Black and Blue Smokey Eyes




One of you requested this makeup look over on Snapchat (@debasreee) and your wish is my command! Hope you like it!

Link to the requested picture and original creator, Katie Nova. :) She is AMAZING!!!

https://www.instagram.com/p/399g2-Es-h/
https://www.instagram.com/p/36nYZeks0n/
http://www.makeupbykatie.com/

Pillows and Beddings from:
http://www.aa-living.com/Products.html

Products Used:
Benefit Porefessional Primer
MAC studio Fix Foundation
Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Medium
Chanel Compact Powder
Mistine 3D Eyebrow Pencil
Pro Arte Angled Brush
Naked 2 (Bootycall, YDK & Chopper)
Stila Masterpiece Palette in Blue
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer
Pro Arte Brushes
RT blending brush
VOV Kajal
Maybelline Colossal Mascara
The Body Shop eyelash Curler
Freedom Pro Contour Kit Medium 02
Colorbar Kissproof Lipstick in Haute Latte


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L'Occitane Arlésienne Shower Cream Review



I have never smelled something so divine as this L'Occitane Arlésienne Shower Cream. This 70 ml shower cream is filled with notes of roses, sweet violet and saffron. The shower cream is actually a gel that transforms into a slight, almost milky foam that cleanses your body while leaving it quenched and supple. The gel has a slightly shimmery, light-reflective particles that don't show up on your skin. The cream, however, will require you to apply a good body butter or lotion since it isn't the most moisturising of them all.

This is what L'Occitane has to say about the collection:

The story of Arlésienne: Daring and gracious, the woman of Arles encompasses the beauty of Provence. Elusive and attractive, she leaves a fragrant trail bursting with color and life, that lingers wherever she goes. L'OCCITANE celebrates the beauty and refinement of this iconic woman with Arlésienne, our newest fragrance collection; a subtle bouquet of rose for her grace, sweet violet for her mystery and saffron for her temperament. Rose from Grasse, sweet violet and saffron from Provence come together in a floral fusion that reveals unexpected nuances. The Arlésienne fragrance evokes the woman of Arles - full of mystery, beauty and grace.
Taking a shower with this is like stepping into heaven because the smell lingers into your body and the entire bathroom. I fear this entire post is just going to be about how good this shower cream smells because that is the only thing that I can think of. The packaging is a beautiful, pink and sturdy tube which is great to travel with and a perfect size to gift someone. If you want someone to absolutely love what you've gifted them, then this is perfect!
This is priced at Rs 490/- for 70ml, and I got mine in an Envy box. 
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Deepika Padukone Inspired Smokey Eyes Tutorial






This look is inspired by Deepika Padukone at Kapil Sharma's show for the Tamasha Promotions, originally created by Daniel Bauer.  A lot of you requested this tutorial, I hope you like it.


Products Mentioned:
Miss Claire Primer in Beige
Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Medium
Oriflame Pressed Powder
Maybelline The Nudes Palette
Pro Arte Angled Brush
RT eyeshadow Brush
Pro Arte Tapered Crease Brush
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick in Black
Colorbar Just Smokey Kajal in Just Black
Benefit They're Real Mascara
The Body Shop honey Bronzer
The Body Shop eyelash Curler
MAC Studio Finish Foundation in NC 42
Freedom Pro Contour Kit Medium 02
Sivana Color Mineral Blush in 05
Mistine 3D Brow Set
Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Plum
Maybelline Color Sensational in Crazy for Coffee

Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to my channel. ;) 
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GRWM for a date after a GYM Session




Here is how you can freshen up after an intense gym session and get ready to have a date right after. I've used products that are very easy and efficient to use and you can find all of them at nykaa.com


1. Avene Thermal Spring Water
http://bit.ly/1XuM8Zx

2. L'oreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder
http://bit.ly/1T9ifg1

3. L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer
http://bit.ly/1Q1Ooqt

4. L'Oreal Paris Mat Magique All-In-One Pressed Powder
http://bit.ly/1PRzKUo

5. Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper
http://bit.ly/1kWeXT1

6. Maybelline New York The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
http://bit.ly/1XuNaVw

7. Rimmel Glam'Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara
http://bit.ly/1NfsX4F

8. Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush
http://bit.ly/1Q1ONt0

9.Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain
http://bit.ly/1R9Vf21

10. Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Makeup Fixing Spray
http://bit.ly/1QKsjhV

11. BBLUNT Back To Life Dry Shampoo, For Instant Freshness
http://bit.ly/1ThcMV8

12. Roots Style Glam Mini Paddle Brush with Removable Mirro
http://bit.ly/1OjHahI

13. Corioliss Big Wave
http://bit.ly/1R9Yma8


Hope you enjoy the video!! 
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Your Beauty Regimen with Makeup Bingo

For young teens that have just started experimenting with cosmetics and girls that like to go au naturale, the world of makeup can be quite intimidating. The foundations, shimmers, primers, shadows and liners, such products can make the beauty process seem far more complex than it needs to be. With all the lines of cosmetics available, it’s really no wonder that on average we females spend around 55 minutes a day concealing blemishes and highlighting our best facial features. Part of the reason why we take so long to get our faces ready is because we’re using a chunk of that time just deciding the kind of look we want to go for and thinking about which of our products would best execute that look. Time is precious, and when there’s a way to shave off valuable minutes from your beauty routine, you should take it. And while you’re at it, why not turn your mirror time into a game of Makeup Bingo? Traditionally, the lottery style game offers a low-stakes alternative gambling method and entertainment to events and online platforms, but because of the large female demographic that currently plays bingo, many companies across a myriad of industries are using the game to appeal to new markets. From our obsession with Fashion Week giving birth to London Fashion Week Bingo, to feminine themes provided by online games, bingo is being reinvented across lots of different verticals. And now that we’ve found a way to insert bingo into our daily beauty regimen, it’s pretty clear that this game is here to stay. There are tons of websites that help you create custom bingo cards, but they can look rather boring since you can only use words to fill in the boxes. Make your DIY bingo card more visually attractive by using pictures of your makeup products, organizing each column into the following categories: Colors/Types of Eyeliner, Shades of Eyeshadows, Shades of Blush, Shades of Lipstick, and Makeup Styles. Once you’ve placed all your images, label the items in each column from one 1-5, and then you’re ready to play! Roll once per category and use the item according to the number rolled. If you roll a six, use that as a free choice for the column.
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TOP 5 THE BODY SHOP BODY BUTTERS





