STYLING MAXI DRESSES // OOTD




A maxi dress is so elegant, comfortable and effortlessly chic. I can't help but stare at girls with maxi dresses on, something about it is so sexy and casual at the same time. I have seen countless racks filled with maxi dresses, but never thought I could pull it off. I thought I was too short to wear them. It all changed when I found this dress from ONLY and tried it on; A pretty, muted mint green maxi dress with mixed tropical prints (floral & animal prints). The fit, print, length, everything seemed to harmonize so well that it wiped all my prejudice away. I loved the feeling when the flowy material swayed gently on my legs.

The dress clinches on the waist giving the illusion of a longer length, and has two slits so that you don't tip and fall. The adjustable spaghetti straps gave me the perfect fit.  Maxi dresses are so easy to throw on and accessorise on a sunny day. I think maxi dresses are a staple if you are a style noob like me. It literally takes no effort to look chic with a maxi dress on. You can style your long dress with bed hair, a swipe of your favourite lip gloss, sunglasses and a pair of flip flops and you are done. If you are petite, opt for solid colours and pair them up with wedges to give you the needed length. Make sure you find the right fit, make and print before you buy your first long dress.

I am so glad the it stopped pouring heavily for the past couple of days here in Bombay, but the weather has been scorching hot instead of turning Autumnal. Cueing in the opportunity, my maxi dress came out and I paired the dress with a muted envelope messenger bag from Forever 21, amped up the arm candy with loads of rings, a chunky pink bracelet with a golden hue, and my rose gold Hugo Boss watch. For the tousled hair look, I sprayed few pumps of the Toni & Guy Sea Salt texturizing spray on my bed hair and scrunched it up a few times to add in a little texture and to hold the waves throughout the day.

I can't wave off the relaxed, beachy, glamorous vibes whenever I wear this ensemble. 



Dress : ONLY 
Bag : Forever 21 
Rings : Forever 21( Details here ) 
Bracelet : Colaba Causeway ( Details here ) 
Watch : Hugo Boss
                 Nails : Rimmel 60 seconds in  Deliciously Dark ( Details here )

Images taken by Mohit Varu for AllSheNeeds.in Visit Mohit Varu photography on Facebook to get in touch. 
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IT IS MY BIRTHDAY!!




I am always grateful to my parents for bringing me into this world 24 years ago on this day. Every year as I turn older, I like to think in retrospect and be a better person that what I was yesterday. As I turn older, so does my blog. My blog came into life one quiet September evening, two days before my birthday, when I gathered all the courage I had and decided that today was the day that I should start a blog. It started as a thing I would check off my bucket list, but slowly grew up to what it is today. Every time I helped a friend out with her hair, foundation or perfect their winged liner, I would think that I should write a blog post about this and share what I love, but this was always in the back of my head. Today, I am really happy that I took the plunge, and had the strength to start doing what I love. Even though the 1st two years I wasn't as consistent, there's is no stopping me now.

Today I would like to thank all of you for all your love, support, encouragements, comments and shares. It really means a lot to me and pushes me to work even harder. To give back the love I have received I want to give away one The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream. Just follow the simple steps below and you will stand a chance to receive one in your choice of shade.

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LOOK OF THE DAY // AUTUMNAL LIPS AND NAILS


Autumn Make up look, Plum/Berry Lips.

Tips and Toes Lip Liner in Plumberry (Mac Rebel Dupe) Rs 175/-
Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Deliciously Dark Rs 185/-

I love digging out my darker nail polishes and lipsticks when Autumn arrives ( it still feels like summer here, but I couldn't wait any longer) For today's look I paired a bright plum/berry lips with a simple bronzed winged liner.

I wanted a heavier coverage to create an even base since the look is a little bold so I used Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation in Warm Golden using the Forever 21 Beauty Makeup Sponge to blend it seamlessly. I didn't use any powder over it as I wanted a satin finish rather than matte. For blush I lightly brushed Lakme Absolute Baked Blush on the hollows of my cheeks. I swept a thin layer of Maybelline Color tattoo in Bad to the Bronze all over my eye lids and used the Stilla Stay all Day Liquid Liner to draw the wined liner. You can watch my Get Ready With Me Video if you wish to learn how to perfect the winged liner yourself.  For the lips, I used the Tips and Toes Lip Liner in Plumberry which is a purplish pink lipstick, very similar to MAC Rebel (a dupe, less than half the price). I love wearing this shade during the colder months as it really warms up the look and accentuates my features.  Since the lip liner is very matte, I prepped my lips with lip balm before I started doing my makeup. I bought the lip liner from New Beauty Centre, Mumbai. You could also find this brand in Slassy.com

The inspiration behind this look was my nail polish, which is the Rimmel 60 seconds Nail Polish in Deliciously Dark  , a beautiful dark plum colour. Plum/Berry shades look amazing with golden accessories, so I paired it with the rings and choker I had shown in my Jewellery Haul.

