Elle Files

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Glossier products in box shipped to uk
I've been eager to get my hands on Glossier's covetable offering ever since their launch in 2014. So when I got to know a friend from US was visiting India and another friend from India was travelling back to the UK, I jumped at the opportunity and ordered some goodies. There was a lot of correspondence and co-ordinating involved and I received the products after waiting for three months! If only I had discovered MyMallBox any sooner, I wouldn't have gone through all this trouble.

MyMallBox is a mail forwarding service based in the tax-free state of Delaware. Once you sign up to their website, they assign you a US postal address (a suite number that is unique to you), which you can use when shopping from international websites. When they approached me to test their service, I was a little sceptical because I've heard horror stories of lost packages, huge shipping costs and inefficacious customer service. However, in the name of experimentation, I decided to place an order from Glossier.


1) Once you add the products to the basket, enter the address assigned to you by MMB in the shipping details. Don’t forget to include the suite number.
2) For the billing details, I entered my UK address and left the State and Zip Code slots blank.
3) I filled in my UK phone number for the billing address.
4) I used a 20% discount code from Tamira Jarrel, so my order came up to $64. 
5) Glossier only accept credit cards and your order will be declined if you use a debit card.
6) I placed the order on March 9th and the package reached MMB’s warehouse on March 16th.  Glossier provide tracking service, so there’s very little chance of your package getting lost.
7) Once the package reached the warehouse, MMB sent me a mail notifying that it was ready to be shipped. If you have multiple packages, you can ask them to consolidate it or repack it into a smaller box for free. This is a great way to save on shipping costs.
8) The shipping charges are based on the weight and dimensions of the package. My package weighed 1.50 lbs and the dimensions are 8.00 x 3.00 x 10.00
9) There are three shipping options to choose from - USPS ePACKET is the most cost effective one, but there’s no tracking provided. USPS Airmail is still inexpensive but comes with limited tracking. I opted for DHL Express - it's slightly expensive but they deliver in 3-5 working days. I paid 35$ through Paypal. (In total I spent 64 + 35 = $99)
10) I received a confirmation mail with a tracking link. They shipped the package on March 20th and I received it on the 22nd.  Right from placing an order to it being delivered, it took 13 days. 13 DAYS! - That’s incredibly quick considering how long some UK retailers take to dispatch items.
11) I was dreading the custom charges as any goods imported into the UK over the value of £15 are liable to import VAT. Thankfully I didn't have to pay any. 

Glossier products in box shipped to ukGlossier products in box shipped to uk
The whole process is fairly straightforward and hassle free. However, I must mention that not all websites ship to MMB – Sephora didn’t let me check out. Also, there was a glitch when processing my order and I had to wait a whole weekend before getting it sorted. Though I got a prompt reply from the customer care, I felt the response was very curt and didn't fully answer my query. I'm definitely nit-picking here, but apart from these minor gripes, I'm very pleased with their service. They keep you informed every step of the way and the best part is there are no hidden costs.

MMB STORE CREDIT:  If you are looking to place an order from Glossier or any other US retailer, you can use this MMB reference link to sign up for a $5 account credit. 

GLOSSIER STORE CREDIT: I also have a $10 store credit from Glossier, all you have to do is follow my husband's Instagram account and leave your Instagram & Email Id in the comments section below and I'll mail it to you. 

In partnership with MyMallBox. 
Somebody once told me that if you want to achieve something, you have to put it out there into the universe. And I’m doing precisely that with this rather adventurous endeavour. I’ve been thinking about it for years and I’ve only just found the courage to do it. I’m doing this for two reasons - one is because I love talking about beauty and two being that there are very few brown, Asian women in the YouTube space. 

Also, most importantly, I’m doing this in the spirit of acceptance of self. Filming a video barefaced for the whole world to see is disproportionately scary, but also equally liberating. I wanted to keep the video as real as possible, so I’ve done a barely-there makeup look that’s been my go-to for years. I’ve used a mix of old favourites and some new discoveries – all listed in the description box. It’s been a rather cathartic experience and I hope you enjoy the quick three-minute video that’s taken me over 24 hours to film, edit and upload.

