Dec 29, 2012

Miracle Skin Perfector - Instantly Perfect Skin by Garnier BB Cream Review




Another BB cream and this time from one of the pioneers of drugstore skincare band, Garnier.  I am using this for last two weeks - everyday!

Dec 27, 2012

7 Black Eyeliner and Kohls from India Compared - Smudge, Water, Smoothness Tests

Best Kajal Black Eyeliner India

I recently found a lot of posts -mostly compare posts which were taken long back but never worked on. Now, I edited them and here they are for you guys. First of all those posts are a comparison between the 7 black eyeliners/kohls - 5 pencils and 2 gels.

Black eyeliners or Kohls are generally the first makeup product that an Indian girl use and these are the most commonly used ones India. No Indian girl's vanity can be complete without one black Kajal or Eyeliner. I can never believe the opposite of this!

Pencil - Lakme Satin Kajal, Lakme Eyeconic Kajal, Maybelline Colossal Kajal, Bourjois Khol & Contour, Revlon Colorstay One Stroke Defining Eyeliner Blackest Black

Gel - Maybelline Drama Gel Black, MAC Fluideline Blacktrack



Clinique Holiday Gift Set 2012 Complete Happiness - 5 Happy Perfume Collection


Dec 26, 2012

Peek-A-Boo to My Awesome December Vellvette Box



Awesome products! No? 

Clinique Holiday Gift Set 2012 Whole Lotta Color - 5 Chubby Sticks Pack Review

Clinique won my heart this time with awesome gift packs that it launched. This is just a first impressions review of the Whole Lotta Color Holiday Gift Box


I hurried myself into posting this because it might not be available for long and I do not want you to miss it! It has 5 chubby sticks and the color selection is very nice – a cherry red, a rose, a brown, an orange and a pink – could you need anything else? 

All gift sets are either bright orange or bright pink with a pink pull out and silver box.

What makes this a true value for money – it retails for 2050 INR which is almost like 400 INR each chubby stick…..let’s say the box is for 50. At 400 INR you are getting 1.2 gms while the full size is 3 gm and retails at around 1300. 
Also, you get to try 5 colors which are very usable for everyday. I do not know when I will use Richer Raisin but then I can deal with it. 


Dec 25, 2012

My Christmas Gifts - Limited Editions from Clinique, Body Shop and Lush


There are the Christmas Gift - From Me to Me!! LOL. I wanted these 2 Clinique Gift sets but the one here in Kolkata is inside Shopper Shop and due to some issues though they had the stock for a week they could not sell it. I felt like crying but finally the SA called on Xmas eve evening that he has them. Yes, a  'he' and the he was so excited with the gift sets himself and he kept aside few for his GF! How lucky is that girl to get makeup from her BF!

So, here is all I got for myself.

Caviar...Sorry..Fish Egg Christmas Nail Art

 

Like last year, I thought of doing something with glitters again but then changed my decision in the last minute. These beads are with me for a long time now but neither I have the patience nor the time to work with with them.

6 Rouge Nail Polish - NYX Deep Red; Maybelline Colorama Gabriele, Vinho Reserva, Cafe Brasil ; Colorbar Shy Rose, Deep Red

Red Nail Polish India Colorbar Maybelline NYX


Red nail paints are best for Christmas and I wanted to do this for long but it got delayed and delayed and now here it is - My Collection of Red Nail Polish.


Merry Christmas To All My Readers

 

At this moment you might be enjoying your vacation or travelling or snuggling with a loved one wearing a comfy PJ. I am doing the last one now but not with a loved one but alone!

Dec 22, 2012

Wear Your Opinion - Funny Tees With A Fresh Twist

Did you noticed Just Did it, mere Pass Maal Hai and Budbak!!! ???

Look what I found - Wear Your Opinion. Other than a handful of brands, young guys in India does not have much fun tees producers. I was amazed by WYO when I stumbled upon their website once long back.

Every week they add a new design which sells at Rs 399 and after that its moved to archive and sold at Rs 449. 100% cotton, 180 g.s.m. The design he is wearing is UP now and so, for Rs 399.

Also, when they come with a design, they also post something in their FB with the pic. Know the 'something' of the following tee.

"Yeh Jo World Hai Na World Ismein Bahut Prakar Ke Praani Rehte Hai. But There Exists A Unique Species, They Look Like Humans But Unke Karmo Se Woh Gadhe Hote Hai. Aise Gadhe Har Jagah Paaye Jaate Hai. And Thanks To Our Government, Liberty Of Speech Is No Longer Valid. But Here Is A Better Idea, Wear This Colourful Tshirt And You Can Literally Kick Some Ass (Donkey Wala...)


MAC Glamour Daze Now in India


Yes. You read it correct. Mac Glamour daze collection is now in India. In case you had anything from the collection in your Lust list then grab it now! Also, you have Christmas and New Year as your excuse buy as much as you wish to.

Dec 21, 2012

Sephora India is Open Now In - Price of Products from Benefit, MUFE, Soap and Glory, Burt's Bee, Etc


This is one of my investigation posts where I try to sneak in everyone to find out whats cooking. Though there was a delay, Sephora is finally open in India.