Body butters are the one thing that I always forget to apply but never stop buying. I am a hoarder. I really like options when it comes to body butters and the feeling of getting lost in a lot of different types of fragrances just makes me really uplifted. The body shop has a huge array of body butters and here are some of the ones that I have been using lately;

Blueberry  Body Butter Rs 1295/-
This is blueberry jam whipped into a body butter. It smells really fruity, is light weight, perfect for the summer time and for those of you with oily skin.

Wild Argan Oil Body Butter Rs 1295/-
My favourite amongst all of theses. It smells very rich, is thick, creamy and perfect for the colder months and for those with very dry skin.

Vineyard Peach Body Butter Rs 1295/-
This one smells edible, really hard to resist taking a scoop of this a gulping it all in. Don't do that. Not only does it smell deliciously of peach but is also very moisturising on your skin. It's light, fluffy, and creamy, perfect for the summer again.

Virgin Mohito Body Butter Rs 1295/- & Fuji Green Tea Body Butter Rs 1295/-
I've spoken in depth about these two here and here.

Let me know what your favourite TBS body butters in the comments down below. 
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5 FUCHSIA LIPSTICK FOR FALL

BEST FUCHSIA LIPSTICKS

Not everyone wants vampy lips when the weather starts to get colder, so here are my top 5 fuchsia lipsticks for this fall. These are all from varied ranges and you will definitely find one that suits your budget. Let's start bottom first;

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Fougueuse Rs 2400/-
You can't expect anything less than luxury from Chanel and this lipstick won't disappoint you. The formula is rich, creamy, intensely pigmented. Fougueuse, although very hard pronounce, is just the type of fuchsia pink to brighten up your gloomy fall day, or autumn as we like to call here. It's not a deep berry pink as the rest of its crew here but very pink nonetheless.

Loreal True Red in Pure Amaranthe Rs 800/-
Oh, you cannot help but wonder how pretty this colour is when you first glide it on your lips. It is BEAUTIFUL. It is so matte, yet rich, intense and moisturising. Fair warning, it is a VERY bright pink, so if you're brave enough to strut in a bright pink fuchsia then this is your bullet. If not, you can continue reading.

Color Essence Lipstick in Blush my Lips Rs 299/-
Such a pretty shade with such an affordable price tag. It's super long lasting, intense, smooth, and a perfect fuchsia to add that pop of colour this fall. There's nothing not to love in this one.

Maybelline Color Sensational Jewels in Fuchsia Crystal Rs 425/-
This one is a classic fuchsia pink and has been in my  stash for the longest time. If you go a little overboard with this one it can look a little berry-ish, but I'm not complaining. It is rich, moisturising, leaves a stain and lasts long. The perfect colour to snuggle with a cup of hot spicy tea and Netflix. Yes I wear lipstick and watch Netflix alone.

Mac Lipstick in Rebel Rs 1499/-
Now I am cheating a little with this one since it's not exactly fuchsia but more like a berry shade, but you will totally love this one if you like a darker, more plum pinks for the colder month. It's matte, lasts long, and gives you that sexy pout without being vampy.

I know fall doesn't exist here in Mumbai, but a girl can hope. xx
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HOW TO START A BLOG: BLOGGER, SELF HOSTING, CUSTOM DOMAIN


Pic from www.itspinkpot.com


Ever since Sara wrote this post on setting up Wordpress I have been asked to do a similar post on blogger. This is everything I did when I first joined blogger and had zero knowledge about ANYTHING that was needed to set it up. I hope this post helps you as a guide to set up your blog if you're just starting up. I have tried my best to include each and everything as possible and make blogging as less stressful as possible for all you non-techies. Here you go:


Set up Blogger:
Blogger is one of the platforms to start blogging. It is fairly the easiest platforms to blog with if you are a beginner.
  1. Create a New Blog: To begin, head to www.blogger.com  and sing up using your gmail account. Once you've signed in, click on the button that says "NEW BLOG" to create a new blog. You'll get a pop-up box asking you fill in the Title and the address of your blog. If you've already figured out a name for your blog, then go ahead and fill it up, if not, you can always change it later. Choose a unique name so that you get the URL that is available or tweak it until it is.
  2. Choose a template: Choose a template to start with (you can always change how it looks later) Select the one that you like the best from the premade ones available on blogger and click on start blogging. 
  3. Overview Page: You'll be redirected to this page called "overview" which will have an overview of everything that you need to blog. This is like the backend of your blog which only you have access to. There are different tabs such in this page by which you can navigate to their respective tasks, for example, Posts, pages, comments, stats etc. 
  4. Tabs and their meanings:
  • Posts: You can create new blog posts, edit posts, and publish from here. 
  • Pages: This is the different categories that you have in your blog, you can see the pages in my blog are "Home" "About Me" "Contact" "Beauty" "Fashion" "Lifestyle". You can create and edit pages from here. 
  • Comments: This is where you can see, reply, delete, and manage your blog post comments if you use the blogger inbuilt comments platform. 
  • Google+: You can connect your blog with Google+, share posts and get more visibility. 
  • Stats: This is where you get to see your daily, weekly, monthly page views, keywords that people use and visit your site, traffic details, etc. This is the most interesting tab, and can also be the most demotivating when you first start. You can read Sara's Blogpost on how you can increase your blog's traffic
  • Earnings: You can add google Adsense into your blog and earn. However, your blog must align with their strict rules to activate your AdSense account. You can just google for all the rules. 
  • Layout: Here you can customize the look of your blog, move the grids and elements, play with it and change it till it suits your liking. This is where you can add widgets to make your blog more responsive. Widgets are social media icon, page view counter, contact form, basically everything you see in the right side of my blog. 
  • Template: This is where you can customize the way your blog looks, change your background, modify the existing theme, upload a new theme by clicking on the "backup/restore button", change the colour, fonts etc. 
  • Settings: This is where you can change your domain name, add more authors if you're collaborating with more writers, change your blog's URL, change comment settings, language etc.

