December Favorites!

Sunday, 28 December 2014



Let me ask you just how the hell 2014 is coming to an end? For me 2014 was well an average year, not too jolly I have to say. Let's see how 2015 turns out to be but I seriously hope that it turns out to be a happy year for everyone. On to the favorites now.

Makeup Revolution Blush Shade Hot
Well I am really dissatisfied with the extremely less quantity but I have to keep in mind the price it comes for. But man! The color is the most gorgeous hot pink shade I've ever seen in my life and it suits me a lot. I've been using it extensively because I'm sure I'll repurchase it.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Concealer Shade Natural
It is the perfect pick me up when I'm sporting the "no base" look and it looks really natural when blended. I kind of don't appreciate the matt finish it provides after drying but still I've been using it a lot more than I ever thought off.

Essence Lipstick Shade Rockin Red
A really nice everyday red which can be applied as a stain or straight from the bullet. You can read the review on my blog

Head & Shoulders Anti Hairfall Shampoo
I've been using this shampoo for a very long time and I'm surprised I didn't mention it much on my blog. After using this shampoo, my dandruff is no where visible and my scalp is squeaky clean.

Sisters By Danielle Steele
Non beauty favorite wise I have been loving this book and it is such a nice homely story to read when you are lazing around in bed.

So my lovely readers these were my little favorites and I'll definitely be posting the review of each of these items.

What were your favorites this month?

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Blush Loved me the best Review & Swatch

Friday, 26 December 2014





My eyes always fell upon this beautiful red/pink blush and I finally decided to buy it before it got out of stock. Now let's see if it fared well or not!

(Shade no/name
Loved me the best

(Price
I bought it for 550 PKR from an online shopping website  just4girls.pk .

(Claims
No claims. Ingredients are included and it is developed in UK.

(Packaging
It comes in a small 6g black compact with a thick clear plastic lid. The packaging is sturdy and secure. No mirror and no blush brush. The blush is slightly baked.

(Color
The blush is a very pretty red pinkish shade with dark maroon and slight purple veins running through it.

(Texture
It does produce powder when used with a blush on brush but the texture is very silky, smooth and nicely pigmented.

(Scent
No scent. A pro for sensitive noses.

(Finish
It gives a lovely red pinkish color to the cheeks with sheen and when this blush finally settles, the overall look is a healthy pinkish red with dewy cheeks. The brush picks up the right amount to apply and I haven't noticed any substantial fall out. No chalkiness or rough looking appearance.

(Longevity
This blush lasted a good five hours on me and when it vanishes it leaves a subtle pink color with a beautiful glow behind.

(My Thoughts
When this blush first came in my online shopping parcel, I was really disappointed by the small size of the blush. I wish it could have been a little bigger in size so that its beauty would stand out fully. No doubt the overall shade of the blush is amazing and it gives a really pretty color to the cheeks. However, I noticed that it made my complexion look a bit dusky but I'm quite enjoying the bronzed glow it provides. It is a great choice for winters when one loves and cherishes the look of healthy glowy looking cheeks. Overall, I haven't found any major con except the small size but that can be ignored if we take a look at the price it comes for. Its really affordably priced, with great quality and is quite handy for travelling.

(Recommendation
If you are looking for a good budget friendly blush then do buy it.

(Would I Repurchase
Yes

(Have you tried this blush? Do you like it?

St Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion Review!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

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When winter comes, dryness follows suit. And to combat dryness, we have our trusted brands that provide great formulas and mine is the St Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion.

Price
I bought it for 495 PKR from Al Fatah.

Claims
Wrap your skin in soothing hydration with St Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Lotion. This formula, with oatmeal and 100% natural moisturizers like vegetable glycerin and rich Shea butter, nourishes and intensely hydrates the skin for immediate relief, while it works to restore your skin back to a healthy appearance. Apply daily to achieve the soft, smooth and healthy look and feel that your skin deserves.
* Formulated without Parabens or Phthalates.
* Does not contain Animal Ingredient.
* Contains 100% Natural Moisturizers(vegetable glycerin, Shea butter, soy bean oil)

Packaging
Comes in a large white bottle with lots of labels and details. The bottle contains an impressive 621ml product and comes with a clear pump. I prefer pumps more than flip flop caps. The bottle is sturdy and does not leak.

Consistency
It is a lovely thick consistency that sinks in quickly and leaves a pretty sheen behind.

Scent
A gorgeous sweet scent that is immensely pleasant and not at all bothering.

My Thoughts
I've been using St Ives Intensive Healing lotion for a long time and this is the first time I switched to Oatmeal & Shea Butter and it is the same great formulation. I'm impressed by the quality and quantity of the lotion which is used by all of my family members and lasts a good two months. The lotion smells great, sinks quickly and a little amount goes a long way. It doesn't make me look dark at the end of the day nor does it make me feel greasy. Me and my family is in love with this lotion especially with the fact that for such an affordable price, this lotion is a great buy and I haven't found anything bad about it. It does fulfill all its claims and makes my skin look young, healthy and plump.

Recommendation
To everyone

Would I Repurchase
Yes

Newly Purchased #2

Thursday, 18 December 2014

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So recently I've purchased or rather I should say indulged myself in some online shopping. I owned only one makeup item from Makeup Revolution and I lusted after their other amazing products. I'm glad I took the plunge and ordered four products.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Concealer  Shade Natural PKR 300
This concealer comes in 3 shades Fair, Natural and Medium. I chose the shade natural because for some reason medium wasn't available and looked a bit darker in online swatches. Natural goes perfectly with my skin tone and I'm impressed by the quality of this concealer. Keep looking for a review

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked
Blush Shade Loved me the best PKR 550
I have to admit I'm really disappointed by the small size of the blush and it isn't really that pigmented. Otherwise its really good for a naturally flushed glowy finish. A review will be up soon.

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick Shade Dusky PKR 225
What a bargain! A lipstick that is nicely pigmented, has kind of a balmy texture, gives a great color pay off and is incredible for everyday wear. However it may not suit dusky complexions. Keep your eyes peeled for a review.

