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Friday, 31 March 2017

Dewy, Hydrated Skin Essentials

I’m fixated with the premise that hydrated skin is healthy skin, so I’ve rounded up my favourite hydrators that soothe, nourish and brighten the skin while imparting a dewy (never oily) glow.

I love everything about the Kypris range, from the beautiful packaging to the thoughtfully made products. The Kypris Antioxidant Dew is a great, lightweight serum that leaves the skin feeling cosseted and smooth. I’ve been using it for over four months now, and my skin has never looked more even and balanced. This milky serum boosts moisture levels and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day. Packed with 26 active natural ingredients, this has become a potent layering option in my skincare wardrobe.
Another brilliant offering from Kypris is the Moonlight Catalyst. It’s a mild retinol alternative with pumpkin and peach enzymes to resurface skin. I typically reach for this on days when my skin feels a bit sallow and dull. I’ve used this a little longer than the Antioxidant Dew, and I’ve seen a vast improvement in the texture of my skin. I have milia on my cheeks, and this has helped to keep those pesky things at bay.

My current favourite moisturiser is the simple and unfussy January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion. Formulated without preservatives, parabens or fragrances, this moisturiser is designed to hydrate, and restore the skin's natural protective barrier. It’s wonderfully light, leaves the skin soft, and I like that it comes in a handy tube. It has a slightly runny consistency but sinks in swiftly without leaving a greasy layer behind. I mix it with the Becca Backlight Priming Filter to add a veil of hydration and glow to the face.
Another hydrator in my current rotation is the Glossier Priming Moisturiser. The texture of this one is almost soft and pillowy, which makes it an absolute delight to use. It’s hydrating without sitting too heavily on the skin. Packed with skin-benefiting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, mushroom extract and vitamins A, C, and E, this one preps and primes skin perfectly for foundation application.

Glossier’s Moisturising Moon Mask has fast become the star of my skincare routine. I crack this one out at least twice a week; I use it as an overnight mask or layer it over a serum as a night cream if my skin is feeling particularly dry. It has a light, cloudy consistency that feels amazing on the skin. I’ve been using it consistently for a few months now, and it always leaves my skin feeling plump and radiant. This is such a good all-around performer.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

How To Ship Glossier To UK ft. MyMallBox

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 that 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. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Get Ready With Me//Video

 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.


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Beauty Essentials I Packed For Paris

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. 
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