Buying and Setting up Custom Domain:
You can buy your own unique domains from sites like GoDaddy, BigRock, and even from Google. Buy your own domain, like www.abc.com from whichever site you want and then set it up on your blogger. Once you've purchased your custom domain, go to Overview > Settings > Basic > Blog Address > Click on "+Add a Custom domain" > Write your domain name in the box > Click Save. 

Now you have to change the settings from the control panel of where you purchased the domain from, to give Blogger the permission to use it. You can use these blog posts as a guide to help you set it up. Click on the text below. 

Free Hosting with Google: 
Domains are fairly cheap and it's usually hosting that is expensive. You can host your blogger website for free via google, although the steps are a little complicated, it is just copy pasting, and it is totally worth the nit picking as you don't have to pay around Rs 5000 or more per year. Hosting is the home for your website if you're wondering what it is. You have to update the CNAMES with your domain and then locate your A records, which are the google IP addresses to host your a/c.

Here is an article that will help you step by step to set up the free hosting, it's too complicated for me to explain but this post makes it very easy to follow with pictures and everything: Custom domain and free blogger hosting


Custom Themes for Blogger:
There are a lot of places where you can buy themes that are premade for blogger. You will find several thousands of them on Etsy, or many bloggers also have their own shops like Envye.com by Dana Fox, Chaitra's Design Studio, PipDig, to name a few.

You can either buy a premade template or get one made custom for you. The custom made ones are more expensive but better, in the long run, to create your own, unique brand.


Adding Disqus:

Disqus really helps you with increasing engagement, make your blog look better, and easier for your readers to comment. To add Disqus to your blog, you have to first create an account on Disqus using your email id, Facebook, or Google+.  Once you've created your a/c, enter your blog's address and then use the Disqus Gadget Installer, or manually add Disqus gadget to blogger. You can read this article for a step by step guide.


That's all. 
That is all you will need to set up your blog on blogger. All you have to do now is write your first blog post.

I hope you found this helpful. Share it with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter if it was, it will be like a thank you from you to me! :) Talk to me in the comments down below if you have any other query.
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HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY BLOG PART TIME


Think creative blog
Pic from thinkcreativecollective.com




A lot of you have asked me how do I manage the time to blog, work and make videos at the same time. I have a full-time job 5 days a week and only weekends to spare for my blog and youtube. This post will go hand in hand with my previous post "Planning and Scheduling Your Blog Posts"

Here's how you can successfully blog part time:

Get Organized.
Organizing is the key when it comes to part-time blogging. It will keep you stress-free and one step ahead of all your tasks. Organize everything that you need to run your blog.
These are a few things you can start with:
  • Pictures: Create online and offline folders for all your blog pictures. Create folders according to the month and subfolders with the name of the post respective to the pictures. Create 12 folders at once dedicated to all the months and then keep adding subfolders in them. Name your edited pictures immediately, and exactly as what it is so that you can always search for it later. Invest in an external hard drive to store pictures as they are usually heavy files and save the important ones (like header images, branding logos etc) online at Dropbox. 
  • Documents: Create Folders according to the genre of tasks you have for your blog viz. Invoices, Planners, Posts, etc. If you use a Mac create tags for different types of document. I like to tag all my financial documents green and create custom tags for documents I don't want to loose. Don't forget to save the important ones onto Dropbox so that you don't lose them. You can also archive documents and articles using Evernote. 
  • Mail: This is the most boring task for me but thankfully you only have to do it once and stay clutter free forever. Gmail has a new feature which automatically divides your mail according to their genres, but you can create your own folders specifying the mail type you want to filter out. Just go to settings > configure inbox and then choose what you want to add or remove. You can also create labels to filter out your mail. Just go to Gmail Settings> labels and create your own.

Few apps that will help you stay organized:
  1. Asana: Create tasks, projects, track your work and basically for getting shit done. 
  2. Trello: Another platform to create tasks, projects and keep track of them. 
  3. Evernote: Save everything from links, articles, create which lists, budgets, documents, checklists, blog drafts etc. 
  4. Pocket: When you want to read something later, you put it into Pocket. 
  5. IFTTT: Automate sharing and scheduling social media posts. 
  6. Wunderlist: Create Lists and never forget anything. 
  7. Dropbox: Save your files online and sync it anywhere. 
  8. Google Calendar: Keep track of all your appointments, tasks, due dates etc.
  9. Sunrise Calendar: This is made for Google Calender as well, used by a lot of offices to keep track of their workflow.
  10. Tweetdeck: This isn't a traditional application to stay organised but it's absolutely amazing to schedule tweets, manage multiple twitter a/cs, create & manage lists, keep track of trends, and basically just sort out twitter ahead of time so that you don't to work on it throughout the week. 
Set Goals.
Setting goals, both long term and short term, for your blog will help you immensely in how much and where you have to work. If you don't have a goal you're aiming towards you'll just be working away aimlessly without juicing out your actual potential. So create a goal that you want to achieve, it could be anything simple like 5 posts a week as a short time goal and 40l+ blog followers by the end of the year as a long time goal.

