Apr 28, 2012

VertAddiction - Currently Addicted to Green Tea

Confession - I do not drink Tea. Never. And I might NEVER drink it.

It all started when I was 2 year old and super delighted with the small white china cups from which Mom-Dad used to had their Tea. Well I also wanted to sip from those little cups like they did but Ma realized it was too hot for me. Instead she told me - Its very hot so you will burn your skin. I guess I loved to take care of my skin from then and I never even asked to for tea even as I wanted to have to cups...later Dad allowed to play with those cups but only under supervision so that I do not hurt myself or break them!

Those words are so etched on my mind that I never even thought of drinking tea again. Well it has its own benefits - I do not need a tea to wake me up, I can jump, run, play even in the evening without a cup of tea and I never complain that I have headache because I skipped my particular-time tea! BTW my whole family is addicted to tea. When the whole family is together - Tea is brewing in a pot 24x7! And yes, I also get those looks from my cousins now - How are you alive without tea? You do not have a Mojo!

Now last year around October, I was in a hunt of the dupe of L`Occitane en Provence Cherry Blossom. In fact a person who could dupe it for me! Anyways, I asked one shopkeeper about cleaner smells and he showed me Elizabeth Arden Green Tea! My nose has stopped working by then after trying so many perfumes. I was with my mom (who BTW is herself a Tea addict) and so, I asked her and she was all like Yes! Yes! Buy this! (Later I found it was because she was missing her 4 pm tea!) Luckily, I got this because whenever I apply this everyone in my home is like - Is someone making some special kind of tea? Who is making green tea? Yummm and all come to peek in the kitchen!! Even my Dad once commented about the smell (when he had already checked in that no one was making Tea) - Is it something you applied? I thought someone is making Tea for me! It smells soo good!

Yes...pure Tea addicts!

Anyway, thought I might never drink tea, I got addicted to the smell of the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea but it does not last long. I wanted a new smell for summer as I bored with cocoa butter smell by now. So, recently end up buying a lot of stuff with the same smell for layering. Ohhh yes! Its working so far. Each day last week I was using EA Green Tea and Fab India Body Lotion - I could smell green tea even after 6 hours!

What I have currently that smells like Green Tea

EDT & Solid Perfume

Apr 26, 2012

50% Off on The Body Shop Mini Products ( Products List )

I ran away from office today simply because I had nothing to do. I went to Ambience, Gurgaon with a mind that I will buy cloths as whenever I go to any shopping place I only buy skincare or makeup stuff. In fact I do not remember clearly when the last time I got cloths or shoes from a mall! So, I was 100% determined (or so I thought) that I will not get inside any skincare or cosmetic store. But I do not know what happened; I enter The Body Shop Store and instantly noticed the 50% OFF tag near the cash counter!

Here are the stuff on 50% off
Body Butter (50ml) 

Apr 25, 2012

First Giveaway Won + Store Visit - Kiehls, Delhi

Kiehl's Store india

Remember few days back when everyone was having Keihls only Delhi and Mumbai Giveaway! Well I entered in all of them and it turned out that I finally won! Thanks to Ankita from Corallista because of whom I got a voucher from Keihls for a Delux sample of CCC and a skin consultation!

Those people where sweet enough to even give me a Keihls Lip Balm additionally….yes the one Kathrina swears by according to PEOPLE, July 2011...around the Sheela Ki Jawani times.

BTW the pics also shows her with a Pantene which I doubt she has ever used  though she comes in that  Pantene Ad. Source

7 Colorbar Take Me As I Am Lipcolor Swatch + Price + Where to Buy

As promised in my Haul Post, here are the swatches of the Take Me As I Am Lipcolors.

I spotted this on Saturday and had to get them as they looked like the Inglot AMC ones but are very creamy! They also come with a free Sharpener…muft....muft…muft…ohh doesn’t that sounds pretty?

They have launched it in 8 shades but the store only had 7 with them.

Apr 24, 2012

Colorbar Haul - Honeymoon Peach, Take Me As I Am, Old Flame, Shy Rose, Amethyst Spark

I surely didn’t come out the Colorbar store empty handled. I stay in Indrapuram now so I had to covered Vasant Kunj and Saket Malls in a single day!