Makeup Revolution Blush shade Hot PKR 225
Thoroughly disappointed with the almost non existent quantity. Its very pigmented and the color pay off is awesome. Keep your eyes glued for a review.

So these were my rather small purchases but I'm glad I bought them.

November Favorites!

Friday, 12 December 2014

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God! It's December already and November felt like it just zoomed away. However this month has definitely been my favorite because I had attended some awesome parties and conducted fun events as well. November has been extremely busy, tiresome but enjoyable. However let's move on to the favorites.

St Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body
Lotion
I have been using St Ives Lotions for a long time but this is the first time I bought Oatmeal & Shea Butter and previously only used Intensive Healing. This smells gorgeous, great formula like Intensive Healing one and doesn't leave me greasy at all. Stay tuned for a review.

Color Studio Professional Blush 104 Havana
My favorites would be incomplete without including this gem. First I'm vastly impressed by the generous quantity. The color is amazing for this winter weather and just a little sweep of this blusher adds life (yeah life) to my cheeks. You can read the review of this blush here .

Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion
The appreciable thing about this product is that it can be used as a cleanser or a toner. And MAN! It does a bloody good job of cleaning away the dirt and makeup on my face. Toning wise its awesome as my skin almost looks poreless and fresh after using it. I pour it on to a cotton pad and remove all the impurities. Love it. Keep looking for a review on this sooner.

Jordana Lipstick
Absolutely hate the clumsy packaging of this product but the color pay off is amazing. A berry shade that looks very scary in the bullet but when I apply it, its the most flattering shade I've ever seen. The finish has a lovely sheen and a hint of berry to it. Saddened and shame faced as I say this that the shade no has vanished of this beautiful lipstick so there won't be any review on it.

The Undomestic Goddess By Sophie Kinsella
I love this book as it's the perfect blend for a girl to read. I've been reading it again and again in November and it's obviously my favorite book.

Newly Purchased #1

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

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I'm thinking of starting a series in which I would show you purchases of things I buy randomly or monthly. Be it one product purchase or a haul. I would include it in my purchases series.

I purchased all of these things from Al Fatah which I'm going to mention below and would include the prices as well.

St Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion PKR 495
I love, love, love St Ives lotions. They smell nice, sink in quickly and leave me moisturized and not at all greasy. Stay tuned for a review.

St Ives Apricot Scrub PKR 475
I've heard none other than praises about this scrub and its been on my wishlist for ages. I'm glad I finally bought it. Keep your eyes peeled for a review.

Harmony Soaps PKR 45
Finally I've managed to find soaps that are very reasonably priced, smell yummy as they come in fruity scents( strawberry and mango scent is my favorite) and don't leave me dry like a wrung towel. They lather beautifully and is a joy to use. Must have soaps and I'm surely going to  buy them for a long, long time.

Gift Box PKR 290
I definitely needed some storage item to store my slowly increasing makeup collection. And I think wooden gift boxes are a great way to store makeup. Its pretty to look at, doesn't budge while traveling and keeps the makeup items protected. These boxes are available at any local gift shop for very cheap prices.

Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion PKR 295
I've been purchasing this cleanser for ages and really like the way it makes my skin clean, fresh and poreless. Keep looking for a review sooner.

Colgate Max Fresh Toothpastes PKR 105 each
My most trusted toothpastes.

Head & Shoulders Anti Hairfall Shampoo PKR 335
A really good shampoo. I've been buying this for like forever because I haven't found anything better than this.

These were my purchases. Happy reading everyone :)

Can't Resist The Temptation!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

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I wonder how many girls are there who think like me. Probably many or perhaps I'm the only weird one here.

Whenever I browse around the beauty counters, I just can't control the temptation to swatch a product, ohh and ahh at the heaps of makeup immaculately lined infront of me and I snatch the product to home with me. There is always an excuse to pop something new into my shopping bag. But whenever I come home with that particular new thing, I can't help but ponder over it that I just wasted my money on what? Foundation! Chemical in a bottle we lust after to blend into our faces!

But you know what, just like any other makeup lover, I can't resist the temptation. Owning that new makeup item is a source of happiness for me, joy that comes from within, not that is made up.

My guilt is uncontrollable whenever I think of buying a new makeup item because that's a fact that I have enough makeup for everyday use and for an upcoming special occasion. Why buy more? is the question in my boggling mind. Because the truth is I love makeup, I can purchase food for myself or pretty clothes and shoes to add something new into my closet. But my heart always takes centre stage and that is to buy makeup, nothing but more makeup will make me happy inside and out. And happiness is the best health of all.

How many of you feel the same way?

Book # 3 The Kite Runner

Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Hello everyone,
I'm back with another book review of The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini and let's see how the book turned out.

Review
Khalid Hosseini is that gifted writer who knows the art of weaving beautiful spell-binding stories. I've had the opportunity of reading his other novels as well but this book, 'The Kite Runner' is by far his best creation. It is not only an International Best Seller but also a major film.

The story is set amidst the 1970's Afghanistan of two friends Amir and Hassan who grew up together. Amir is a rich boy whereas Hassan is a poor boy and Amir's servant as well but a very loyal friend of Amir. Both of them are quite fond of kite flying and this hobby of theirs changes their lives one afternoon. After the invasion of Russians, Amir is forced to flee to USA but then comes the time of paying back.

The novel not just narrates the gripping story of the two friends but has different tastes including the rich culture and scenic beauty of Afghanistan. The usage of the Afghani language here and there in the book manages to build a warmth which is both vivid and engaging.

Although it is a fictional story but the setting and political scenario is very much true which makes the story irresistible. This novel certainly ranks among the best written stories ever. Khalid Hosseini's description of Amir and Hassan's relationship is fully nuanced and provides a counterpoint to the growing sense of tension which frequently stretches to breaking point.

I highly recommend this book to everyone as it is an unforgettable, extraordinary and powerful tale.

Things To Do Before Going To A Party!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Whenever I know I've been invited to a party, function or a wedding. I make sure that everything I'm going to do that day to get ready should be pre planned. Why? Because it makes getting ready so much easier.