Allocate time for your blog and stick with it.
Designate a specific time for you to work on your blog every weekend and keep all the other plans away from this time. I prefer Saturday mornings to create new content for the week and Sunday evenings to create to-dos for the week and schedule content for the week. Allocating time will push you to work towards achieving your blog goals. 

Plan Ahead.
Always have a bulk of content ideas ready for you to share in your blog. Take inspiration from your day to day life, for example, you had a problem you've been trying to solve for a long time and finally found a solution, blog about a hobby you have, a new experience. Basically, curate and keep track of everything you can share. You can read this blog post for more.

Schedule Content & Automate Sharing.
Once you have your content ready, keep it scheduled for the rest of the week. This will save a lot of time and headache while you're at your job during the weekdays. Apps that I have mentioned above, IFTTT and Tweetdeck are perfect for automating pictures and tweets on your social media. Schedule three tweets for each blog post on TweetDeck and automate sharing pictures via IFTTT. Read my tutorial on how you can use IFTTT. Scheduling content in advance will be a lifesaver if you blog part time.

Be Passionate & have fun.
It could seem like a lot of work when you just have two days or just one day of the week to work on your blog. Some days you would want to party all night and laze in your bed the whole day, basically just Netflix and chill. So do this only if you are passionate and motivated. Don't let blogging become a chore for you and this is where setting goals come in handy. When you set goals for the week or month you automatically divide time for it and have the determination to achieve it. Also, don't forget to have fun while you're at it. Involve your friends and family in the process, this way they will also get the thrill of what you  do and you will get to spend time with them too. My dad is so excited about my Youtube Subscribers that he refreshes the page 5 times a day and messages me every time I reach a milestone.

If you want to transition into a full-time blogger, if you want to earn from your blog, see how PR collabs work and turn your blog into a business,  Sara has a post just for you. Read it here
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The Basics of Instagram: finding your niche, scheduling pictures and getting followers.

The Basics of Instagram: finding your niche, scheduling pictures and getting followers.
Pic from www.itspinkpot.com

I am completely obsessed with Instagram. It is the first app I check in the morning and the last before I go to sleep. Instagram is the place to be if you want to showcase your blog pictures, your day to day life and stay in touch with your viewers and readers. I have been on Instagram since 2011, and what I do there today is very different than what posted before. Now I know how important quality content, good pictures, consistency and engagement is for my Instagram to grow. Since Instagram can be a little overwhelming and daunting at first, I want to help all of you who's confused just like I was in the beginning, give you some tips to grow and be noticed in your community.

Here's everything I learned:

Find out what you like.
This is a very important step when you start your own or blog's Instagram account. If you already have your blog's niche figured out, then this might be an easy step or you might just have to replicate the same. If not, figure it out from what you like to see in your feed, people you love to follow & keep up with, the type of content that grabs your attention and try to place yourself in your audience's shoes to find out what they would like to see from your account. Find out what you want to showcase, for example, makeup, outfits, interiors, etc, and create your own niche.

Create a theme.
It will depend on what you want to share with your audience and the niche that you're sticking to. It's always nice to go through an account that has cohesive pictures and people usually follow those account in a heartbeat. Accounts with a particular theme are very aesthetically pleasing and also hard to maintain if I am being honest here. You can pick any theme that you want and works with your content, it could be black and white, colourful, bright, geometric, makeup only, OOTD only etc are a few ideas. If you find it difficult to imagine your theme, save everything into your Favourites folder and see how they look with each other or save it into your VSCO app library to see how they look together.

Plan, Plan, plan, and then do it.
When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Once you pick a theme, plan on how you will execute it. When you start taking pictures, take a bunch of it at once and keep pushing it throughout the week. You can create a folder where you store all the pictures to save time and for when you are out of pics to posts. Plan everything in advance, your Instagram goals, content type, schedule, posts, etc.

Be Consistent.
Once you've picked your theme figure out how often you want to post. Try not to over feed your followers as that can be a little annoying and don't disappear completely. Keep your number of posts in a balance that you are always present in your audience's feed but not after every 2 photos. Try to post once during every meal times, that's when people usually check their phones. If you're already sorted on how often you want to post just keep doing it. Consistency is the key.

Schedule your pictures.
When you have the number of pictures figured out, schedule them on your phone so that you don't have to worry about what time it is. You can use the app "Publish" to schedule your Instagram pictures. Instagram doesn't allow any third party application to posts pictures so this app, or any other app, will only notify you to post your pictures, so all you have to do is just post the picture. This will save you a lot of time and will also help with your consistency.

Hashtag Everything.
Hashtags are the best way to get noticed and increase engagement in your pictures. Hashtag everything that you have in your picture and it will instantly boost its views. When you use hashtags, people who have the same interest will find your picture in their explore page. This will help more people find your page and eventually follow you.

Tag people/brands.
This is another way to gain attention from brands and their followers. If the brands are already on Instagram, they probably have a lot of followers already and when you tag them, their followers can find your pictures in their tagged pictures and follow you. The chances are that the brand might repost your pictures too, which will also boost your visibility.


Engaging with others in your niche.
It's very important to give back the love that you've received. Always respond to your comments, comment on people who are in your own niche. Leave real comments, start a conversation, collaborate, and don't just spam. If you love someone's work let them know. They will come back and do the same for you. You can follow the followers of your fav account too so that they can follow you back. Just use the "Copy Followers" feature from the Crowdfire App.

Do a giveaway. 
Who doesn't love freebies? Giveaways are a great way to not only grow engagement and followership but also give back the love and share things that you love with your followers. You can giveaway anything, from something you made, printables, a collaboration with you etc.


Check your stats.
Always keep learning from your past and from what your audience likes and dislikes. You can keep track of your Instagram stats via "Iconosquare" on web or "Stats" on your phone. You can also find out who unfollows you via the Crowdfire app.