The biggest concern now - Which Products? At What Price? When will it come to other cities?

The last question is something I cannot answer or find out because I do not know anyone in Sephora....ohh How how I wish I did!! Sighhhhh

Maybelline Super Stay 14Hrs Lipsticks Now In India

This year, Maybelline has been a very good brand. They launched all their products comparatively sooner this year. I hope it improves in 2013. To keep up with their good work, Maybelline is launched their Super Stay 14 hrs Lipsticks in India.




PRODUCT DETAILS

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT

14HR Lipstick with an ultra-lightweight formula:
• Stays fresh, light, and comfortable
• Super rich color that lasts for 14 hours
• Pigments are enveloped in a longwearing system
• 20 long wearing shades 

FOR BEST RESULTS

Apply your lipcolor by starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges of your lip, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide across the entire bottom lip.

COLORS

Perpetual Peony, Ultimate Blush, Fuchsia Forever, Eternal Rose, Beige For Good, Never Ending N*de, Ceaseless Caramel, Consistently Truffle, Lasting Chestnut, Pout On Pink, Ravishing Rouge, Enduring Ruby, Timeless Crimson, Continous Cranberry, Keep Me Coral, Infinite Iris, Till Mauve Do Us Part, Please Stay Plum, Endless Raisin, Wine and Forever


Dec 19, 2012

All Shades of Bourjois Rouge Edition Swatched


I have always been crazy about Bourjois. Their price is just a bit much if you compare with others but then they always provide something exceptional. 

Bourjois Rouge Edition 

"Tested and approved by fashion editors. 18 colors from its fashion shows. Ready to wear texture & color coated gloss.

¼ lacquered pigments - Consisting of 1/4 lacquered pigments, texture offers a gloss finish and color coated gloss.
Texture ready-to-wear - Enriched with orchid flower extract, its formula based on sliding and provides incredible comfort unique hydration 10H. Ultra-melting, it leaves your lips smooth, perfectly hydrated and protected.

Lip at the top of the fashion!"

My Anniversary Giveaway - Enter NOW!



My sweet little blog turned one (read here) and I celebrated. Wanted even you to enjoy so thought of a giveaway.

This one got really delayed because first the pics were bad and then no internet connectivity for a week and then again pics that I didn't liked and now finally putting those not-liked-ones because I hate to delay it more.

So here it is for all my beautiful readers

Up For Grabs

Butterfly Print Green Cosmetic Bag with Mirror inside
NYX Blush Rose Garden
Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam (30 ml)
Maybelline the Colossal Kajal
Maybelline Baby Lips Color Lip Balm Coral Flush
2 Colorbar Velvete Touch Lipsitck In Addcitive Magenta and Peach Crush
5 New U Nail Polish in Celeste, Candy, Coffee Glitter, Pixie, Apple Green 
Maybelline Hyper Curl Volume Express Waterproof Mascara
QVS Brush and Comb Set
Tweezer

.....with 16 things, its almost everything you need for a start up kit.


Number of Winner

2. The first winner get to pick 8 items of her choice and the rest goes to the second winner.

What you need to do

Just fill up the rafflecopter form here






My Crazy Experiments to Get Straight Hair - Pulling, Cutting, Burning, Chemicals

Being born with a head full of curly hair was not cool when I was a kid. Especially when I grew up in north east states and everyone having origins from there has thick, dense and straight hair. Not having straight hair seems like I was defective – super defective.

The following were the ideas that I used as a kid or until recently. It only lists the most absurd ones I could remember now.

Dec 18, 2012

Yummy Raspberry Pie - Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Swatch and Review


Do you watch Grey's Anatomy? I am still in Season ONE but did you ever wondered what most of the girls wears on their lips? The beautiful i-just-ate-a-raspberry-tint? I guess they use this. Just a Guess.


Dec 17, 2012

Black Tube BB - Deborah Milano 5 in 1 BB Cream Review and Swatch




Have you seen them yet? I was not even aware of them when 2 week back I spotted them. I was having a rather bad day as everything on my list that day was not available so, I got only this. I mean, say it, the black tube is kinda sexy...no?

Let's what their website says about this -


"5-in-1 BB CREAM has a soft, fluid consistency that allows for as little or as much coverage as required, without ever looking “cakey”. A single application is all it takes to achieve a sheer, natural look; repeat for more visible coverage"


And the claims - 

5-in-1 BB CREAM, a skin perfecting, all-in-one foundation with a multi-performance formula:
1. first it smoothes and primes skin;
2. then it conceals and minimises imperfections;
3. evens out skin tone,
4. moisturises and nourishes skin,
5. and protects it against UV radiation and pollution.
Featuring a multi-function formula, beauty balm offers skin a host of benefits plus perfect skin in just one product. Hypoallergenic*, with a delicate violet scent.
SPF20 for effective protection from photoageing.