Outfit
First you should make sure that an upcoming occasion is a formal or a casual one. Take out, mismatch, and try your clothes and choose the ones which complements your natural skin color, rather than make you look washed out. My choices would be beige, white, yellow, pink and red. Black doesn't suit me so I haven't included it however it doesn't mean it won't look good on you.

Shoes
On casual events I rely on my extra comfy flats or pumps but if a special affair comes up, I wear stilettos or shoes with at least some heel to give a classy look. I like to match my shoes with my outfit or wear a color that is visible in my attire.

Accessories
Less is more for me because I don't fancy wearing jewelry except earrings. If I'm wearing red, beige or white, I stick to gold colored artificial jewelry whereas with black, pink, gray, yellow or purple, I wear silver jewelry.

Hair
On the day of getting ready, I use hair mask, leave in conditioner and oil serums to make my hair look sleek, frizz free and shiny. I fancy straight looks on casual occasions and wavey or curly looks on important affairs.

Makeup
My favorite part of the bunch. It's all about sporting a minimal eyes and bold lips or smokey eyes and nude lips. Practice various makeup looks before the occasion comes up so that your makeup applying is perfected and take the final plunge on the day to get ready and you'll be happy with the results. I like to wear red lips for special events and my eye makeup is always minimal whereas on casual functions I go for my face but better looks. Make sure all your items are at hand to stop unnecessary rushing.

Skincare
This step should not be ditched because it would be the sole reason behind your fresh and glowy complexion. So cleansing, toning, scrubbing, applying mask and moisturizing is very essential before you step out.

Rest
I would recommend you to have a beauty nap even for 10 to 20 minutes to keep you going before preparing for the party. This way the telltale signs of fatigue would be diminished.

In the end I always ask everyone in my family on how do I look? And make sure that I get my brothers approval even a simple uttered fine or a nod satisfies me because they know when I look great and when not! Keep everything in order and at hand.

Beauty Products Used By Both Male And Female!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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If I started a whole lecture on this topic then this subject knows no bounds. To write about the whole lot of men and women using various beauty products, I need to carry out a thorough and extensive research which I'm not ready to do. So today I will only figure out those products which I've seen myself used by both male and female.

Foundation
You may be curious as to why anyone would want to apply foundation on their face. Women's use of foundation is justified but a man is quite questionable? However I know an uncle of mine who had  serious injuries due to an accident and that accident left scars on his forehead. So to hide those marks he uses foundation everyday.

Shower Gels
One day I bought a new shower gel for myself and within a few days, I noticed the sudden low quantity of my gel without me really using it that much. I got the answer as my brother took a shower and I smelled the familiar scent of my shower gel. After he came out, he asked me to bring the same one for him as well.

Shampoos and Haircare
This is a known fact that houses with especially many inmates buy large quantity shampoos and everybody uses it regardless of their gender. Not to forget my conditioner's sizable quantity is finished within weeks. And I think it isn't hard to guess who the perts were, ofcourse my brothers.

Soaps and Toothpastes
This is used in every household by everyone.

Perfumes and Deodorants
Some days ago I saw my brother spritzing my own perfume and his perfume as well. I laughed at the hilarity of the situation and scolded him for using my worthy perfume. But he told me that mine smelled better than his.

Skincare Products
I use my scrub, face wash, toner, mask and moisturizer everyday and as much as I use it, it is also used tirelessly by my brothers. I do have that angry expression on my face when they sneak my products in the bathroom but at the end of the day I do have a good laugh and it gives me an excuse to buy various new skincare products.

Talcum Powder
This is mostly used in summers and is a cult favorite of me and my entire family to ward off any bad smell.

Lipbalms
I love lip products especially lip balms and apply them whenever I'm feeling like it or before going out. And in the other room, my brother is almost doing the same thing with my own lipbalms.

I told everything that me and my brothers both use but as a general information, the male models, actors or any male who appears on tv has a face full of makeup. You name it and its on their faces, be it mascara, kohl, face powder, concealer, lipstick, blush and God help me what not! And I think looking at a picture of Michael
Jackson even from far would confirm your suspicions. He used to be the one with a bold bright red lipstick.

Kryolan Tv Paint Stick Foundation!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

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There was a time when I didn't even own a single foundation and suddenly I had to do a fabulous makeover for my upcoming farewell that I went to my friend to ask for a foundation and she gave me this Kryolan Tv Paint Stick Foundation luckily in my shade. I was genuinely impressed by its coverage and decided to buy my own.

Price
I bought it for 970 PKR from Al Fatah.

Claims
No claims. However ingredients are included.

Shade
Ivory. It comes with a gobsmacking shade range of 250 and I was so confused that I opted for Ivory which is quite a fair shade for me but works well at night.

Packaging
Comes in a 30ml plastic stick and when you twist it from the bottom the foundation comes up. The packaging is simple and secure.

Coverage
It gives a medium to full coverage and with this you don't need to use a concealer on under eye circles but to hide pimples.

Scent
It does contain a weird chemical scent but that's fine by me.

Finish
The finish is natural and matte if you blend it with a damp sponge.

Longevity
It stayed a good 6 hours on me, after that you can notice the foundation vanishing but not completely.

My Thoughts
I use this foundation at night for parties when one can experiment with heavier coverage. This foundation is drying to work with so a damp sponge is a must and this foundation is a big no no for winters as it has a tendency to cling to my dry patches. I only use it in summers and apply it with a light hand as I don't like full coverage foundation. The good thing is it doesn't oxidize and once its set, my skin looks flawless. It can look cakey if it isn't blended properly and is not good for daylight as it looks slightly unnatural. It gives a matte finish which I don't like, I prefer dewy or semi matte foundations. So sometimes my skin does look like a wrung towel with this foundation. it isn't for dry skin beauties but would be more beneficial for oily skins. Overall I would say this is not a bad foundation and comes with an affordable price tag.

Recommendation
To oily skinned beauties.

Would I Repurchase
No

Beware of the fake Kryolan Tv Paint Stick Foundations in the market, ofcourse made by China and would be of a cheap price tag. Whereas the original ones are made in Germany with the price tag as mentioned above.