What is your favourite Autumn/Fall Nail Polishes and Lipsticks? 
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TOP 5 NUDE & PALE PINK LIPSTICKS FOR INDIAN SKIN TONES

TOP 5 NUDE & PALE PINK LIPSTICKS FOR INDIAN SKIN TONE

Faces Canada Minerals Lipstick in Café Date 
Faces Minerals Lipstick in Café Date. Nude Lips for Indian Skin Rs 320/-
MAC Amplified Lipstick in Cosmo on Indian Skin Tone
MAC Cosmo Rs 1499/-
Colorbar Creme Touch Nude Coral on Indian Skin Tone
Colorbar Creme Touch Nude Coral Lipstick Rs 450/-
L'Oréal Color Riche Natural for Brunettes in Velvet Rose on Indian Skin Tone 
L'Oréal Color Riche Natural for Brunettes in Velvet Rose Rs 825/-
Chambor Powder Matte Lipstick in Sugar Pink on Indian Skin Tone
Chambor Powder Matte Lipstick in Sugar Pink  Rs 415/-

I love wearing a bold pop of colour on my lips like red and oranges, but sometimes it feels nice to keep my look simple, nude and monochrome. It is tricky to find "the" nude lipstick to suit your complexion but once you do, trust me you'll never feel like taking them off. 

 A while ago it was sort of like an obsession of mine to find The nude lipstick for me and in the course I have gathered quite a few, I wouldn't lie by saying that my search is over, I am sure if I find another one I will buy it in a heartbeat, but I am quite content with what I have now. I have narrowed down my 5 favourite nude and pale pink lipsticks and it wasn't easy. 

Faces Minerals Lipstick in Café Date is the nudest of all the lipstick I own. If I were to line all my lipsticks according to their shade this would be the first in line. It neither too dark like a brown lipstick (So 90s!) nor too light resembling a corpse; this shade is a perfect brown nude for indian skin tones. The skin matching with lips might look fabulous in magazines or pictures but doesn't really do well in real life. This shade helps in creating a warmth on your lips, adding a slight hint of pink colour, hence differentiating the skin from the lips. It is pigmented, semi sheen, glides on very smoothly and hydrating at the same time. I love paring this lipstick with a bold eye. 

A friend of mine has MAC Kinda Sexy and it looks totally sexy on her, however when I tried it out, it looked disastrous, I looked nothing less than a zombie. As soon as I had MAC Cosmo on my lips I knew instantly that we clicked. The MAC amplified formula is a cult when it comes to their lipsticks, and this colour is very close to my natural lips, it is almost pink with a slight brown hue, my lips but better, very creamy and easy to apply. The colour goes on sheer at first but it's buildable. This is my most recent purchase and I can totally say that this is going to be my everyday lipstick. This shade will look good on anyone, at any age. A perfect lipstick to gift someone. Also, just FYI, MAC has increased the prices of their permanent lipsticks from Rs 990 to Rs 1499/- in India.

If you are looking for a wearable coral shade then Colorbar Creme Touch Lipstick in Nude Coral is the one for you. This shade will instantly warm up your look and will look gorgeous on any one. The colour payoff is amazing for the price, it has SPF, very creamy, but doesn't last really long. This shade will be perfect if you do not wish to go too pale on the lips but don't want to go super bold either. It is the perfect in between shade that would look good on any skin tone. 

I got the L'Oréal Color Riche in Velvet Rose lipstick after seeing it on Sonam Kapoor in her White Perfect Laser print add. Even though the picture is heavily photoshoped, I loved the no-make up make up look she had on and especially the pale pink lipstick. This lipstick is one shade lighter and sheerer than MAC Cosmo. The texture and quality of the L'Oréal Color Riche lipsticks are fantastic, and this shade will be perfect for light-medium skin tones. If your complexion is on the darker side, the Chambor Powder Matte Lipstick in Sugar Pink would be ideal. These lipsticks are very buttery despite being matte, very pigmented and long lasting. This would look more like a bubblegum pink on lighter skin tones but would be the perfect nude pink for anyone with darker skin. 