Be Patient.
You can never grow on Instagram in a day so be patient and let it take its own pace. Don't feel demotivated when someone unfollows you or leaves a nasty comment. Keep doing what you do and eventually people will notice.


If you want to know how to create quality content for your Instagram, take good pictures, applications and tips on how to edit your pictures, check out Sara's post on www.melangeofmusings.com
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REVIEW: THE BODY SHOP VIRGIN MOJITO RANGE






I got to try the newest range at the body shop shelves this month, Virgin Mojito. This is a limited edition collection inspired by its namesake, the refreshing mocktail. The entire range smells very zesty, fresh, and minty. This is a summer range aimed at cooling you down and keeping you fresh the whole day. Here's what I thought of the range

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Scrub, Rs 1295/- for 250ml:
The scrub is very similar to the fuji green tea one. It is gel based, with micro granules and green beads infused with the fragrance of  lime and mint. The beads, although small, does a good job of scrubbing away dead skin and leaves you with a cooling/ tingling after feeling. This would be a perfect scrub for the summer, keep it away tucked away this winter.

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter, Rs 1095/- for 200ml: 
Finally a body butter you can slab on even in the Mumbai heat without being all sweaty and greasy. It is very creamy, light, and fast absorbing. I love the TBS body butters and this one will be great for you if you have oily to combination skin.

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Splash, Rs 1395/- for 300ml: 
This is very different from their usual body mists. The bottle has a flip and open lid and a hole for the product to come out. When I tried to use it first, I got way more than I needed and honestly I was confused about how to use it. It's actually fairly easy, you just have to splash it all over your body and let it air dry. The splash instantly leaves that cooling/tingling after effect and lets the zesty fragrance linger on you.
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How To Start A Blog; Photography Equipments for Blogging


Picture by www.itspinkpot.com 


Good photographs will help you get noticed on Bloglovin, Pinterest, Instagram and help you gain a lot of page views. If you would want to start a toolkit for your own blog, this post will serve you as a guide on what to invest in.

Camera:
A DSLR would be the best choice for you if you wish to capture really good quality photographs. For a beginner the Canon 600D is an amazing entry level camera. It has a flip screen too, so you could also use this record your videos. I started off using the Canon 550D, which is discontinued now, and have a Canon 60D now.

Lens:
Do you want those dreamy blurred backgrounds and crisp images that you see on Instagram but aren't able to recreate it with your DSLR? It's not the camera, but the lens that does the trick. For a beginner I would highly recommend the 50mm lens f/1.8. It's very affordable, and gives you drool worthy pictures, even if you don't know the ABCs of photography. This lens will change your life forever. You can also go for the 30mm or 40mm pancake lens if you prefer a more universal lens. These are perfect for filming too.

Tripod:
You must have a tripod if you want to film or take a picture by yourself for your blog. If you are like me and are forever alone, tripod will be your best friend. Tripods are fairly inexpensive and are available almost on every online sites. Choose a tripod that best suits your budget and start clicking away.

Remote:
How will you take your pictures on your own you ask? Use a remote to focus your picture without moving from your position, strike pose or start filming. Canon remotes are as cheap as Rs 300 on amazon.in, so grab yourself one and you are one step away from the perfect selfies.

Memory Cards:
This is one thing that most of us don't pay enough attention to. Invest in a couple of 32gb memory cards and always keep them handy. DSLR videos and pictures are heavy files so invest in memory cards that have a faster recording rate. ( I don't know the exact technical term) I always buy the ones that have a "10" and "60mb/s" written on it.

Extra Battery:
Please buy an extra battery for your DSLR, especially if you film; You'll thank me for this one.

Lights:
I love natural light. 7am to 10am and 4pm to 6pm is my favourite time to take pictures. Avoid the afternoons for that yellow tinge in your photos. If you want artificial lights go for umbrella lights or soft boxes. You can buy Phillips ring light for Rs 350 if you want that halo in your eyes. It's available at any electrical shop.

Backdrop:
Anything can be your backdrop. If you like white background, try to find anything white in your house. I have used floors, dining tables, white satin petticoat (not kidding), towels, magazine, tables, blankets, cusions, bed sheets, etc. Just be creative and try for look for places to take pictures in.

Audio Recorder:
If you film videos, go for a lavelier microphone; Audio technica has an amazing one for just under Rs 2000, perfect for beginners. Search for it on amazon.in

Editing:
I use picmonkey and photoshop to edit my pics. If you want to add graphics then check out Canva.com or make your own in Picmonkey. You could also try Adobe Lightroom.
You can check out what I edit my photos on my phone in my "What's on my phone" video.

Sara has a post on how you can self host on wordpress, buy your own domain and put your own theme in your blog. If you aren't good with coding and other techy stuff; this is for you.

Got anything to add to this? Talk to me in the comments down below. 
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HOW TO START A BLOG; Planning & Scheduling

Pic from stylemepretty.com
Sara from melangeofmusings.com and I have started a new series called "How to Start a blog" to share everything that we have learned from blogging. This is a series we wished we had when we first started blogging. 

Today's post is going to cover how to plan and schedule your blog posts. 

Before we dive into the nitty gritty of planning and scheduling your blog posts, here are a few things you must keep in mind:

Know your niche:
Before you start blogging, know what you want to blog about. This will help you with not only your content but also the overall look of your blog. Sara has a whole blog post on how you can discover your blogging niche, find out what you're passionate about and how is your blog unique. Click here to read her blog post. 

What are your blog goals:
Find out what the mission/purpose of your blog is; think back to that moment when you first decided to start blogging and find out what motivated you enough to start your page. Finding out the message or the information you want to put across your blog will help you create a better plan for your blog. Think long term, about what you want your blog to be in the next 5 years. 