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Color Studio Professional Blush On Review!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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Would you just look at the color, isn't it gorgeous? This is what I thought when I grabbed this blush on which doesn't just look pretty but is perfect for this fall com winter weather.

Shade
104 Havana. In the picture above the blush is looking brownish orange but in real its a pretty tea pink color with orange undertones and slight shimmer.

Price
I bought this for 750 PKR from Al Fatah.

Claims
Easy to blend with foundation for any skin tone.
Long lasting effects and light weight application.

Packaging
Comes in a 13g black container with a clear lid. The packaging is nice, secure and travel friendly. I love the fact that it comes with a very reasonable quantity.

Texture
The blush is quite powdery and prone to fall out that results in a dirty pan which I abhor. However the blush is soft to touch and picks up the right amount for application.

Scent
None. A pro for sensitive noses.

Finish
It gives a beautiful copper color to the cheeks, giving a warm sunkissed look without being overpowering or orangey.

Longevity
It stayed a good five hours on me which is really good staying power in my books.

My Thoughts
This blush is really pigmented and perfect for this fall weather. It looks natural and is also good for contouring. It doesn't make me look dark or orange complexioned. It comes with an affordable price tag and amazing quality and quantity. Overall I would say this is a must have blush for autumn.

Recommendation
Go buy it, it suits every complexion especially dusky ones.

Would I Repurchase
Ofcourse, I want to try their other blushes as well.

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My Stress Busters!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

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There are days when you want to doze off in self pity and never ever want to leave the bed. But there is a system fixed in everyone's mind that knows that somehow you have to perk up and indulge in our frantic daily lives. So when this situation arises, I have somethings that keep my emotions at bay.

Drinking Tea
Tea is a beverage that really calms me and perks my saddened mood fast.

Reading Books
Rereading my favorite books is my best stress reliever and takes my mood somewhere else, probably fantasy, much better than sulking in real life!

Eating Chocolate
Take my advice and munch chocolate when you feel down as it would stop your eyes from welling up. My own experience.

Reading My Favorite Blogs
There is nothing more relieving than keeping up to date with my favorite blogs and the inspiring content and lustful makeup pictures puts a smile on my face.

Applying Makeup
I mostly do this when I'm bored or not feeling exactly joyous. The sight of my makeup boxes and cute makeup items perks up my mood and the feel of a foundation being blended into my skin is so dreamy. A makeup lover like me would understand.

Trying Outfits
Changing clothes, mismatching, and showing off my outfits to my mum, makes me forget my worries and I get lost in a world which solely means dressing up even when you know you are not going out.

Dancing
This may sound silly or you won't be ready to do this when you are feeling emotional. But believe me dancing to your favorite song, opens up those tense muscles and the mind becomes exhilarated.

Sharing
Last but not the least is sharing all those secrets, problems and panic attacks with someone else is much, much better than keeping them bottled and seething from inside.

These were my stress relievers. If you like me do any of these things as mentioned above then please enlighten me or tell about your own stress calmer?

Disappointing Products # 1

Saturday, 15 November 2014

I'm not much of a rambler nor do I find products much disappointing. However these were the items of which I really wanted to throughly tell my opinion of and to warn people not to buy resulting in a complete waste of money.

Suave Sandalwood & Cinnamon Body Lotion
As winter is approaching, our skin tends to need more moisture but this lotion seems to give me less moisture and after even massaging a pump full of this lotion, my skin still feels tight and dry. You can read the review of this lotion here 

Nivea Sparkling White Whitening Facial Scrub
After washing my face with this scrub, my skin looks and feels terribly dry and tight. Also the granules for scrubbing are almost non existent. You can read the review of this scrub  here 

Essence Home Sweet Home Blush
No doubt the double strip blusher looks pretty in the pan but in finish its a loser as it gives a rough finish than a natural one. And the powder crumbles badly. You can read the review of this blush here 

Maybelline Cake Powder
I was thoroughly disappointed when I received this powder in my online shopping parcel. The reason? God, It's terribly small. When I saw the size, I was at a complete loss for words because I wasn't expecting something this bad from Maybelline. You can read the review here 

Godrej Cinthol Soaps
Remember once I bought these soaps in  my essentials . Well they made my skin dry after use and do not lather well.

These are the items I find really disappointing and regret buying them.

Which products disappoint you?

Natural Elements Foam Bath Review!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Heck! I was in such a hurry while I was shopping that I smelled it, grabbed it and go.Silly me didn't realize that it was a foam bath, not a shower gel.However I have been using this Natural Elements Raspberry And Cranberry Foam Bath as a shower gel and surprisingly I like it.

Price
I bought it for 245 PKR from Al Fatah.

Claims
Relax and let your troubles melt away with this fabulous & fragrant foam bath.Combining the aroma of fruity Raspberry and sweet Cranberry to create the perfect relaxing experience.

Directions
Pour under warm running water.

Packaging
Comes in a simple clear plastic bottle of 750 ml with a black cap.I hate this type of packaging where you have to pour the product out.Pumps are much better, hygenic and doesn't lead to product wastage.

Scent
Oooh it's adorable.It smells exactly like raspberry and cranberry which I love.

Consistency
Not too watery and not too thick either.A good in between consistency.

My Thoughts
It comes with a cheap price and such a enormous quantity that it lasts months which is awesome.It lathers nicely, not really like a shower gel but that's fine by me.The smell is good enough to eat and makes my skin fragrant and soft.However it dries out my skin so moisturizing is a must and the scent doesn't last longer.I don't like the packaging which contributes to product wastage.Overall I would say this is a fine product for the price we pay.

Recommendation
If you are looking for a budget proof but huge quantity product, then buy it.

Would I Repurchase
No, because I'm always experimenting.

Blogs with content that has helped me in my blogging journey!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

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I've had my fair share of ups and downs while blogging, even to the extent that I thought of tuning off from my blog forever.But I'm glad I didn't because I came across such inspiring and helpful content written by some of the nicest blogs I've found to date that I had to share the love and help those new bloggers who are like me seeking for advice.