Paris in winter is stark and beautiful. It’s also magical and quintessential. Maybe even a bit manic. Last weekend R and I took off to explore this enchanting wonderland for the second time. No matter how many times you visit, the city inevitably draws you into its charming aura. I’m not too fussed about makeup when I’m travelling, but I wanted to look put-together while gallivanting around the city, so I packed a few of my current favourites.

Glossier Priming Moisturiser// A pretty basic moisturiser that wears well under makeup. It's lightweight, absorbs quickly, and doesn't leave a greasy feeling behind. It’s not very hydrating so I always layer this over a serum or mix it with a few drops of the Pai Rosehip Oil. I reckon this will be a great summer moisturiser, but for the winter months my skin needs something more rich and emollient.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (dark)// I don’t wear a foundation/tinted moisturiser on a day-to-day basis because it feels like an unnecessary additional step. But the Skin Tint has become my go-to option for days when my skin needs a little pick-me-up. Once blended in, it looks completely imperceptible on the skin. It feels a lot like Mac Face & Body foundation, but with much less pigment and coverage.

Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher// I forgot to include the concealer in the picture but my current favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher in the shade Medium. Offers a wee bit more coverage than le famed Touché Éclat. The salmon pink undertone counteracts any discolouration and brightens up the under eye area. It's not long-wearing by any means, but it’s perfect for a barely-there look.

Tom Ford Soleil Bronzer (Terra)// I ummed and ahhed for a long time before buying this bronzer and I’m happy to report that it has proven itself worthy of staple status. It provides a sheer, luminous finish and the cool undertone is perfect for subtle sculpting. The powder is so finely milled that blending is seamless and relatively patch-free.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows// This brow mascara in the shade Cara is a great slap and dash option. It provides a soft, flexible hold without stiffening up the brows. The wispy brush deposits the right amount of pigment and is great for creating brushed up, bushy brows – a look that I absolutely love!

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine// I wore a red lipstick on pretty much all days in the hopes of channelling some insouciant charm that French women possess. Rouge Coco Shine in the shade Dialogue is a beautiful ruby red that doesn't look overpowering when paired with a smudgy, smoky eye look. The formula is peerless; it's highly moisturising with a luminous finish. 

Diorshow Mascara// My stubby lashes have a tendency to disappear in photos, so I'm very reliant on mascaras to make my eyes look wide open. The Diorshow Mascara is a semi-favourite as I'm still on the fence about its volumising claims. While it does a good job of lengthening without clumping, I prefer something that offers more va-va-voom volume. 
Paris, the city of love is famous for its boulangeries, pop-up eateries and pharmacies selling French skincare. While all this adds to the allure of the city, the real charm lies in the quaint apothecaries hidden in the tiny bylanes of the French capital. On this trip to Paree, I stumbled upon two charming beauty boutiques that take personalisation to a whole new level.

Buly 1803: Tucked away in the bustling sixth arrondissement, Buly feels as if it belongs to another era. Dark wood cabinets with rows of lotions and potions make the store seem otherworldly. They offer artisanal products like fragrances, candles, soaps and flavoured toothpastes made from natural ingredients. While the products fall on the luxury side of the spectrum, they are worth the splurge because everything is truly one-of-a-kind. The peerless chic packaging combined with delicious smelling products make them all the more desirable. From grooming kits to natural skincare, there’s something on offer for everyone.

BULY 1803
6 rue Bonaparte
+331 43 29 02 50

Nose: I could feel my olfactive senses come alive the moment I stepped into Nose. This chic boutique is filled with intricate apothecary bottles and avant-garde fragrances from all over the world. Nose’s digital diagnostic tool makes it easy to find your signature fragrance with a few simple steps. The whole process takes 40 minutes and you are given samples of your preferred fragrances. While I didn’t have that much time to spare, I fell head-over-heels in love with a perfume (Malin & Goetz’s Dark Rum) just by going through their exhaustive collection. Apart from fragrances, there’s a vast selection of room sprays, candles, and diffusers by popular brands like Odin, Diptyque and Cire Trudon.