Here is all I got from there –

1. Colorbar Baked Blush/Eyeshadow/Highlighter in Honeymoon Peach – They have 6-7 other colors as well but this is one I liked more. There was another golden/bronze one which would be nice as a bronzer as well. I will share the pic of the other shades soon.

5 New Shades Swatches of Colobar Velvet Matte Lipsticks + Where to Buy

Colobar Velvet Matte Lipsticks are always loved of the long stay and no shimmer formula.

For those who are not aware of Velvet Matte, then here is what the website says!

For a rich lip colour with a creamy shine, the Velvett Matte Lipstick, available in 45 stunning shades infuse the lips with vibrancy. Its unique 2-in-1 formulation gives the lips a creamy, yet matte finish. A one of a kind product in India, it has super softening agents that give the lips a soft and supple appearance while keep them nourished with Vitamin E. Staying on up to 5 hours on application, the Velvett Matte Lipstick can be further accentuated with lip gloss and lip liner.

They are really affordable at 250 INR. When I saw 6 new shares in Stylecraze, I wanted to order something but then the swatches were not available. I went to the Saket Flagship store but then they only had 5 of the 6 shades. So, here are the swatches of 5 new Shades – 

Apr 23, 2012

MAC Shop Shop Shop Cook Cook Cook Collection Launched in Saket, New Delhi

My world is still upside down from last weekend because of all the shifting, bad PG, packing/unpacking, setting up the room, bring more organization, unstable internet (sorry that I am not able to reply to ur comments quickly) and other stuffs. I really needed a break and so I went to Ambience Vasant Kunj. There was a special reason for the visit but I also wanted to try MAC Party Parrot. I love the people in MAC, Vasant Kunj. They are really sweet. But it was sold out there. Then I went to Saket to check out the new shades in Colorbar. (Yes, I get my colorbar stuffs only from their flagship store as all other stores are just sold out/not launched yet/not aware that such a thing exists!) So I hauled the store but as I was about to get out of the mall, I spotted the launch of Shop MAC Cook MAC collection. 

I really thought you would the pics, so here they are. I was really really late as I was already 7:45 and I was around 35-40 kms away from the home. 

So, here are some quick pics of the Aisles of the MAC Shop.

Apr 22, 2012

Sweet And Bitter Blog's 100th Post


And here is my 100th Post!! Really happy and thanks to you all who read this blog. Without your comments and love I would have not reached here.

I was worried for what should I put in my 100th post. Many thought came to mind but nothing seemed interesting and 'ME' to me. Around 11:30 last night, I idea of doing a post with all the things that I love to use came to my mind.

Stuffs used here are the ones which I love and could fit into this. There are many things are could not be included because of their size. Anyways, you can read about them by clicking on the links.

1. Bourjois Paris Healthy Balance Unifying Powder 53 Light Beige - Love it for the packing but not used much.

2. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner N*de Eyes - Survived an entire February on this and can survive more months with this.

Apr 19, 2012

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush Rose Swatch + Review

This post is a proof of how lazy I am. After living in my drafts folder for 3 months, it will be published. Reason why it is being published now? 1. I was having hard time swatching each color separately. 2. All my stuffs are still packed and so I cannot do any new post and take out stuffs from my drafts folder. *wink*

This blush was the reason I ordered stuffs from Physicians Formula (Read about the order here). I am still in love with the Shimmer Strip N*de I received and I used it every single day in February! The Cashmere Wear Bronzer is so far just for special purpose. …ohh I am so much in love with Physicians Formula! 

Apr 17, 2012

Finally Posting!!! - The Versatile Blog Awards

On 28th December 2011 when my blog was not even a month old, sweet Samyukta and  nail art addict Suhani awarded this blog - Versatile Blog Award.

Edited from Link

  1. Thanks the person who nominated me and give them a shout out
  2. Pass on the award to 15 bloggers
  3. State 7 Random facts about your self

I was really very happy but my concern was - 15 new blogger? Everyone I knew had already received that more than twice! Is it fair to give them the award again when I can give it to the other bloggers to boast their morale?