 The Lovely Prose 
Becca knows the art of blogging about beauty, lifestyle and giving advice about blogging.Here are some of the nicest posts I've found on her blog. 3 blogging lessons I never expected to learn. , The Photo Edit ,  For when you are feeling uninspired .
Now these posts are only about blogging but Becca writes a great blog with every post worth reading.

Nothin Really Fancy 
Ziva's blog is pretty impressive with fabulous pictures.She has definitely written some blogging content that has helped me a lot.Photography tips & tricks for beauty bloggers ,  Tips for writing/starting a blog ,  15 beauty blog ideas ,  Blogging on a budget ,  Blog design 101 ,  How to be organized-notebooks ,  International blogging 
These are some of the best advices I've read and Ziva's blog isn't just about giving advice.She does amazing beauty posts as well.

Sweet Electric 
You may have heard of this blog and let me tell you that Zoe's blog is an absolute gem in giving blogging advice.She writes about everything a new blogger should do and shouldn't.I can't name the posts I find helpful because I've read all the advice posts she writes and keeps writing.So I would recommend you to check/follow her blog and read what she tells you about blogging and you'll be amazed that blogging is something serious that requires effort and patience.Read this from her blog  For when you're considering quitting .

Autumn Leaves-X 
Now I don't know about the name of the girl behind this blog but believe me her blogging posts are worth reading and she keeps writing such kind of posts.Check out her blog and read. Useful sites for new/established bloggers .She writes a series on this topic that is really helpful. Why everyone needs a break sometimes , Best times to post on social media .Overall this blog is really good and helpful for new bloggers.

These were some of the bloggers whose content I find extremely helpful and are a great source of inspiration.Not only their advice is worth having to look at but the general posts they do are lovely for reading.

Which blogs do you seek for blogging advice?

Food # 2 Shami Kebabs!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

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Some days ago I made Shami Kebabs with my mother and they were so delicious that I had to share a recipe.Have a look!

Ingredients
1) Beef Mince = 1kg
2) Gram Lentils = 1/2 kg soak in water for an hour.
3) Salt = as required
4) Red Chilli Powder = 1tsp
5) Cloves = 4
6) Cinnamon = 1-2 sticks
7) Black Cardamom = 2-3
8) Cumin Seeds = 1-2 tsp
9) Onions = 4
10) Garlic = 8-10 cloves peeled and chopped
11) Green Chillies = 3-4 chopped
12) Coriander Leaves = a bunch chopped
13) Eggs = 4
14) Water = 1-2 glass

Method
1) Take a pressure cooker and put in beef mince, gram lentils(drained), salt, red chilli powder, cloves, cinnamon, black cardamom, 1 onion chopped, garlic, chopped green chillies and 1 glass water.
2) Give all of it a steam for 10 minutes.
3) Take off the lid and mix it well, then let it cool for an hour.
4) Now chop it all in a chopper.
5) Take the remaining 3 onions and cut them in small cubes.
6) Put the cubed onions, chopped coriander and cumin seeds in the mince mixture.
7) Mix it all with hands.
8) After mixing, take small portions of the mix in your hands and make a ball of about ping pong sized ball, then flatten it on your palm.It should be the size of your palm as in the picture given.
9) Whisk the eggs together.
10) Dip the kebabs in the egg, then fry it in the frying pan from both sides and serve hot with ketchup.

You should be able to make 32-36 kebabs with this recipe.Enjoy:)

Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss Review!

Monday, 3 November 2014

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Hello Everyone,
When Autumn comes, berry lips and gold eyeshadows can be seen on ramps donned by pretty models.Believe me I love the dark pout but don't have the courage to wear one myself.So I opted for a lighter version with this Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss.

Shade
15 True Love.A pretty light berry color that gives a tinge of berry with mirror shine.

Price
I bought it for 395 PKR from Al Fatah.

Claims
Ultra shiny lipgloss, moisturizing and non-sticky.It contains carmine which maybe an issue for my vegan readers.

Packaging
Comes in a sleek plastic container of 5ml with a sponge tip applicator and a shiny silver cap.The packaging is simple yet pretty.

Longevity
It lasted for 2 hours on me without eating/drinking but with eating/drinking included, it hardly lasts an hour.Tell me which lipgloss lasts like a lipstick? None!

Scent
Yum, it has a candylike almost raspberry smell which I love.

My Thoughts
I am so fond of the applicator because it helps to distribute the product evenly.The lipgloss is really moisturizing and non-sticky, even if your hair gets stuck in the gloss, believe me it wouldn't irritate you which I find really irksome about lipglosses.Even when the lipgloss vanishes, it gives a nice glossy look to the lips keeping them moist and not bared of all the color.It easily fits into my bag and doesn't leak or loosen.It does transfer but in a light shiny sort of way.For such an affordable price, it is an amazing value.

Recommendation
Buy it, wouldn't make a hole in your pocket and would serve the purpose nicely.

Would I Repurchase
Yes, I'm thinking of making a collection of all Essence Lipglosses as they're highly praised in the beauty blogosphere.

Which Essence Lipglosses you like?

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Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 1 Palette Review!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

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The famous dupe of Urban Decay Naked 1 palette is finally in my hands.Now I don't know how close their similarities are but from what's been roaming around the beauty blogosphere, I can safely say that Makeup Revolution has nailed it, not just with eyeshades but with the quality as well.

Price
I bought it for 950 PKR from an online shopping website  just4girls.pk 

Claims
No claims and no eyeshadow names but ingredients are included and this palette is designed and developed in London UK.

Packaging
The palette comes in a black sturdy casing of 14g with a transparent lid which makes eyeshadows visible from the outside.I love the packaging as it looks sleek and chic,perfectly fits into my handbag and the lid doesn't come off.

Shades
There are total 12 shades in this palette ranging from light neutral ones to more bronze ones.I love the warm undertones these eyeshades contain except the two at the right side which is a black and grayish blue type shade.This palette contains 3 matte shades and 9 shimmer ones.

Texture
They are absolutely buttery to touch except the matte ones feel a little powdery.

Pigmentation
As you can see the light shades are less pigmented and the dark ones are more pigmented however all of these shades have a good building power.They are a dream to apply, blend and smoke it to your own liking and there is very less product fall out.