If you are fair-medium look for lipsticks with pink tones and if you are darker then go for peachy beige tones. Nude lipsticks looks best when it's worn glossy or semi-sheen. Apply a thin layer of transparent gloss over nude matte lipsticks as they tend to sit in between the cracks of your lips and can make you look washed out, also, avoid frosty finishes in nude/pale pink shades. Exfoliating, moisturising, and lining the lips helps in preparing your lips for a flawless finish. Nude lips can be a little daunting, but I hope this post helped you out and encouraged you to break your boundaries and try something new. 

If nude lipsticks aren't your cup of tea, click here to read my post on Top 5 Dark Lipsticks for Indian Skin Tone. 

Which one would you like to try?


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WHAT'S IN MY EVERYDAY MAKEUP BAG



I dread changing my bag every day because I worry I might have left something essential in my previous bag. This has happened many times, and the thought of leaving home without lip balm really worries me. I have had makeup bags in my bag but all of them were either too large or too bulky. I decided that I need to purge out the not so essential products and keep the ones  I really use/need. 


Most of the products I carry are to help me transform my look from day to night. For the eyes I like to carry a black eyeliner and mascara. Right now I have the Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in 261 Noir and Oriflame Giordani Gold Supreme Length Mascara. This eyeliner is one of my favourites; it is really smooth, black and waterproof and has the one of the best sponge tip on the other end to smudge the eyeliner to create a quick smoky look. I love using this smudger for my other eyeliners as well as this does the job perfectly; it also has a sharpener stealthily hidden under the smudger, perfect for when I need a sharp edge to draw a winged liner. The Oriflame Giordani Gold Supreme Length Mascara was one of my go to mascaras earlier this year but I have started neglecting it ever since I got my hands on the Loreal Volume Million Lashes and Benefit They’re real. I still adore it, so I put it in my makeup bag to make more use of it. I hardly reapply mascara, but there are certain situations I wish that I had a mascara along with me to camouflage my tired looking eyes. 

Ever since I saw Amelia’s post on the Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip cheat Lip liner, I realised I had something very similar to it, and have been wearing it non stop ever sine. It is the Max factor Colour elixir Lip Liner in Pink Princess, and it is beautiful. I love defining my lips with it and wear the L’Oréal Rouge Caress Lip Gloss in Bella, but I just bought  M.A.C Cosmo which goes perfectly over it. I have also been loving the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker to glam up my lips and make them look glossy, full and perky. This gloss is very effervescent and you get a tingly sensation on your lips which makes them look twice the size they are. It’s very long lasting, hydrating and it actually works. I love wearing it.  The Burt’s Bees Lip balm are so good at moisturising your lips and I like to use it before I use the lip liner. I like to toss in the lipstick of the day in my makeup bag, but it never really gets out. 

I don’t like carrying any base or concealer as I hardly ever reapply them. My face becomes really greasy at the end of the day, and by the end of the day I feel very disgusted to touch my face let alone apply something over it. However, I do like to powder my face just so that the excess grease is soaked up and my face doesn’t look like a frying pan. I love using the Rimmel Stay Matte powder as it has a slight coverage in it and it is one of the best powders for oily skin. As you can see in the picture, this powder has been very well loved. I use it with the Real Technique by Samantha Chapman Contour brush from their core collection because of it’s size. It is small enough to fit into my make up bag without loosing it’s shape and its also easy to apply the powder right where I need it, like my T-zone.

This happens VERY RARELY but sometimes I like to wash off my face when I am out when the situation needs me to ( a birthday party with cake on my face, or maybe a bird shat on me) I received a sample of the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash, and if you read my post on What’s on my Travel Makeup bag you might already know that all my samples go inside my makeup bag. I was an avid user of this face wash in my college years and the smell of it always makes me nostalgic. 

My mirror is from Forever 21 beauty and it used to say ‘I need lipstick’ once upon a time, but has sadly faded away, and the makeup bag is from ONLY. I love how the bag is grey but with a neon pink chunky zip. I am not sure if it was a makeup bag or a Sunglass cover, but the shape and size is perfect for the things I carry and it fits inside all my bags. 


