its Independence. Tomorrow India would be celebrating its 67th Independence Day. On the occasion of Independence Day, I thought to come up with a tricolored manicure.This is what I ended up with. It is simple, super easy and not going to take much time.

All you need is –
  1. Any Orange polish/paint (I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear SunKissed)
  2. Any White polish/paint (OPI Alpine Snow)
  3. Any Green polish/paint (Combination of Maybelline Verde Palmeira and Prestige Hope)
  4. Any Blue polish/paint (Maybelline Marinho)
  5. Tooth pick or Dotting tool
  6. Sponge (Could be a makeup sponge or kitchen sponge)
  7. Q -Tip and Polish remover for clean up

I started off with a base coat, followed by two coats of white polish. Once the white polish was completely dry, I took a sponge and added three colors – Orange, White and Green to it and created gradient using sponge technique on my Thumb and Ring Finger.

On the rest using the same colors and a blue color, I added dots of different sizes and then some cleanup. Once the polish was completely dry, added top coat and that is it J


 Let me know what you guys think about this Mani. Do share your 15th Aug nails.

Happy Independence Day!!!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

What are FOUNDATIONS and How to choose one

Hey friends! How are you all doing? Sorry for MIA my toddler son was sick last week, he is fine now :) Just wanted to share with you all that I have been nominated 'Versatile Blogger' award by some of my blogger friends. Thank you all for it. I will talk about the award in my coming posts.

This is long pending post. I have received so many requests to do a post of make up essentials. I am starting with Foundation.

What is a Foundation?

Per Wikipedia, Foundation is a skin colored cosmetic applied to the face to create an even, uniform color to the complexion, to cover flaws and sometimes, to change the natural skin tone.

Before you choose a foundation, it is very essential to understand your skin tone and type. Foundation should always be an exact match of your skin tone. While trying out foundation always apply it on your jawline instead of wrist. This would give a better idea on how the product would look on the face. I have observed that many tend to go for a shade lighter than the actual skin tone which makes them look so artificial. Probably coz folks feel this would make them look gori gori (fair skin tone).

These days there are wide variety of foundations available in market; it is difficult to decide which one to go with. Here are some tips that will help you find your match.

     Identifying Skin type:

    • DRY SKIN – For people with this skin tone, foundations which are cream based, liquid cream based work the best. These give a much needed dewy look. It is always advised to moisturize skin before applying a foundation. Matte finish/Oil free foundations should be avoided.
    • NORMAL/COMBINATION SKIN – I would say people having this skin type are really lucky as their skin is not extremely dry or oily.  They can choose anything from liquid, cream-to powder compact, stick foundations. Matte finish/Oil free foundations should be avoided.
    • OILY SKIN – Oil free, matte foundations, pressed powder foundations, mineralized powder/loose powder based foundations work best for this skin type as they soak excess oil from the skin. Cream based foundations should be avoided.
Identifying Coverage:
    • If you have clear skin and even tone you would need a foundation with sheer or light coverage.  I would suggest to go for a BB cream or tinted moisturizer.
    • If you have light pigmentation/pimple/acne scars, look for something with medium coverage. Note that you can always build up foundation by adding more product.
    • If you have really bad acne scars/spots that you want to hide then go for a full coverage foundation. You could also use a good concealer to hide marks.
At the end of the day, make sure you remove make up else this would lead to clogging of pores and you will end up having pimple/rashes. For beginners, I would recommend using products that are not waterproof. You could apply foundation using use either your fingers/foundation brush, make up sponge. I prefer using my fingers.

I have very dry skin and have used Liquid foundation, cream based stick foundation (all through the year) and all in one base foundation too(which I use in summers & rainy seasons). Off all these I really love my stick foundation – Loreal Ideal Balance Quickstick Balancing Foundation – Buff Miel 335.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dotted Flower Nail art

Hey guys, here is another simple and easy design - Dotted Flowers.

Here is how I did it. I first painted my nails with black polish and allowed it to completely dry. Using a dotting tool added big dots with white polish and then on a random basis added small dots around the white dots with different nail polishes. Here is the end result. I love it :)


These are the nail polishes used. I used a dotting tool but you could use toothpick also.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Floral nails

Hi Friends! Just wanted to share pics of the Floral mani I was wearing for Dasera.

I used Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold as base and two shades of pink and a white polish for the roses. Added leaves using a green polish.

