Current favourites 1

You must know two things before you read this post:

1. I rather do current favourites every once in a while than irregular monthly favourites

2. I already wrote the post, and edited it, but somehow WordPress didn’t save it and I messed up with the key board and well, I lost it. This is my second attempt…..

Now that that’s out of the way, lets get started shall we?

1. Sally Hansen instant cuticle remover- We need to fix those cuticles at home sometimes, not every time do we have the chance to get out and visit our salons. This product is magic. If you like giving yourself manicures at home this product is a must have. Very easy to use, a little goes a loooong way, and it really does the job without having to use cuticle clippers. I ordered mine from Purplle back in the day when I actually enjoyed shopping there. Read here about my experience.

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2. Skin Cottage bath scrub-Now this was a great find, this product will not satisfy anyone in the actual scrubbing department, other than some mentally. On the body it doesn’t do anything, with or without the loofah. So why do I like it? Well, it smells amazing, the scent is delicious, and it stays on the skin for a long time. It’s got a great texture, packaging is nice and sturdy, easy to pour out the product, label is lovely, the colour is pretty, it’s a total pamper product for it’s value. This could be a great gift to give to fellow mommies, and girl friends. I am looking forward to trying out their body washes and other flavours.

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3. Vichy Aqualia thermal lib balm- This is the holy grail for dried, chapped lips or just everyday nourishment. I asked the sales girl at Health and Glow (Barkatpura) to give me something to revive my dead lips. Note: Vaseline doesn’t work, and my skin was going through severe dehydration. Anyway, she gave me this, and I thought 500 bucks for a chap-stick, that thought was followed by ‘it must work’, it’s Vichy also. I’ve never tried products from the brand and thought it would be a nice step to take to test the quality, and well, it’s on my favourites list! Highly recommend it.

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4. Maybelline the falsies mascara- Yes, this is the one that’s all the rave online and in the YouTube beauty guru land. And it’s worth the hype. It’s a great feel good mascara, just the product on it’s on sans eye-liner will lift your face and make you feel glam. I love it, and definitely repurchase it.

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6. Davidoff Echo- This is my all time favorite. I have a back up of this, that’s how much I’m in love with this fragrance. As you can see I’m almost done. I went through a lot issues to get hold of this bottle, not available in India, like most things are, and in Dubai they said the company has discontinued making it (OH the Horror!!). But I somehow managed to get my hands on it, but did the mistake of not picking up two instead of one. When I returned back home after my vacation, I asked the hubby to search high and low, and so he did. Till then I was using it sparingly. I wear it everyday, the dry down is so sensual, feminine, fresh, fruity floral, great for day and night time. I just love it.

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5. Aldo bag- This was a gift, and what an appropriate gift it was. Any working woman should own a structures bag, that can carry all work stuff. I carry files, loose papers, documents and books to school. And this bag just does the job. It has zippers on the side that change the square shape to a trapeze and accommodate A4 size files effortlessly. LOVE IT!!

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6. Kellog’s Oat bites- This will always be my favourite cereal. This is the best that Kellog’s provides in Hyderabad according to me. I love it, and it’s my go-to snack and breakfast preference. Unfortunately it’s only available in the below size and hardly ever available. I can’t make out if it’s because it’s in too much demand or not much demand. I discovered it when I was pregnant with Batool 4 years ago. And it’s been my favourite since, I tried to go on the special K bandwagon, and did enjoy the fact that it was readily available, but too sweet for me. Bigbasket always has stock of Oat bites, I order mine from there.Currently it’s out of stock, that’s why I always buy two boxes at a time at-least, that’s one thing I’ve learned in general, stock up whenever possible.

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I shall stop there, what have you been loving lately?