What are your makeup bag essentials? 
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FASHION HAUL // FOREVER 21 & ONLY

   

When crop tops first came out, I was a little apprehensive about them, but then when I went out shopping back in August, when there was sale going on everywhere, I decided that I should try them and bought a few.  Hope you enjoy this short montage of all the pieces I picked up.

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THE NAIL POLISH ASSEMBLAGE // MY COLLECTION & STORAGE


A few weeks ago I decided to purge my nail polish collection and just keep the ones that I actually used/loved. Sometimes I go on this nail polish buying spree, but end up using only few of them. Some of the nail polishes bought, I only wore once and some of them are untouched. When my nail polishes are stored in a pile like junk I tend to forget the shades I own and never wear them. I realised that I needed to just dump all my nail polish on the floor and sort them out, just go through each bottle, throw the ones that are beyond repair, keep the ones that I haven't worn in a while but deserve some wearing, and simply just look at the colours I own so that I don't end up buying the same shades twice. I decided to write down all the names of the shade I own and share it here so that; #1. You guys can recognise, and know which is which if you wanted to buy and #2. I will remember the shades that I own and remember to wear them more often.

Nail polish is something that I have no boundaries for, I can wear any shade and be comfortable with it. I really like experimenting with different colours, textures, designs etc when it comes to my nails and love collecting polishes. I like storing my nail polishes in rectangular plastic containers. I used to have one much smaller than the one in the picture, but my collection outgrew it so I had to get a bigger sized one. I want to get a nail polish rack that I could hang on the wall, so that I can see all colours at a glance, but haven't really found the one yet, so these plastic containers are doing the job for now. I am also planning to keep this as the standard container size and all the nail polish that I own needs to fit inside this and/or if a new polish comes in, I HAVE to toss an old one out.


 The nail polishes from left to right;

Row 1: Lakmé Fast and Fabulous Purple Fix, Revlon Gwen's Crush, Lakmé Red Alert, Rimmel Lycra Pro Hypnotise, Rimmel 60 Seconds Deliciously Dark, Loreal Hypnotic Red, Maybelline Color Show Silver Linings, Sally Hansen Xtreme wear Golden-I, Colorbar Retro Silver, Faces All that Glitters.

Row 2: Maybelline Color Show Glittermania Starry Nights, Velvet Wine, Red carpet, Paparazzi purple, Matinee Mauve, Colorbar tangerine mojito, Rimmel I love lasting finish Hot & Spicy, Maybelline Colorama Coral Chic, Lakmé Colour Crush Yellow, Maybelline Color show Sweet Sunshine, Sally Hansen Xtreme wear Mellow Yellow.

Row 3: Sally hansen Right Said red, OPI Nice Colour, eh?, Colorbar Pink lady, Maybelline Colorstay Hooked-on-pink, Rimmel I love lasting finish Lovely Lilac, Sally Hansen Xtreme wear BubbleGum, Street wear Cadillac Pink, Colorbar Exclusive, Street wear Pearl white. 

Row 4:  Maybelline Colorama Marinho, Colorbar Blue topaz, Loreal Rebel blue, Maybelline Colorstay Blueberry Ice, Lakmé Fast and Fabulous Aqua Express, Rimmel I love lasting finish Misty Jade, Colour bar Lime Margarita, Maybelline Colorama Verde Palmeira, Lakmé Fast and Fabulous Storm Green, Revlon ColorStay Rainforest.

Row 5: Random brands from Thailand, Maybelline Colorama Harpa, Maybelline Color show crazy berry, Midnight Taupe, Nude Skin, Maxfactor Nailfinity Onyx, Sally Hansen Nail Hardener, Rimmel Stronger Nails, Rimmel Nail Rescue. 
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LOOK OF THE DAY // SERIOUSLY SMOKEY EYES


This is WAY out of my comfort zone, and I very rarely venture out of the neutrals when it comes to eyeshadows, but I took a plunge and tried a very bold smokey look. I wanted to try something edgy and just play with the eyeshadows that might have been feeling left out. The hardest part of the look wasn't achieving the smokey effect, but actually pulling it off, which I am not sure I did.

