Month: November 2014

Battling Head Cold – Health & Beauty Edition

Last Friday I was down with a head cold, and felt like utter crap! Firstly let me tell you some of my symptoms: felt like I was run over by Optimus Prime, dint want to walk, dint want to talk, no human interaction, just sleep away like a hibernating zombie, felt like Metallica was playing a head banging concert in my head which hurt, irritated and sore throat leading to congested nasal track.


Health: I’m the kinda person who hates medication because everything thereafter tastes like poop. Having said that, I shoved down some Mucinex (but of course take medication that you know works for you) with warm water. Hand in hand with lots of bed rest, consumption of clean food (I mean no processed food), and minimal exercise like walking around the house. My kryptonite for cold or flu or any sickness is a steaming hot shower or lavender soak bath to thoroughly cleanse myself (more psychologically) and steam opens up congested nasal tracks. Blow my nose away to glory until I can breathe through my nose and not my mouth. In saying so, be careful to not blow aggressively which increases risk of damaging your ear drum. Another fantastic product I discovered through my doc was NeilMed Sinus Rinse to clear congestion. More user friendly compared to Neti pot but with fabulous results.

Now that I feel cleansed what do I do with my shit looking face:


Skin Battle – Temporary sickness has made my skin look awful, grey, pale, mucussed out (don’t know if that is even a legit term), lack luster, majorly dehydrated and makeup went on rubbish. Post hot shower I thoroughly moisturize every inch of my skin.

Cleanse & Tone – Andalou Natural Apricot Probiotic Cleanser followed by some Avalon Organics Vitamin C toner.

Moisture – Priori Barrier Repair Complex on my skin and Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream near nose (constant blowing nose made skin tender).

Lips – Incredibly dry like lizards skin (because with congested nose I breathe through my mouth resulting in mega dry lips) I used Malin & Goetz Lip Moisturizer.

Makeup – light coverage Rodial BB Cream with cream blush – Bobbi Brown Blush Rose.

After all this I received lots of TLC from husband which made me all better. He worked from home to look after me…..Aww


Coffee Table Photo Books

As some of you know I recently moved to Chicago and redecorating a new place is always exciting. We’ve seen plenty of photo books with beautiful locations, homes etc. But I wanted some photo books that strike a chord with very basic deep rooted human emotions. I rediscovered some very old photo books from the M.I.L.K Project. The M.I.L.K Project stands for Moments of Intimacy, Love & Kinship. I have Love, Friendship and Humanity books on my coffee table. The pictures are truly worth a thousand words and they move me. I will leave you with some beautiful pictures from the book.

(Courtesy: M.I.L.K Project Books – Please note these are pictures I’ve taken from the book, hence I’m not doing any justice to them so go by the emotion it is representing).


Click on them for larger image.

Birchbox – November 2014

Before I say anything, I want to say out aloud I love this month’s box!

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amika Dry Shampoo – yet to try but packaging is super cute!

Dr. Jart + Ceramidin Cream – this is a great dupe for Priori Barrier Repair Complex, very lightly fragranced and easily absorbed in skin. Considering a full size purchase.

Gilchrist & Soames – what…why Birchbox? This was one sample that seemed like a complete cop out with no effort. Mehhh but who doesnt use a body wash?! The scent of this body wash would be an acquired taste, not my cuppa!

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive – I was really looking forward to this one in particular, I have been curious about this product for a while. World knows I’m an AHA junkie so this product ticks all boxes ingredients wise. On application no tingling sensation on my skin, it felt tight as it dried but not uncomfortable at all. When I washed my face with cold water my skin was red which barely lasted for 3-4mins. Very curious to try the full strength one.

the Balm Cindy Lou-Manizer – little goes a very long way! Love using this as a highlighter when I’m wearing peachy toned blush.

Yet to devour the delicious sample of Almond Butter.

Did you Like or Love your box this month?

Happy Weekend my lovelies …..


Power of Red Lips

Let’s play a word association game. When someone says the word “red lips” to you what is the first thing that comes to your mind.

In my head several words emerge such as sexy/sexual, powerful, alluring, empowering, seduction, sophisticated, deceiving, classic, statement, hot, passionate, love, attention, and many more. Over the years we have seen or read endless posts or articles on how to choose a perfect red, which skin tone should go for bluish red or orangey red….blah blah blah. I for one, don’t want to refer to rule books to define what and how to use this color. I believe if you’re confident and poised enough to pull off the look, so be it.

Having said all of that, these are some of my personal favorites red lipsticks. I adore them for number of reasons, such as how it makes me feel, evokes wonderful memories…and list could go on.

Red Lipsticks

(From left to right)

Flormar D40 (Turkish Brand) – My work red, sheer finish and not in your face but subtly hinting I like red lips.

Mac Hot TahitiDitto above.

Estee Lauder After Hours Red – Christmas….thats all I think of. This shade has some shimmer to it which gives it wonderful dimension. The red is more on pinkish end. 

Mac Lady Danger – Notorious, irresponsible riot is all I think of when I wear this lipstick. Loud, orangey red, completely in your face. Unapologetically screams for attention.

Mac Russian Red – Ah this one would be classic red with a pop of brightness. Love this color, classic red but on my skin tone it looks bright but perfect! I think absolutely anyone can work the heck out of this shade.

Chambor 704 – easy to pull off with slight bricky tone to it. This lipstick gives minty sensation when applied to lips straight from bullet. Again absolutely anyone can pull it off.

NYX Hero – for me this is a classic red – poster girl type red, screams old school elegance and sophistication. So creamy on application, this lipstick is an absolute steal at its price.

Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb – Cheap as chips, great pigmentation. Intense dark cherry when I feel fierce.

So tell me, what are your favorite red lipsticks? How do you feel when you use red lipsticks?