Longevity
They lasted for 3 hours on my lids which isn't good in my books.However I haven't tried it with a eyeshadow primer yet.

My Thoughts
I adore the fact that I can don various eye looks with this palette and it has an array of beautiful eyeshades that can take you from day to night.It comes with a black foam applicator which I like to use because I've seen and tried worse applicators than this one.I like the shimmery eyeshades and the color pay off is awesome.This palette has certainly made my mood for wearing eyeshadows.It has an affordable price tag and amazing quality.The bad lasting power and shimmer eyeshades maybe an issue for you but not me.Overall I would say this product is a steal and worth all the hype its getting.

Recommendation
Buy it, it has much better quality than some local palettes out there.

Would I Repurchase
Yes, ofcourse and I can't wait to try the other versions as well.

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Suave Sandalwood & Cinnamon Body Lotion Review!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

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Hello Readers,
Autumn is the most awaited season but it certainly has its downsides as well.Such as it plays havoc on the hair and skin and moisturizing is a term we shouldn't be lazy about in this season so I decided to buy this Suave Sandalwood & Cinnamon Body Lotion.Let's see if it was a good buy or not.

Price
I bought it for 336 PKR from Al Fatah.

Claims
This unique formula provides delicious moisturization, leaving your skin looking beautifully moisturized.The sensual scent of Sandalwood and Cinnamon will leave your skin smelling soft and silky.

Packaging
Just a simple white plastic bottle of 532 ml with a silver pump.I favor pumps more than flip flop caps.The bottle is secure and no leakage problem.

Scent
It isn't good and isn't bad either but I don't like it much.

Consistency
God! It's abhorable.It feels like I'm literally massaging milk into my skin because the consistency is very watery.Beware while pumping out the lotion.

My Take
The claims are completely made up because it doesn't provide delicious moisturizing, it isn't a unique formula and the smell is nothing to write home about.It takes forever to sink into the skin and the moisturized effect is fair, not at all a good lotion for winters but yeah is nice for summers.I use this on my face only but it isn't suitable for using on body.You get a good quantity for such an affordable price but let me tell you I'm using this lotion a lot just to finish it quickly and to find something more worthwhile.There is one thing about this lotion that I like a lot, it has made my pimples a lot less small in size and my skin is starting to look more clear and poreless.It isn't greasy and hasn't irritated my sensitive skin.Overall I do not like this lotion because I do not enjoy applying it to my face.

Recommendation
No, its not good for winter.

Would I Repurchase
No, I'm going to buy my trusty old St Ives Lotion.

October Favorites!

Friday, 31 October 2014

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Boy oh boy, October has gone by so quickly, time definitely flies.Autumn has rather been a gem season because I can see my acne scars ebbing away and my mood is gradually becoming more jolly.And you know what I mean by jolly, It means I'm making an effort with applying  makeup and this month has been an exception.So here is a list of my October Favorites.

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 1 Eyeshadow Palette

I can't tell you how much I've fallen in love with this palette.It is the perfect combination of bronze and gold eyeshadows that compliment each other beautifully and keep fulfilling my neutral eyeshadow cravings.My most used are the two gold ones and I use the black eyeshadow to smoke things up a bit.Keep your eyes glued for a review of this palette.

Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner

I don't apply eyeliner much but this one gives such a pretty look.Even when it dries, it doesn't lose its shine and I smudge it to vamp things up a bit and the result is beyond good.You can read the review of this eyeliner on my blog  here 

Garnier BB Cream Light

I'm liking the dewy complexion this BB gives because Autumn is all for the glowy complexion.I've started liking this product much more than I used to before.You can read the review of this product on my blog  here 

Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss 15 True Love

I absolutely adore the look of a dark berry lip but doesn't have the confidence to knock it off because it adds ages to my face, believe me.So I have opted for a light berry lip and Essence Lipgloss gives the perfect berry tinge I need.A great value for such an affordable price.Keep your eyes peeled for a review on this.

What are your favorites for this month?

How to make sure your blog photos look pretty!

Friday, 24 October 2014

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Photography is the most important factor of your blog and it is the only feature that makes your blog stand out.If your writing style is good but poor photography, nobody would want to read what you've written.However if both of these elements are well conducted then people would head over to read what you've written even if it contains a lengthy detail.I'm no blogging or photography expert but searching on the internet for innumerable hours hasn't been fruitless as I definitely have learned a thing or two to share.

Don't Use Flash
Take my advice and don't go to the darkest corner of your house to take photos with flash and more importantly stop being satisfied with those crappy pictures.Flash absolutely disrupts the natural beauty of a picture and gives it a fake artificial look which people I know abhor to look at , I do myself.

Do We Need DSLR
Everybody is talking about DSLR these days, so what? Be thankful of what you have and use the camera in hand.I use my mobile to take pictures which has a 5 MP camera and believe me it takes fairly good photos.It's actually the person who takes good photos, not the camera.Try to make the most of your camera's capacity.

Sunlight
Make sure the place where you are taking pictures is aflood with natural sunlight.Now I'm not telling you to take photos in the sunlight as it looks bad but take photos where there is enough of sunlight streaming in.Natural light as sunlight brings out the beauty of your pictures and keeps them looking natural and less grainy.

Props
There maybe some cosmopolitan, vogue or allure magazines lying somewhere.Use them as backgrounds for your pictures rather than letting them wither away in dust.Flowers make really great props and make the pictures look beautiful.Also if you have a pretty rug or a simple white bedding, use them as they tend to give your pictures a nice background.My advice would be to keep everything white,simple and use less busy backgrounds.Please don't take pictures on the grass as it gives a boring and bad effect.Simplicity is the best policy.

Space
When taking pictures, don't clutter them together but put them apart, in different angles, give them space to make them more noticeable for people.Also keeping space between your items helps to give a clean and clear look.

Fiddle With ISO
ISO is mostly in cameras even my mobile has this option, don't use the auto but rather use the modes to your own liking.I play around between 400 to 800 mode as these modes tend to make the pictures brighter and balance out the dark.These modes balance out the noise in the pictures and also set the lighting.