So, on 31st when it clicked me that I will do a giveaway...well the Christmas mood still there....I asked for new bloggers to leave their blog links and so they did :) I am giving away the award to all the new bloggers whom I appreciate.

15 New Bloggers (Anyone with less than 100 posts or followers)

Apr 16, 2012

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub Review + Personal Blah Blah

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub Review

On one afternoon in December 2010, I went to The Body Shop, GIP and hauled the place. The bill was around 8000 INR…..ohh it still feels go great…thanks to that SA who helped (No, the ones in GIP now are not good. That particular nice SA went to the new Body Shop at Connaught Place). At that time I brought something for myself from almost all the skincare range (no makeup!). Few items were super fail (like Vit E face wash and scrub (my choice) ended in DIY pedicure sessions), few were total love (Spiced Vanilla Shower, Cranberry Body Wash, Vit E cream, Shea Body Butter…hugs to that sweet SA) and several got over unnoticed! There was just one item which I love so much that I am afraid that it will get over one day - The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub. 

Some personal blah blah - When I was about to start my blog, I made a list of all the things that I will review and this baby was in that list. Now, I completely forgot the list and also the notebook which had the list. I was shifting last week and found the list. And about shifting, I am extremely sad till now! All my stuffs got packed my Tuesday and stuffs getting divided into frequent use, less used and to be donated. By afternoon, I could not take the empty room anymore and so I picked her up, went to the garden and so my first outdoor post. And yes, remember the bad weather on last week Tuesday? The weather got bad right after the pics were taken!

What The Body Shop Says about it – 
Well the fact that it was chosen by The Body Shop as the top ten iconic Body Shop products says a lot in itself.  

What the website says

Best if you want to: Take time to cleanse, revive and revitalize your skin using a luxuriously pampering creamy salt scrub for the body with skin softening butters from Africa that will leave skin soft, smooth and subtly scented with our traditional Spa Wisdom™ Africa fragrance. 

Apr 13, 2012

Store Visit - Kryolan Delhi Store

After a loooooooong wait, Kryolan opened its flagship store and that to in saddi Delhi and that too in Lajpat Nagar. Me and my friend visited Lajpat last Saturday ( yes, running very late in blog posts...sooooo many posts are in draft :D).

First, we went to Lajpat IV for a parlor named Style Villa which BTW I loved and then to Lajpat II for Kryolan store. My dear friend who wanted to buy some makeup stuffs (yes, it happened again. Last one that happened with another girl is HERE). We decided to visit this place as we know how Kryolan is favored by the makeup artist.

The store is a big enough and the first question I asked the SA - Do u also have nail polish? And she said NO. I kinda lost all my enthu is that moment itself. But, she showed my many other stuff.

Apr 11, 2012

Shopaholic? Blame those Neurons for Making u Crazy!

I was recently reading a book on Retail (yes I have a varied interest and interest in everything!). It is the How to Succeed at Retail: Effective Brand Strategies, Case Studies, and Practical Techniques by Keith Lincoln and Lars Thomassen. The edition is quite old (printed in 2007) but I really like way it is written. The following part which talks about how consumers can go crazy while shopping (seller’s delight) and what causes that. Also includes a monkey experiment.       
If you are in hurry then read only the bold texts. It will still get the essence of it :D
<!--[if !vml]-->Add a note here<!--[endif]-->People who shop like crazy may apparently be slightly mad (Sunday Times, 2006a). A new scientific study from the United States shows that decisions about what to buy and what not to buy are made by a few neurons located in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) – an area of the brain just behind the eyes. People who shop like crazy may not be entirely normal and may indeed be slightly mad (Don’t tell me that I never warned you). Compulsive shoppers may have a dysfunction in a crucial decision-making area of their brain. And we thought they were just simple shopaholics. The study was subsequently published in Nature: 'We have long known that different neurons in various parts of the brain respond to separate attributes, such as quantity, colour and taste' (Camillo Padoa- Schioppa, the neurobiologist who led the study).
<!--[if !vml]-->Add a note here<!--[endif]-->But quite how those different attributes are reconciled has been a mystery until now. You might, for example, like one shirt because it is blue, but another because of its material and another for its pattern. How do you choose between them or to buy any of them at all? To find out, Padoa-Schioppa and his colleagues studied the brain activity of macaque monkeys who were offered the choice between grapefruit juice and orange juice in differing quantities. The monkeys generally preferred grapefruit juice, but opted for orange juice under certain circumstances – if, for example, a sufficiently greater quantity was available. When three times more orange than grapefruit juice was offered, the monkeys switched their choice. Not stupid, these monkeys.