20 rue Bachaumont
01 40 26 46 03 

Aesop: I’m cheating by including Aesop in this list but a standalone Aesop store is what my dreams are made of. While I love shopping online, the joy of walking into a brick-and-mortar beauty store is unparalleled. Located in the iconic hilltop village of Montmartre, this spacious store offers a floor-to-ceiling selection of skincare and haircare. The industrial-chic metal fixtures and reclaimed wood shelves brimming with amber-hued bottles is all a sight to behold. Aesop’s allure lies not only in its monochrome packaging, but also its beautiful formulations. I’ve long been a fan of their Parsley Seed Mask and Geranium Leaf Body Balm, so I took this opportunity to stock up on my favourites.

15 Rue des Abbesses
 I’m back after a long break and my only excuse for the prolonged absence is being completely consumed by the self-doubt bug. Now that I’m back, I hope to take every day as it comes and see where this goes.

Dressing Table And Makeup Collection
On a more positive note, I’m really excited to show you my new dresser. It’s a wooden chest of drawers that doubles as my vanity table. I spent hours trawling the Internet looking for the perfect home to store my beauty essentials and this birchwood table was love at first sight. I felt it complemented the wooden flooring quite beautifully. However, finding the perfect mirror proved to be more difficult than I thought - they were either too heavy or didn't fit into the aesthetic of the room. Though I wanted an antique brass mirror, I’m happy I settled for a more a minimalistic one. The circular shape adds a touch of modernity to the room.

We moved into our new flat at the beginning of the year and I took this opportunity to clear out my makeup collection. I downsized my entire collection to fit into one small drawer and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. I got rid of everything that I hadn’t used in a year and gave some away to friends. There’s nothing more cathartic than whittling down your beauty products to the essentials. What's left behind is a streamlined and cohesive collection of all the things I simply can't do without.

Dressing Table And Makeup Collection

Dressing Table And Makeup Collection

Dressing Table And Makeup Collection

Dressing Table And Makeup Collection

At the risk of sounding like I'm bragging - I've always had naturally long and healthy hair. The kind of hair that didn't require any upkeep other than regular shampooing and conditioning. Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Sadly, after I moved to London, things took a turn for the worse. The hard water made my hair dry and frizzy – a complete turnabout from my shiny-hair-don't-care days. Apart from looking lank, I had terrible hair fall too– my heart sank every time I saw clumps of hair in the drain or stuck to the brush. For a while I ignored it thinking my hair needed time to adjust to the hard water (how foolish!) but it kept getting worse.

To salvage the situation, I started looking for hair-restoring products that were free of chemicals. After what feels like never-ending rounds of trial and error, I've finally found a simple routine that my hair is happy with. The Davines OI shampoo is intensely moisturising and lathers up quite nicely for a sulphate-free formula. While I felt it was a little drying at first, it took my scalp close to two months to get used to it. Featuring a cocktail of nourishing ingredients like roucou and sunflower seed oil, this shampoo works to repair cellular damage without stripping the hair of natural oils.

While it costs a small fortune, a little goes a long way with this one (the 280 ml bottle lasts me four months). Funnily enough, I had already found a conditioner that did wonders for my limp and lifeless mane, so I didn't buy the corresponding OI conditioner. The Percy & Reed Foaming Masque was love at first use – the foaming mask comes out like a mousse and needs to be applied in sections. I don't always do that but it works nevertheless! It cuts the blow-drying time in half and adds major volume. It really plumps up the volume and makes the hair appear fuller and healthier. I've gone through three bottles of these and they are a serious quick fix if you want bouncy hair.

Since I have fine hair, I refrain from using too many styling products. The only two products in my current rotation are the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray and OUAI Finishing Creme´. Housed in a sleek, white tube, the Finishing Cremé acts as a moisturiser, while protecting the hair from heat styling products. I apply it to the lengths of my hair to keep it nourished and hydrated. Sometimes, I apply a tiny blob to third day hair to tame frizz and add shine. A multipurpose must-have!

I also occasionally use the Dry Texturising Spray to add some grit and texture to the hair. Part hairspray and part dry shampoo, this product is perfect for creating a lived-in look. Since taking the above picture, I've also acquired the OUAI Treatment Masque. Packaged in individual sachets (clever!), this masque is reserved for days when I need a dose of hydration. The rich and creamy formula hydrates the hair without weighing it down.  
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