Editing
I edit my pictures with my mobile, not a very effective way of editing but I find it quick and easy.If your pictures are dark then set them with the exposure filter, avoid using brightness filter as it tends to dull and whiten the pictures rather then brightening them from within.If your pictures are looking dull then use the saturation filter to add color to your photos.If your pictures are overly bright set them with the contrast filter.Please in the end do sharpen the pictures with the sharpen filter as it clears the pictures.Don't go overboard with these filters as sometimes they can give a overly edited look to pictures.Keep everything natural and simple.

Editing Tools
Ulead, Adobe Photoshop,picmonkey, befunky and Microsoft photo manager are great tools for editing your pictures and have more effective filters than a mobile has.

Photo Inspiration
To take photos like they've just landed from a vogue magazine.We need inspiration and in order to take inspiration, read blogs with gorgeous pictures so that you have a little know how of, how to take good pictures? If you are into fashion blogging then read good fashion blogs and if you are a beauty blogger like me then look at some of my suggestions for photo inspiration.below.

So these were my tips to make your blog photos look good.I hope you liked this post and if you find this post helpful then please let me know in the comments.Happy Blogging:)

 Bed In The Kitchen 
 London Beauty Queen 
 The Lovely Prose 
 The Sunday Girl 
 Gyudy Notes Of Beauty 
 Unstitchedd 

This Girl Ciannuo Blush Review!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Hello Readers,
You'll be looking at this picture and would be wondering how pretty this blush looks.No doubt it looks really appealing but believe me all that clicks is not always good." My own quote ".

Price
I bought it for 225 PKR from Al Fatah.

Claims
Too small to read except the phrase sweet pink love blusher, no ingredients are mentioned.

Shade
No 03.A very pretty pink shade however looks slightly scary in the pan.

Packaging
Comes in a plastic light pinkish container with a clear lid.Not at all travel friendly as the lid is very insecure.Very cheap looking blush and I absolutely detest the sight of it.However it comes with a mirror and a brush which I have not taken picture of "silly me".

Texture
Very powdery and crumbly.Whenever I swipe my brush in the pan even with a light hand,powder falls everywhere
and the pan looks really dirty.Not at all finely milled however the blush is very much pigmented so please don't be generous while applying.

Finish
It doesn't give a smooth appearance rather it gives a chalky and rough finish which doesn't look natural at all.

Scent
None

My Thoughts
I bought this blush solely because of the color as I thought it would give a nice healthy color to my cheeks but the truth was a little different.It gives a bright pink appearance that doesn't look natural and smooth at all.Sadly I travelled with this blush in my bag and afterwards while rummaging through my bag I found it to be broken with the lid taken off.The blush is not soft to touch and crumbs appear whenever touched.No doubt its cheap as chips,comes with a mirror and a brush but doesn't fulfill the purpose it was initially purchased for.Lesson learned put more money and buy a reasonable blush.

Recommendation
To no one, not even me.

Would I Repurchase
No

The One Lovely Blog Award Again!

Now I was nominated by Taylor Sheldon from  anotherfashionfanatic.blogspot.com  before than Lauren O'Rourke from  littlelo16.blogspot.com  nominated me.And I suddenly remembered my nomination from Taylor and decided to do this award again.Huge thanks to Taylor Sheldon for nominating me and apologies for not doing this post on time.I was busy Taylor,I hope you understand.
Now on to the business.

The Rules
* Add the Award logo as above.
* Add these set of rules.
* Write 7 facts about yourself.
* Thank the person who nominated you and leave their blog link.
* Nominate 15 other blogs and leave their blog links.
* Inform the nominees that they've been selected.
* Inform the person who nominated you once you do this post.
* Follow the person who nominated you on GFC and Bloglovin.

7 Facts About Myself

1) My favorite subject is English.

2) I'm a book worm.

3) The first story book I read was Leap Of Faith by Danielle Steele.

4) I love foundations,I don't need them as I have a good skin but the look of those beige glass bottles turn me on.

5) My favorite cartoon character is Tweety.

6) I bite my nails whenever I'm in a deep thought.

7)I hate people who talk about someone in hushed voices with that same person looking at them.

My Nominees Are

Elena Biscardi
 elder-berry.blogspot.com 
Gyudy  gyudynotesofbeauty.blogspot.com 
Maddy  unstitchedd.blogspot.com 
Joksie  wearemonochrome.blogspot.co.uk 
Darleen Marie  darleenmarie.blogspot.co.uk 

These were my nominees.Thanks again Taylor for nominating me.

The One Lovely Blog Award!

Hi Readers,
I was nominated for The One Lovely Blog Award by Lauren O'Rourke from littlelo16.blogspot.com.A huge thanks to you Lauren for nominating me.I really apologize for being a little late in doing this post as I was kinda busy and such posts take real effort to do.However let's get crackin'.

The Award Rules:-
* Add the logo as above.
* Add these set of rules.
* Add seven facts about yourself.
* Thank the person who nominated you and leave their blog link.
*Nominate 15 other bloggers and leave their blog links.
* Inform the nominees that they've been selected.
* Follow the person who nominated you on bloglovin and GFC.

7 Facts About Me

1)I love to pop my pimples because I absolutely hate the sight of them.

2)My favorite singer is Dido.She has a beautiful voice.

3)I love chocolates.I can eat them anytime and anywhere.

4)I hate Maths and I don't know why it came into being.

5)My mother has to force me off the internet, I'm that addictive.

6)I feel annoyed when I'm beauty shopping and a sales girl comes along to inquire what I want to buy because I want free reign to check everything myself.

7)My all time favorite movie is My Diary by Barbie,I know It's too kiddo for me but I enjoy watching it.