How often do you want to post:
Once you know your niche and goals, you will know how often you would want to post. There are bloggers who post one or more than one post everyday, which is a lot if you don't do this full it and can also affect your quality. Find a schedule that is feasible for you and gives you enough time to  write, take pictures, edit and then schedule your posts. For example you can publish 3 posts a week or post only on the weekend, make sure that it doesn't over exert you or your schedule. Keep it such that you are genuinely motivated to write. 

Learn from the Past:
If you've been blogging for quite sometime now and yet haven't been able to create a proper plan for your posts/content, look back to what your top 10 blog posts have been since the last 6 months or 1 year, depending on how long you've been blogging for. This will give you a idea of what your audience likes, clicks on, and comes back for. You could plan content revolving those posts and generate more post clicks out of what you've already done. 

Once you have done these 4 things, you will have a clear vision and be able to plan your blog posts better. Here's what you could do to manage your posts: 

Generate Blog post ideas:
Always keep ideating for new content ideas you could bring to your blog posts. If you have a certain skill set that you would want to share with everyone, share a cool DIY idea, a cool new tech out in the market, or even share your daily outfits. Keep ideating and jot down all of the ideas and information you want to share. Listen to your audience by reading their comments and find out what they want from your blog, that's where I get most of my ideas from.

Keep a notebook or Evernote:
Great ideas can come to you anytime and anywhere. Ideas can also evaporate from your brain just as soon as the come; So always keep a notebook handy to jot down an idea as soon as they come. If you are not a notebook person, you can use Evernote in your phone, and jot down ideas there. What's good about that app is that you can sync it basically everywhere, so if you jot it down on your phone, you can view it on your laptop and tab. 

Create Categories for blog posts:
Once you have enough ideas for your blog, categorise them. You can divide them by:
  •  Days in which you would want to share them (based on the schedule you have)
  • Topics that are similar, for example: fashion, beauty, travel, tech, business etc.
  • Recurring posts and series, for example: product of the day, monthly favs etc.

Create Weekly/Monthly Plan:
Once you have categorised them, plan the posts for the dates that you want to publish them on, for example you want to post your monthly favs every last Saturday of the month, product of the week on every Mondays. Create a plan for the entire week or month ahead. You might find this a little tedious and boring, but trust me you will thank me for this one. 

Taking pictures:
Once you have the weekly/monthly plan of your blog post ready, it's time to start taking pictures. One biggest tip I could give is to take pictures in bulk. If you have time, and if not take out the time for it, and take as many pictures you want based on the content you have planned for the week. Don't forget to label them appropriately and organise the pictures, will talk in details on this in a future blog post.  


Writing and Scheduling Blog Posts:
All you are left to do now is write down your blog posts and schedule them. Depending on how much time you devote time for your blog, write as much as you can and schedule them for the dates that you've planned them to go out on. Every blogging platform has an option where you can schedule your blog posts. You would also need to edit your blog pictures, so make sure you've kept aside enough time for both writing and editing. 


Creating Checklists:
This is the most important step for me, and might be for you too if you are struggling to plan or schedule your blog posts. Checklists are a life saver if you are a blogger. If you are notebook person, like I am, go ahead and jot down every thing that you want to do for your blog post. Make a checklist of things like writing the post, taking picture, editing the posts, scheduling, sharing on FB, Twitter, Instagram, sending out emails. I am going to share how I make my checklists with you by the end of this series so stay tuned. You can also create checklists very easily on Evernote. 

Do you have anything to add to this? Talk to me in the comments down below. 
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Plaid Obsessed F21xMe

Forever 21 plaid crop top

Ever since I laid I eyes on this beaut of a top at Forever 21, I knew we were meant to be. I am sucker for anything plaid. This one right here is a cropped shirt with scalloped sides to accentuate your waist.

I am wearing it with my super comfy slit jean from Zara, which is literally the best thing ever. For everyone wondering, nope I didn't cut it myself, it came like that, which is why I bought it.

Lastly, the sandals are this gorgeous lilac blue open toed sandals from Marks and Specners which I absolutely adore. These shoes are bae.

You can watch more of the stuff I bought in my latest haul on my channel, please subscribe while you're at it. 
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Coffee makes me Poop

Yes, you read that right. Coffee also makes me high. I can’t handle the caffeine rush like most people do. My body starts getting jittery, I can feel the heart beat rising, palms getting sweaty, heavy breathing, anxiety starts to creep in; basically I am a 13 year old looking at boobs for the first time.
Coffee also hurts my stomach. Here’s an awesome flowchart to help you understand what I mean.

I am a lady and I fall under that 29%
Despite my obnoxious behaviour and lame puns, I am the most creative and productive when high. Things fall into perspective, I don’t forget things, my to do lists gets ticked off, my imagination goes high and wide, I think in different dimensions, and most importantly I actually walk all the way to the water station to fill my bottle and don’t stay thirsty just because I have to walk.
      Coffee gives me superpowers, but with side effects.
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Breton Stripes and Sunny Days





If I could just wear one kind of top for the rest of my life, it would be breton striped. I could seriously wear them all day everyday. Days when I don't want to think twice about cloths, rushed out Mondays, period 1st days, days when I feel bloated, days when I am happy; basically breton stripes is bae.

There I said it, I used bae in a blog post, I am officially a wannabe teenager now. I used to hate that word, and now I cannot stop using it. Bae is bae. I use it as an abbreviation, before anyone else. Now scroll up and read the sentence again, fits right in doesn't it? Breton Stripes is bae, period. It's like the french fries for cloths. Since I don't have a sweet tooth, my comfort food is French Fries, and not ice cream. Do you get it? French fries = Breton Stripes? That's how much I love it.

Now sunny days, sunny days give me that warm fuzzy feeling in my stomach. I am so much more nicer than I am on a rainy day. I am helpful, kind, joyous, empathetic, productive, happy on sunny days. I get to wear my fake Ray ban shades (I have a real one too), flip flops, shorts, drink iced drinks, go out, live, enjoy, listen to kygo, listen to summer time sadness, dance, jump, and smile.

