Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bronzing Beauty

Summer is here and I was looking for a bronzer since my Elizabeth Arden Duo had hit pan at the beginning of the year. I loved the Elizabeth Arden bronzer, because it matched so well with my skin tone (since I have tanned skin). I simply used it to contour my face as well as adding a glow to my face in the summer months. 

I came across Maybelline's FIT bronzer and I chose the shade medium bronze. I have chosen the wrong shade, when  I tried it on (post will be coming next), I could barely notice is on my skin tone. All it did was add a bit of a shine to my skin. 

It isn't well pigmented either, it has more glitter flecks then anything else and I wore it yesterday on my cheeks as a highlighter and it had rubbed off in only a few hours.

I wouldn't recommend this product, unless you're ready to spend money on a mere highlighter which does little to add a 'glow' to your skin. 

All in all, not worth the money (can spend a little bit more for a better pigmented product), too shimmery and fades off quickly

I completely disagree with the 'fade proof' statement, because I don't think it lasted more than  2 hours on my skin!!

Which bronzer do you use?


Hey everyone,

Just a quick note, I've started a new blog called ahimsa. this blog will be focused around everything from beauty to fitness but which is animal and environmentally friendly.
As the world has reached a population of 7 billion it has become worriesome as to how the earth can sustain so many people. Easiest part each individual can play is making sure that the options they choose are not only good for you but good for the environment and all its creatures!

I will be posting in the next week but make sure to start following for the latest in natural beauty!


Maybelline FIT concealer- Review

I was keen to try out this new (relatively) concealer by Maybelline. It's from their line 'FIT' which is supposed to be able to 'fit' your tone to make it look like you're not wearing any makeup at all.

I bought the shade 35 deep (which was the darkest available) because I have a tan to dark skin colour. 

Below I have posted a picture of my eyes before the colour and then with it. I honestly wasn't that happy about the product. Like most concealers, they don't cater to Indian skin (unless its an indian beauty brand). And by Indian skin i mean tan to dark skin like mine. The concealer was hard to work with and hard to blend. When blended it still looks 'white' and noticeable against my skin colour. However, after a while the concealer was less apparent as it set into my skin. Generally I would be apply some form of powder or foundation over the concealer to blend it in but I wanted to try it out as per how it was. 

I think this product is good for lighter coloured skin tones, it isnt that cheap (AUD $14) therefore I wouldn't be repurchasing it. 

Eyes before the concealer.

Took a photo in natural lighting but the brown-ness of the product wasnt showing through so I took a photo with the flash below and the colour is more close to real life. 

Colour against my skin


Under my eyes. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Blue it- NOD

Sally Hansens 'Blue It' picture on nails as promised! 

I think its a great colour, however not something I would wear on a regular basis. BUT it looks so pretty if you pair it with blue clothing like I did today! 

Blue it!

I had been eyeing this nailpolish for quite some time and finally ended up buying it. It's a colour outside my comfort zone since I generally opt for more 'wearable' colours such as nudes, browns and pinks. 

The colour is called 'Blue It' and it is a gorgeous cobalt/ultramarine blue with a sheen to it. I have applied it on my toe nails but forgot to take a picture so I will post that picture up in the next few days!

I absolutely LOVE this colour (on my toes)!! I had to apply it twice for the colour to not look streaky and have a nice finish to it similar to what it looks like in the bottle. However I am not sure whether I can pull this colour off on my fingers...It is a BRIGHT colour, and I don't think it would go with a lot of my out fits which are generally quite neutral. I will definitely give it a go though :).

All in all, great product, great consistency of the polish, amazing colour, affordable price!

Have any of you tried it? 

Let me know in the comment below!

No one likes chapped lips!

I'm not much of a lip product person, and don't wear lipstick/gloss/balm. However, I have recently noticed that my lips become quite dry. 

I was looking around for a lip balm. I used to use the Nivea lip balm range a few years ago when it came out. So, I decided to go with it again this time but try out a new one (well for me) called 'Hydro Care'.

This balm has 'pure water and aloe vera'.

I have to say after using this balm, my lips feel so much softer and I love the feel of it on my lips, not greasy at all. 

I like the smell as well, which is very subtle and hardly noticeable. 

Great product, which does its job at a great price (AUD $4.00). 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Diwali Special- Styling an Outfit

The salwar kameez I wore to the Diwali Mela where I live. I thought I would show you the jewelery I wore with it. 

I love the embroidery of the delicate flowers and the colour combination of this suit, very festive!

I paired it with some magenta earrings, some colourful rings and a blue bracelet. I forgot to add the shoes, but I wore some hot pink 'jootiyas'. 

Love the button detailing and the change in texture of the material.

Net sleeves.

Dupatta- a dual colour with contrasting colours.

Keep Smiling :)

Happy Choti Diwali to all my followers!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Diwali Special- Mendhi

 Hello everyone!

I want to introduce you to my new Diwali Special. This will include everything from Diwali looks, hairstyles, outfits, how to decorate and recipes for some yummy Diwali sweets. 

I love celebrating Diwali even though I don't live in India. This festival brings with it happiness and rejuvenation in my life. For those who don't know what Diwali is, google it (since they will give you a nice explanation of this Indian Festival). A lot of you may hear this festival as the 'festival of lights'. It truly is an incredible time of the year and I look forward to it every time. 


I wanted to start the first segment of the Diwali Special talking about mendhi. Since Karva Chaut has just been and gone, mendhi is also used for Diwali as a body ornament. 

I usually make mendhi (henna) from scratch. I order the mendhi powder and mix it with coffee water and leave it over night (this enhances the mixture to make the mendhi come out darker when applied the next day). I make my own cones by using old plastic bags, but you have to remember the should be quite strong not the flimsy ones you get from the grocers. 

However, only recently (well this year) I discovered this new 'Black Mendhi'. It is evident from its colour and strong paint smell that it is chemically infused. Below are the pictures of the two varieties you can buy.
The one good thing about this product is that it is great for those days when you dont have time to make your own mendhi and you want colour fast. You only need to apply this product for MAX 5 mins and you will have a deep dark maroon colour in no time (this usually takes 3-4 hours with regular mendhi). 

It literally comes out black!

This is after a week of washing, the colour still remains visible. 

This product is great for:
  • People who don't have time to make their own
  • people who want deep colour, fast.

Hope you enjoyed the first of many in my Diwali Special. Next to come will be some outfits that I have styled for you to get some ideas. If you have any requests or want to know something specific about the products I have mentioned, please leave a comment below!

Keep Smiling :)
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