Maybelline Glitter Mania nail polish review

I have been obsessed with the Zoya Pixie dust nail polishes since months, been searching for them online but they’re too pricy for a nail polish, but boy do they make my mouth water. I was browsing online (as usual) on Nykaa, and found the Maybelline dupes of the pixie dust!, they’re called the Glitter mania, it’s in continuation of their Color Show range, the product quantity is less, and so is the price, I simply love that. I have never known anyone who actually finished a pot of nail polish (unless you only owned one). What did I do? I just bought them on Nykaa, went through the collection, saw swatches online and bought 5 of the 8 polishes just like that. I was so excited, and even more crazy when I received them. I then bought the rest, simply because.

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I liked some while the others not so much, I do like the consistency, the colour range is varied, great idea for the first launch. The glitter is great for nail art, weddings, or if you’re like me and CAM01911want your nails to bring up your mood. What girl doesn’t like glitter! The end result is matte, application is super easy, as it dries textured, you just can’t mess up the finish. The only issue I had was the colour of some totally was invisible, and the contrast glitter shined too much. I wouldn’t dare with a second coat, it’s just not necessary, also taking such nail polishes is a PAIN, requires a good deal of remover. I did the trick used to remove dark nail colours, you keep the cotton on the nail for min15 seconds and then wipe, that way most of the nail polish comes off in one go, otherwise the cotton shreds get stuck onto the texture, and it’s all a bloody nightmare. I shall leave you swatches (ENJOY):

 

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All That glitters

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Paparazzi purple

 

 

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Dazzling Diva

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Bling on the Blue

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Pink Champagne

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Matinee Mauve (My favourite)

I do wish they launch more in the range, I had difficulty picking them up too, they’re getting sold out very fast. The glitter is great for nail art, weddings, or if you’re like me and want your nails to bring up your mood. What girl doesn’t like glitter! These (below) Zoya colours are yummy! I love the latter purple shade it’s my favourite colour. Maybelline should add that shade and an emerald green for sure, an electric/navy blue, that would be amazing..

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I recommend everyone to buy these, they’re cheap for only RS.125 they’re fab. They are great at hiding bad nails, they’re very opaque too so you can’t layer them on a regular nail polish. These are stand alone polishes, that will do the job.

Did you try any of these? I have been late on the Glitter mania band wagon, but I am happy that I discovered them 🙂

Huge Haul. City center and GVK. Makeup, school supplies, shoes, books

I have a headache, I am having cold, hence a heavy head. But today was shoppCAM01862ing day. Some important things to purchase, some crazy indulges. All in all, I am surprised at my capability to spend so much in one day. I feel good. No more shopping for me for at-least a six months. Lets get started, I shall go in the order of my shops. I mainly hit City center and GVK One today (in that order)

First stop Fooba Wooba

We’re having some weddings lined up from the coming week. Batool desperately needed some part footwear. This one is golden, the camera isn’t doing justice to the glamorous look of the shoe. But I love it.

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Second stop SivaShakti Garments (that’s what it says on the bill) I’m sure the names catchier than that!

Got these posters, they had a great collection, good quality. You can hang or stick them. Rs.80 a piece, not bad at all for the quality and content. There is print on both sides, which is fabulous it’s like getting two posters in one. And it’s super thick glazed quality, which means it won’t rip off!

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Water bottle (2 months into school and she already broke hers) and milk bottle

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This one has a twist opening and a straw. As you can see, the daughter was already too eager to start using it. So I poured her some milk.

last at this shop was a towel for her school snack bag. Got Yellow as it matches her lunch bad.

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Third stop, Max. I was looking for a silver shoe for Batool (again for them weddings). Didn’t find one but got myself a top/Kurti (sneaky me). And also a pack of socks for the hubby (nothing interesting so no images!)

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I loved the colour mainly, and that it has buttons going down all the way, it’s bright but not crazy. Max had a lot of florescent colours in their Indian wear-too loud for my taste. Plan to wear this to school soon.

Fourth stop Crosswords. How can a trip to city center be complete without a browse through at crosswords. I was mainly looking for a water bottle for myself. This one is simple, and big enough to keep me hydrated through the school day.

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I picked up two books for my friends son, as a gift for Eid. But then I can’t help myself so I went ahead and got Batool two books as well . This Dictionary is amazing, I’ve been wanting something like this for a while now. It was only for Rs.300. It is hardcover with thick good quality pages and lovely images and descriptions. Beyond satisfied!