As usual Pics from internet edited in Paint Again!
I need to have a image s/w installed in my work PC…
And no this is not a macaque monkeys.
I used this one as I liked the way it is thinking :D 

Apr 10, 2012

Makeup Brushes From HongKong Sellers of Ebay

Untill recently I never realized the importance of good brush. I understand its importance but yet to understand the importance of expensive ones. I know brushes are like an investmest and blah blah but when you start building your kit I know there are people who cannot think of getting a 2500INR brush just for liquid foundation! The people who can are really lucky! Its not that I do not have the money to buy. Its just that I want to be 100% sure that what are those brushes on which I can work upon and then buy a great  one.

In that path of buying brushes I got some QVS which are really good, some FACES Canada ones which are also really good and one Bourjois Powder Brush (review here). But the best buys (not best brushes but buys) were from those Hongkong sellers of Ebay who gave the following brushes - Essence of Beauty 8 Eye Brushes, NARS 19 and Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki.

Apr 9, 2012

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in 825 Pink Brandy Swatch, Review + Where to Buy

For Skincare its all the ingredient list that decides but for cosmetics it’s the look and packing that attacts me more – What makes you pretty should be pretty as well :D. A gold color lipstick kind of old lady thing for me so I avoided them always! But this time I could not resist the BIG X etched on the body. When I went to the counter, this color actually attracted me at once. I didn’t even mind swatching other from the range or even this one!

About the lipstick range –

For instant fabulous colour and smoother, softer* lips over time look no further than Max Factor’s new Colour Elixir Lipstick. The Elixir formula contains a 60% blend of skin emollients, conditioners and antioxidants including vitamin E, for a visible transformation in the look and feel of your lips. As you apply the Colour Elixir Lipstick, it actively moisturises and smoothes lips. Enjoy rich and gorgeous looking colour on smooth, beautiful lips! 

Apr 6, 2012

Giveaway Time - Sleek Pixie Pink and In Your Dreams!

Organizing a giveaway is fun! So I am doing it again.

This time it is the

Sleek Blush
Pixie Pink !

There is also a Sleek mini lipgloss in In Your Dreams which I forgot to put in the pic!!

Apr 5, 2012

Store Visit : Faces Canada in Pacific Mall, Delhi

Smiling SA in her world of Cosmetics ^_^

I am feeling very lazy today maybe because of the sun and Noida getting all warmed up or maybe because I am still in my jammies. I am at home today which only means - PHOTO TIME but then I even not feeling like picking up the camera.( If I click without my heart, you will know it and I will tell you in this post how). I looked at my documents and realized the tons of pics that are to be published - each saying - PICK ME PICK ME! But then many needs a good description and some does not. I finally found these which I clicked when I found the FACES CANADA store in Pacific Mall.

Apr 2, 2012

Bourjois Paris - Flower Perfection Collection - Powder Brush - Review

Left and Right-top from Link

When I saw the Bourjois Flower Perfection range first time online, I felt I have to have something from this range!

About the Range 

Bourjois has created Flower Perfection, its first range of youth extending make-up, with wild azalea extract. The range features 4 new products to beautify the complexion for a professional result. Flower Perfection Youth Extention Foundation makes skin smoother, evens hides blemishes. The fine texture has a lightweight feel and softens your skin. Flower Perfection Translucent Smoothing Primer is beautifying make-up base with correcting airbrush action. Flower Perfection Loose Powder is to be used alone for a perfectly smooth complexion, or on top of the Flower Perfection Youth Extention Foundation for the final beautifying touch

When I saw the foundation I realized that it make no sense for me to buy another foundation when the old one is just 10% over even after about 8 months. Also the sponge in it was not as tempting as it looks in the pics. They were not having the primer (I do tested it there. If you are into primers then do have a look. Its nice.) Loose powder is also not for me so I was left with the only thing in the range – The Powder brush

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