This is my first attempt of making roses. Although they are not perfect; I really like how they have turned out :).

Monday, October 14, 2013


Hello Folks! How was the weekend? I had good family time celebrating Dasera. Happy Dasera to you all.

Today I am going to review MaxFactor Colour X-Pert Waterproof liquid eyeliner - 01 Deep Black. This is my HG liquid eyeliner. 

It comes in a sleek pen shaped packing with a sponge applicator which makes it easy to carry and costs Rs.610/-

I am not a big fan of sponge applicators coz I love liquid liners with brush applicators but this one changes my opinion. It has a lil stiff sponge as compared to the usual sponge applicators which gives a good grip and control during application. One can easily make thin or thick lines using this applicator. If you are a beginner and want to try liquid eyeliner then I would highly recommend this product.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ombre Leopard Print nails

Hello Friends,

Friday is here and I am on my way back home from work :). This weekend is going to be full of Dasera celebrations. Have a great weekend folks!!!

Now coming to today's post, I simply love leopard prints and wanted to come up with something different. So here is the Ombre Leopard print nails mani.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Maybelline products haul @ Lifestyle

Hey Fellas! I had been to Lifestyle yesterday especially to buy some newly launched Maybelline Color Show collection.
These were just recently launched in India and a priced at Rs.75 for 6ml. They are mini sized bottles.

I picked 4 bottles - Lavender Lies, Bold Gold, Crystal Clear and Tenacious Teal. These polishes dry pretty fast. I am so loving these.

There was an offer going on at Lifestyle;  buy Maybelline products worth Rs.600 and get Rs.75 off. I bought Cheeky glow - Creamy Cinnamon blush for Rs.225 and Absinto (mint color) nail polish for Rs 100.
I got all these products for Rs.550..yayy..!!! The MA at Maybelline counter also gave me a lovely small blue sling bag and I was more than delighted :)

Here are pics from my haul. Do check out the exciting offers going on at Lifestyle. Btw this is my first post from my mobile hope the result (view ans alignment) is good.

BB Creams - Garnier and Ponds Comparison & Overview

Hello friends! How are you are doing? I am doing great and have been on a shopping spreeJ. I will share details of my hauls soon.

In this era of BB creams, how could I refrain myself from trying one (well one…no wait…two… no three it is). I had ordered Maybelline BB stick from early last week and was waiting for it to arrive.  But when I went to Dmart the other day to get groceries I picked up Garnier and Ponds BB creams.

So today’s post is about BB creams. I am not going into specifics like what BB creams are,etc.I have tried both the BB creams and they haven’t disappointed me. I have compared both Garnier and Ponds BB creams and given a crisp review. Enjoy reading.   

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Elle 18 Eye Sparklers - Gun Metal and Blue Blast Review

Elle 18 has been in news these days be it for their super affordable make up collection or the new brand ambassador Anushka Sharma.

The other day I went to a store to pick up Maybelline Baby Lips balm when my eyes hit the Elle 18 collection.  I remember using Elle 18 products during my college days J ..old memories. I quickly scanned through their shade card. I really liked their nail colors but unfortunately most of the colors were out of stock. Then looked at the eye sparklers, I was in search of blue and gray eye liners and hurriedly picked – Gun Metal and Blue Blast. Elle 18 cosmetics are selling like hot cakes.

Here is the review -


Elle 18 Eye Sparklers come in really cool mini jumbo sized pencils with the animated lady label J
Must say they look very stylish.

Quantity: 1.5 gms

Life: 24 months from date of packing

Cost: Rs. 85

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My Birthday Celebrations and Mani

Hello people! How was the weekend?

Friday – 27th Sep was my birthday and I had a great time. I took my day off from work. We did cake cutting @ home, followed by lunch with family at ‘Out of the blue’. In the evening, me and my hubby went to Hard Rock Café and then my day ended with a movie.(Wink..Grin). I was never so busy J

Here are pics of the mani I wore on my bday. It is inspired by my anarkali dress.



I painted my accent and thumb nails with flower pattern and index finger with white and gold pattern. Pinky was simply pink with glitter and middle nail with a random pattern. I used toothpick to create patterns and flowers. I really loved this mani. Sadly I broke two of my nails midst the fun I was having; so I chopped my nails off. But no worries they will grow back soon J


I have some pics of Hard Rock Café, Pune for you guys.