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Also picked up a book from the Bruno series, this purchase leaves Batool with only one unowned. I think I’ll buy it on Flipkart.

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 I also got myself this reading light which i desperately need. I am unable to read at night because of the absence of light. Batool is fast asleep by 10 it’s the best time for to read. It clips to your book or e-reader and illuminates without causing trouble to people around. It was available in blue and white I think, but I got girlie in this purchase hehe. This baby was for Rs.700. I have to admit, I’ve never noticed these type of things anywhere else. Crosswords stocks good products.

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Fifth stop Health and Glow. Here is where I went a little too crazy I was only looking for three nail polishes from the Maybelline ‘Glitter Mania’ Collection, an eyelash curler, nail polish remover, and the Lame Absolute bronzer. I got only one of the three nail polishes but also picked up three other random ones, an eye liner and a concealer. The Lakme Absolute bronzer is history apparently, and they didn’t have any other bronzer in the whole of Health and Glow. What a shame.

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The red one in the center is the one I wanted and got at Health and Glow. Other two I picked up from GVK. Didn’t really have a concealer on my list but got one. I don’t own one currently, and my dark circles are crying for one.

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I will review this in the coming week. Will also do swatches of the Maybelline nail polishes in detail.

Sixth stop Me n Moms, now I was about to leave, was getting tired from the cold and running around, also the excitement of shopping so much was making me crazy. But my gut was saying ‘Syeda just check out Me n Moms’ and so I did and the result; unreasonably expensive shoes for the daughter. Was I relieved that I had that under control? Hell Yes!

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I then headed out, called my mom to get a status on my daughter and after getting the soothing news of her safe and happy state I thought let’s head to GVK and strike off all that’s on my shopping list (believe me there was more).

GVK I entered like a mother on a mission, up the stairs and took the right directly into Shoppers Stop. Headed to the Maybelline counter to get my other two nail polishes, got them!, went over to Lakme and again heard that the bronzer has been discontinued. Asked at Bourjois for bronzer, all they had weren’t matte. Moved on to The Body Shop, their honey bronzer was too light. I am glad I didn’t get sucked into buying that. The sales girl however took me to the Givenchy counter, to which I said no! I am not going to buy make-up for hobby from Givenchy! I eventually arrived at the Shiseido counter, and when she said the bronzer costed 2k I told her that’s too much for someone like me. Sicilia the lovely lady who at the counter insisted on a light application and I fell in love. I thought heck! It’s going to last me a life time. She too said that it was like an investment, good quality, won’t expire for another 3 years. So I bought it. And I don’t regret it.

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Shall do a review with swatches on this later. I tried it at home too, it’s lovely, super easy to apply, especially for me- My first time playing with a bronzer you see. Note worthy point here is that Sicilia had applied the BB cream on my whole face prior to the bronzer application. And my skin felt amazing. I’ve noticed a difference in my skin, even though she cleaned it all off. I am making a mental note to explore more from the brand. I’ve only owned their matte lipstick till date.

Ending the ramble and moving on I got my face cleaned, picked up a pair of sandals from Haute Curry and ran out to come back home. Mind you they were on sale, got them for Rs.800. Note! they were cheaper than Batools! I was actually looking for shoes in gold, but by the time I got to the shoe section I thought ‘chuck it’ it’s only going to be used for weddings and I don’t attend many, so no point being picky and choosy and paying too much. Plus I was already exhausted with the pricing on Batools shoes, I just thought the cheapest would do!.

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This day has ended with me feeling extremely worldly. I went over board no doubt. The online shopping thing is also being a buzz for me. I have to stop shopping period. I believe it’s a phase, a phase in which I haven’t been in for a very long time (In Dubai I went crazy which was almost 2 years ago). And I guess it’s fine to just let go once in a while. Excuses Excuses!

Have you been hauling lately? Any recommendations from Shiseido?