If you're still reading, you might be wondering, what's the point of this blog post? The point is, nothing. There is no point whatsoever. I am just vomiting out words/thoughts as they appear in my mind, which reminds me that I wanted to emphasise on that lace detail on the décolletage. How pretty is that? That's like the cherry on top of french fries.

If you're still on this page, go subscribe to my Youtube channel because I am going to do one video every single day from 1st September till 26th September, and you are going to love it. I am going to die a little every single day working so hard, but it will be totally worth it. So, GO SUBSCRIBE.
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The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Review


The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Butter  Review

Body shop has very recently launched their Fuji Green Tea Range here and I was very happy to try the entire range out. The revitalising Fuji Green Tea Range contains the essence of pure green tea from Mount Fuji, Japan. The fragrance of this range very refreshing and stimulating. It smells like it has some citrus extract, very lemony, flowery and green tea-ish. The scent leaves you feeling very fresh, and uplifted.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel, Rs 425 for 250ml:
The shower gel comes in their standard clear bottle, lathers really well, smells divine, and does exactly what it says. It's very soothing, cleanses your body without drying it out and leaves you feeling very refreshed. The fragrance doesn't really linger on your body for very long, but it surely does leave your bathroom smelling like a spa.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub, Rs 1295 for 250ml:
This scrub comes in a slightly different packaging than it's former peers. It comes in a clear plastic tub, with a metal closure. The scrub is gel based, with white micro granules and green beads that exfoliate your skin very gently. I use it all over my damp body, rub it gently in a circular motion and rinse it away. Despite the small size of the exfoliant, it exfoliates the body extremely well, makes your skin feel smoother and cleaner instantly. It feels like the scrub has infused moisture into your skin after you rinse it off. You'll love applying this in your bath.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Butter, Rs 1095 for 200ml:
I am absolutely in love with this body butter. It's light, creamy and very fast absorbing and the perfect step to use after the scrub. I love how creamy it is but doesn't leave your body feeling oily or greasy. It's the best for people with combination skin. I apply this all over my body right after I am out of the shower. If you've used all the products from the same range, the scent starts to linger on your body now, but the body butter alone has a stronger scent than the scrub and shower gel. The formula is bit on the heavier side, but if you want something lighter you can try the sorbet or body lotion from the same range.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Eau De Cologne, Rs 1295 for 100ml:
This is my favourite from the range because this actually makes the fragrance last longer. I like to apply this on my neck, under my ears, on my elbows, wrist and behind my knees right after I apply the body butter. If you can't tell already, the smell of this range is very invigorating, which is why I love it when I can get a sudden whiff of it when I'm working when air blows past me. Someone actually told me that I smelled really fresh when I hugged him.

I would highly recommend this range, if you're looking into diving into a new beauty regime for your bath. If I had to pick just one, then I'd pick the body scrub, and then pick up the cologne as well because I never pick one. 
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Kerastase Elixir Ultime Creme Review

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Creme Review

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Creme Review

With monsoon comes extremely frizzy hair, and that's why I was so excited to try out the new Kerastase Elixir Ultime Creme. This oil in cream smoothes my hair shaft and leaves it extremely soft and shiny, without weighing it down.

How to use it:
I like to take a coin sized amount, spread it in between my palms to warm up the product a little bit, spread it evenly onto wet hair, and let it air dry. This is also perfect as a heat protectant before blow drying, it lets the hair glide smoothly through the comb and also helps the hair dry soon.

How is it:
The first this you'll notice is the fragrance, it smells absolutely delicious and rich. Very fruity & florally, presuming ha The second thing you'll notice is that your palms will be glittery. Yes, it has glitter particles in it, which helps the hair look really shiny. Thirdly, it's an oil in cream, which means you could use this instead of a hair oil to deeply condition you hair, just take more than a coin sized amount and apply it all over the length before you go to sleep. This will help you if you have damaged hair and prevent split ends.

How much is it for:
For Rs 3600 this product falls into the expensive category, but it definitely works and if you're someone who has damaged, dry, and extremely frizzy hair, give this a go and you wouldn't regret it.

How to get it:
You'll find Kerastase in all of the leading salons in India like Jean Claude Biguine, Envi, etc, and also online on Nykaa.com, flipkart.com, beautybay.com, feelunique.com 
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Lotus Curved Liquid Liner Review



The lotus curved eyeliner intrigued me enough to pick it off the shelves despite the price being Rs 725. It's waterproof, smudge proof, and most importantly promises an error free application.

Watch me apply it and my review on it, in this video.

Let me know if you would want to try this out, talk to me in the comments down below. 
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White on White



Every time I wear white, I am always at peace.  There was a time when I had nothing but white in my wardrobe, and eventually I started filling it up with colour; this time around I brought my inner white on white love back.

I bought both the top and the pant from a thrift shop at Vile Parle, Mumbai for 200 and 700 respectively, and these two have been my fav ever since. I silhouette of the top is so flowy and airy that it pairs perfectly with anything and is the best for hot summer days. I decided to break the monotony in the outfit by pairing it with my Marks and Spencers Lilac sandals. I am in love with this pair.

Quick Tip; If you are wondering what bra to wear under a sheer, white top, go for a nude bra.

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Knockaround x All She Needs



I have been living in Mumbai for about 3 years now and I am still yet to fall in love with the monsoon here. I can never understand why would one love to drench themselves on their way to work or leave the freedom to wear white pants (or black) behind. Grey skies and cloudy days really pull my mood down, but there are days when the cloud plays hide and seek and the sun comes out, just for a few minutes, but the day gets better (and brighter) nevertheless. So when the sun came out, I took the plunge and strutted out of the house with my Knockaround clear moonshine sunglasses on.

Knockaround glasses are known to be very practical, durable and of course stylish. I am in love with the clear frame and the dual chrome Blue/Green glasses. I was confused if I wanted the blue one or green one more, so I got the dual chrome one. I also really wanted the red one and the grey one. Basically, I wanted them all.  