It was fairly simple to achieve it using only two products. I scribbled the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Blackmail, all over my eyelid, from the lash line to the crease, and blended it using the shade "Midnight black" from The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes Pallete no 20. The key to obtaining this look is blending. You need to blend, blend and blend until there are no harsh edges, and it all looks seamless and very smokey. Use a cellotape starting from the corner of your eye towards the end of your brows before you begin to attain that neat, straight line on the edge. I used the shadow stick to line my lower lash line as well, blended it with midnight black again and added a touch of the shade "snow white" from the same palette on the inner corners. I really needed to get my eye brows done when I wore this look, so I didn't apply any of the highlight shade on my brow bone. I added two coats of Benefit's They are Real mascara to make the eyelashes stand out against the dark backdrop. More on this mascara will be up very soon.

I applied The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream with my fingers as a base, Loreal Rouge Caress Lip Gloss in Bella to add a sheer pink tone on my lips and added a dash of colour on the cheeks using NYX Blush in Silky Rose.
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THE BODY SHOP TEA TREE BB CREAM REVIEW + SWATCHES

The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream Review + Swatches
The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream Review 
The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream Review & Swatch (Click on image to enlarge)
Just as I was feeling the BB cream hype was slowing fading away, The Body Shop has dived in and launched a brand new one. This is one of their most exciting launch yet as this BB cream has a much different focus than the rest and claims to not only conceal your acne but heal it at the same time. I was really excited to try this as I am a big fan of their tea tree range.

This BB cream incorporates the infamous organic Tea Tree oil, sourced specially from Kenya. You wouldn't believe their belief in Community fair trade unless you see it for yourself. I recently watched this vlog by Fleurdeforce about her trip to Morocco with The Body Shop, and you will see what I am talking about. 

I was expecting the consistency of this cream to be like a tinted moisturiser but it is actually quite thick, it is thicker than my Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream, but still very light weight on the skin. Tea tree oil is essentially antimicrobial, so it is very purifying on the skin and potent in reducing blemishes. I wish it had an SPF in it so that any age-accelerating sun damage and UV exposure could be avoided.

To speak in earnest, I am really impressed with the Tea Tree Flawless BB cream. I was a little worried about only 3 shades available in the range, but the shade No 2 matched my skin perfectly. It is extremely hydrating, blends seamlessly and gives a very natural, almost matte looking finish. The coverage is pretty good actually, it is light enough that you can still see your skin, but thick enough to blur all the imperfections like redness, pigmentation, acne scars, and not so dark circles. Usually BB creams are really thin so I need to use my fingers to apply it, but I think this is thick enough to be applied with a brush or a makeup sponge to give a more fuller coverage. However, I prefer spreading this on my face with my fingers and tap all over to blend it against my skin. The cream sets matte pretty quickly, but doesn't leave your face looking flat, because it has a slight dewy effect too. I have very oily skin, and the dewy-ness soon turns into major shine so I powder my T-Zone, just so that the excess oil is absorbed. The cream smells just like the other Tea tree products and slightly has that tingly/cooling sensation like the others have. 

I think this would be a great base for those of you who have very acne prone & sensitive skin. If you have been skeptical, and a little apprehensive about wearing makeup because you are scared that it might break you out more, then I would urge you to try this. But, just like any other makeup, you need to cleanse your face well before you go back to bed. I like using the Chamomile Silky Cleansing oil to remove all my makeup, and if you can see my night time skin care routine here.

The Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream is priced at Rs 1095/- for 40ml, and there are three shades in the range; 01 Light, 02 Medium (my shade), 03 Dark. Make sure that you try all the shades, and choose the one closest to your skin tone to get the best results. Click here if you want it to be delivered to your doorstep.

What are your thoughts on this BB cream, leave them in the comments below. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream Review
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MY NIGHT TIME SKIN CARE ROUTINE // BIODERMA & CHAMOMILE CLEANSING OIL



What essentially started as a video for a short demo on the Bioderma Sensibo H20 took a turn into my night time skin care routine. I have been very lucky to randomly find a bottle of Bioderma sitting unnoticed in a pharmacy close to my home. Since I already had my makeup off, I decided to dive in and take you through my entire night time skin care routine featuring The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil, Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser, Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo.

For all of you wondering where you can get your hands on the Bioderma Sensibo H20 , head over to Nykaa.com 





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MONTHLY FAVOURITES // AUGUST



Hello September! It is my favourite month since my birthday falls in it. As I bid farewell to August, hoping that the dreaded monsoon will finally go away now, I wanted to share some of my favourite products that I really enjoyed using last month.

Have an amazing September you guys!!



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