My Nominees Are
Taylor Sheldon anotherfashionfanatic.blogspot.com 
Shannon  essentiallyshannon.blogspot.com 
London Beauty Queen
 www.londonbeautyqueen.com 
N  ownandbecome.blogspot.co.uk 
Rose Monique  black&white-rose.blogspot.com 
Saskia  saskiaalicebeauty.blogspot.co.uk 
Emma  haveacupofteax.blogspot.co.uk 
Emily
   lifeofemilyyx.blogspot.com 
Kelsey Dadmun  kelseybeauty.blogspot.com 
Angelica P  onelittlevice.blogspot.com 
Pretty Perfect
 prettyperfectxoxo.blogspot.co.uk 
Katie Louise  katielouise-x.blogspot.co.uk 
Camille   cococami.blogspot.co.uk 
Rachel Marie  rachelcoco.blogspot.co.uk 
Krithi Tm  itskrisworld.blogspot.in 

Phew! These were my nominees.Thanks again Lauren  littlelo16.blogspot.com .I enjoyed doing this post.

Bath & Body Works Body Cream Review!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014



This adorable looking Bath & Body Works Paris Amour Body Cream was gifted to me by a friend of mine.I was pleasantly surprised because Bath & Body Works is certainly a company that's hard to find and is quite expensive for my pocket.

Price
Now I'm not familiar with the price but it definitely would be under 1400 to 1600 PKR.

Claims
Fortified with our exclusive triple moisture complex of conditioning milk proteins, hydrating rice bran oil and protective acai berry extract, our Signature Triple Moisture Body Cream provides deep, 24 hour moisture that softens even the driest skin.Our non greasy formula deeply conditions, leaving skin moisturized, fragrant and more beautiful than ever before.

Packaging
Bath & Body Works always come up with appealing packaging which bewitches you to buy it just because it looks beautiful.However it comes in a 226g tube " I love tubes " with a pink flip flop cap.No leakage, travel friendly and expensive looking which always comes as a bonus to show off."JOKING"

Range Name
Paris Amour

Scent
It's claimed to be inspired by French tulips, apple blossoms and sparkling pink champagne.In my opinion the scent is creamy, tangy and musky with a hint of apples.I absolutely love the smell and it's very long lasting.

Consistency
It is the perfect in between consistency that is neither too thick nor too watery.It quickly vanishes upon application and a little amount goes a long way.

My Thoughts
I had this cream for quite a long time and still it's going strong.I love how it makes my skin look young, radiant and healthy.However I've noticed pimples appearing on my face due to its usage and also when I apply it to my face my eyes become teary and watery.So I've stopped using it on my face and use it on my body only.There it does a good job of moisturizing and its quick sinking quality makes it an ideal body cream.It really moisturizes the driest of skin and doesn't leave dampness on my clothes.It prolongs the wear of my perfume and keeps me smelling nice all day.Overall It's a great body cream but not for my face and quite an expensive buy.

Recommendation
If you can afford it, then buy it.

Would I buy it
Maybe

Essence Sun Club Eyeshadow Palette Review!

Monday, 20 October 2014





My eye makeup is always very minimal and sometimes I just avoid wearing it.However having palettes to play with sounds good to me and when I spotted this cute palette, I grabbed it and let's see how it performed in my books.

SHADE:-
01 South Beach

PRICE:-
I bought it for 590 PKR from Al Fatah.

CLAIMS:-
8 long lasting,trendy eyeshadow colors including applicator.

PACKAGING:-
The palette is laid in a clear plastic packaging and you can see the eyeshades from the outside.I like Essence packaging as one gets to see the product and also gives a neat and clean impression.The palette is secure,travel friendly due to its small size and pretty to look at.Also it comes with a small applicator that is foam from one side and brush from the other.

COLORS:-
The palette has total 8 shades in which 5 are shimmery neutral ones whereas the other 3 are shimmery blue ones.The neutral shades are very shimmery in the pan but the blues are pearly ones.There is no matte shade in this palette.

PIGMENTATION:-
These colors have poor pigmentation and do not have a good building power except the two blue ones.

SCENT:-
None

LONGEVITY:-
They lasted for 2 hours on me with foundation and powder,my lids tend to get oily but not too oily.However I'm very disappointed with the lasting power but haven't tried it with a eyeshadow primer yet.

MY THOUGHTS:-
The applicator does a good job of applying and blending the eyeshadows however I've noticed too much product fall out and some shades are not buttery to feel but are rather stiff and tacky to touch especially the blue ones.They aren't buildable and the shade golden is hardly visible when applied.The shades turn to subtle shimmer when blended and I like the fact that they give a natural finish.My most used shades are the two at the right side.I can chuck the palette into my bag and go.However I'm thoroughly disappointed about the lasting power and the poor pigmentation of the shades so frequent touch ups are a must.Overall I would say this has better quality than some local palettes out there and not to forget the cheap price.

RECOMMENDATION:-
To those who do not want to spend much on a eyeshadow palette.

WOULD I REPURCHASE:-
No, but I would like to buy the Essence Nightclub Eyeshadow Palette.

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The Cold Edit!

Saturday, 18 October 2014



Winter is in the air,I can feel it as the days are generally getting colder and my mobile is constantly giving weather reports that the temperature is getting lower day by day.

Believe me winter hasn't arrived yet but the cold is taking a toll on my mood and in order to make the most of this weather and to survive it like a happy girl I've mentioned some things below that would keep my winter blues at bay.

Drinking Coffee:-
I really need something to warm up my body and calm down my nerves.Coffee is the beverage that keeps me warm,makes me happy,talkative and alive.

Reading Books:-
Lounging in the sun with a book in hand is the most cherished moment of my day.And winter gives the perfect opportunity so I gotta go and buy some books for myself.

Moisturizing:-
No doubt I'm lazy at this but sometimes the thought of creamy lotions and potions really makes my mood for moisturizing my hands,feet and body.It takes time but it's worth it as I smell nice and even the spritz of a perfume stays longer.

Wearing my coziest outfit:-
There's nothing enjoyable than wearing my pyjamas,shirt and socks.After popping these on I can really spend the winter like a happy girl.

Fragrance:-
I need something that smells creamy,nutty,coconuty and above all floral.So my search for these types of scents is still on and I can't wait to grab it whether It's a perfume,shower gel,a body mist or a lotion.

These are the items or call it my "mood changers" I certainly need to spend these cold days that are just around the corner.I want to prepare myself before they arrive.



What are your winter essentials?