If you are interested in a pair, check out UpbeatzIndia's website www.upbeatz.com and follow them on Instagram @upbeatzindia 
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Garnier Fructis Oil in Cream Review




Garnier Fructis Oil in Cream is a cream that nourishes and cares for your hair exactly like the way a hair oil would, without the greasiness. I loved that it comes in a tube which makes squirting out the product easy and less messy. It is essentially a light weight cream that you can apply pre or post wash. It

Pre-Wash: You can use this all over your hair and scalp, like you would apply regular hair oil, massage it and leave it on for as long as you want. You can keep it for an hour for a quick nourishment for your hair or leave it overnight for deep conditioning. Shampoo your hair as you would normally to rinse the cream off and apply conditioner.

Post-Wash: You could also use this on your damp or dry hair post wash, or even on days you haven't washed your hair. Just take a coin size amount (or more depending on your hair length) and apply onto the ends of your hair.

The cream feels extremely non sticky and is absorbed very fast. You can feel the difference on your hair immediately after you apply the oil in cream; your hair will get detangled, feel soft, moisturised, and extremely light and airy. You could walk out of the house and no one would know that you've applied oil onto your hair. You wont even get the urge to wash your hands off because it just goes of and actually moisturises your hands as well. (just make sure you wash your hands before you eat something though)

The oil in cream is formulated in India and was made after studying Indian hair types, problems and conditions. Will spill more on this in another post sharing my experience at Garnier's research and innovation centre.

If you are curious about what it is or how it works, I would suggest that you pick this one up right off the shelves, since it's just for Rs 60 for 100 grams.

This was a PR sample. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. 
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How to Post your Instagram pics on Twitter as a Picture



You can post your instagram pics on twitter as a picture and not as a link using IFTTT.

First you need to sign up to create your account,

Then click on "Browse Recipes" and search for Instagram,

Click on the recipe that says "post your instagram pics on twitter as a picture"

Then activate your channels, which means you need to sign into your Instagram and twitter accounts respectively to grant IFTTT access into your accounts.

Then just click on "Add Recipe" and you're sorted.


You just have to do this once and forget about it. They have a lot of interesting and genius recipes to choose from and you can even download their app on iOS or Android.

Have you ever wondered how people did this on Twitter? Is there any other way you like to do this? Talk to me in the comments down below. 
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The Interview


I was interviewed by the lovely Sharmi from inoui last month and I am beyond excited for you guys to read it. So if you want to know how I started my blog and channel, handling hate on the internet, my first makeup item, etc, keep on reading.

1. What made you start your own blog and your YouTube channel? 

I am an avid reader of various beauty blogs and I stumbled upon the beauty community one lonely night, back in 2008, when I was in the 1st year of college. I remember watching a few youtubers, who had just started their channel talking about their makeup “hauls” and their favourite mascaras, lipsticks etc and something about those videos and blog posts really caught my attention. I have never looked back ever since. 2012 was when I realised that I could do this too, and this is exactly what I want to do, so I went ahead and started a blog and Youtube channel of my own. 

2. Was it scary to leave your job in order to be able to blog and vlog full time?

To be honest, it was. I stay in a very expensive city and even when I was working, more than half of what I earned went into my rent and bills. I think financially it was scary but emotionally it was exhilarating. I have never been happier, and I think this is the best decision that I have made. This is the age when I can take risk and chances, and I am so glad that I did.  

3. Your most cherished blogging/vlogging moment?

When a viewer, who knows I have never seen snow, sent me a video of snowfall from her window. It was so thoughtful and made me go all mushy and teary eyed. Also, when I received an invitation to attend the Youtuber Mixers and Youtube India subscribing to my channel. That was the best feeling ever. 

4. If you had to choose, would you go with only blogging or only vlogging.

I think I will go with vlogging, I love talking and watching youtube videos is how I found the beauty world. I started my blog because I was too shy to talk in front of the camera, and didn’t have the equipment. So if I had to go only one thing, I will choose Youtube. 

5. What was your first make up item that you ever bought?

This is a really difficult question, but I think it has to be kohl. I remember it was the big fat Lakmé kajal, and I used to end up looking like a raccoon by the end of the day.

6. Three things your viewers don’t really know about you? 

 1) I am a movie buff; I don’t usually talk about this online and don’t discuss the things I like to watch. I watch A LOT of movies and series. 

2) I am very lazy, and a professional procrastinator.

 3) I am surgically attached to my phone and laptop.  

7. One quote that you live by?

Do what you love, and love what you do. & Dreams don’t work unless you do. Sorry, that’s two! 

8. Your top 5 makeup items would be?

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara, Naked 2 Palette, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso, Bourjois 123 perfect CC cream, Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip balm, and a highlighter from a brand called TEEN TEEN professional that I picked up from a random store. 

9. What one tip you would like to give to anyone who wants to start a blog or a YouTube channel?

Be consistent. 

10. Do you think outer appearance and inner beauty go hand in hand?

 I think it does, if you have positive and happy thoughts, they radiate on your face and vice versa. However, it’s always a bad idea to judge a book by its cover. 

11. What is the top 3 most played songs on your Iphone right now?

1) Hero, Family of the Year. 

2) Waves, Mr Probz Remix. 

3) Hideaway, Keisza. 

12. How do you deal with any hate that you receive on the internet.

Thankfully I haven’t received too much hate on my Youtube channel or blog, but everyone is entitled to an opinion and you can’t please everyone. I actually have this really funny theory in my head that the day I will get my 1st hate comment, I know I have made it. ;) 

13. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself happy, content, and established. 

14. What’s going to be next on your blog/YouTube channel?

Find out at www.youtube.com/user/apmir12  



You can follow Sharmi from Inoui on all her social media platforms here: 




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