Deborah Milano 5 in 1 comes in 6 shades but only 5 are available in India - 01 Fair, 02 Beige, 03 Sand, 04 (Don't remember) and 05 Amber. For me its 02 Beige


L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Vernis 502 Purple Disturbia Swatch and Review



Last time I promised there won't be any more pastels. Its December now and I haven't tried any dark colors yet! Then I found this. I got it quite some time back but then was not sure to use it. 

Presenting a nail polish with rich pigments, pearlescents and optical effects all rolled into one - 
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis Purple Disturbia aka 502.

Dec 16, 2012

First Beer Shampoo in India - Park Avenue Beer Shampoo Comes in Beer Bottle (REVIEW)



Last year when I came to know how magical beer is for hair after reading Malaika Arora and Catherine Zeta Jones, I forced Boy to save some for me after their beer party (which was too hard and required too much control for everyone), left it overnight to get flat and rinsed my hair with it. I simply could not stop praising my hair. It was shining with volume. The effects went off with the next wash. I smelled like beer (I hate beer smell) the whole day but I guess that's a small price you pay for beauty.

Cut to 2012 December when Park Avenue launched Beer Shampoo launched India's First Beer Shampoo. Park Avenue has been a Manly brand and never cared for women so, I doubt if it was even made for women! But, when I saw the bottle of this one and I knew I had to get this. 


Ingredients

I am a complete no silicone (specially no SLS) shampoo person. Something that helped to stop hair fall - yes, I have NO hair fall irrespective of my super stress life. So, I was afraid to look at the ingredients. 

I was amazed with how the lather was soft. Also, my scalp didn't got irritated like it does with SLS shampoos. Checked the ingredients and was amazed again - they really have better ingredients when compared to other drugstore shampoos. No SLS but SLES. Beer is marked as the 3rd ingredient. So, all in all - good.




Dec 8, 2012

Going Pastel One Last Time with Revlon Scented Perfume Gumdrop Swatch and Review



While most of you from North India must be snuggling in your sexy overcoats and spending your night in your sift mink bankets, I am yet to hit by Winter Winter. The weather IS cold at 20 C but then its the one that makes you lazy and not the one that makes you wear overcoats. Ohh yes, I am still sad that I cannot wear overcoats here. Coming to the last pastel (I promise) I am wearing 
Revlon Scented Perfume Nail Polish Gumdrop.

Revlon Scented Perfume Nail Polish - Should they not be Scented Nail Polish? This a range of DBP, Toulene and Formaldehyde free nail polish which is infused with aromas. The formula prevents bubbles, streaks and brush marks - the reason I love this and not because its scented.

Dec 4, 2012

International Giveaway worth 20$ Each for 25 Winner



Bored of your old spects? Here is a chance to win new glasses from Firmoo.com.

Firmoo is a Global Online Optical Store who is sponsoring this giveaway for Sweet And Bitter Blog.

The best part here is each one 
you win vouchers worth 
20 $ to shop at Firmoo.com 
and 
there will be 25 winners!! 


You can also get zero power fashion glasses and RX Sun glasses.

Dec 3, 2012

My First Vellvette Box - November


In the last week of October when all the bloggers were showing their Clinique Palettes, Victoria Secrets Lotions, Lush products and other amazing things that they received from Vellvette box, I was getting envious. I waited for registration to started again and jumped to select the 3 month subscription. I waited for the whole month and on 27th Nov, I got products from Sheiseido, Elizabeth Arden and Clinique - WOW!!

They also sent the a personal letter and a card for each product about price, details and how to use. This time they also have send coupon codes which can be used to buy the full sizes from them even if it was not in your box.

The Body Shop Cranberry Giveaway Winner


Finally after checking all the entities, the result of The Body Shop Cranberry Giveaway is out.

And the winner is

Dec 2, 2012

Meet Celeste and Sneek Peek of Few Things from the Up Coming Giveaway



Meet Celeste. I got her from the New U Store. I might have many blue nail polish nothing like this. They are of real good quality. Thank god I thought of buying it.

 Its a pastel blue and reminds me of Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel Bleu Water but that is more bluer. They are very smooth - neither too thick nor too runny. Dries quick and have a fun shades. Check out the swatches.


What I Did on Blog's Birthday - Clicked and Ate at The Rouge and Spaghetti Kitchen, Kolkata


I clicked pics. I clicked like crazy. 

My mom got irritated because I was clicking so much and yes, she does not know about the blog - not a single hint. No one in my office or none of my friends know other than boy and one sweet girl in NCR. 

Actually, blog turned ONE on 1st Dec but I am posting on 2nd Dec because I spent the day clicking pics, collecting my new spects and eating. Reached home at 10 PM and after editing the pics here I am with you guys. After after some quick edits, I did the anniversary post

Food is always a part of me celebrating anything and this was no  other excuse.I went to rouge for a red velvet cake and macaroons(Check out the pic here). I also had a milkshake with a funny name - D K Bose! (In case you are not aware then there is a song and few things related to this). I have been there earlier and did a small post on them here.

Tea cups with heart candle, Macaroon Mountain, Tea Set with Pots and Cups candle, Colored sugar inside milk bottles which are also used to serve milkshakes
The Rouge - Clockwise from Top Left - Tea cups with heart candle, Macaroon Mountain, Tea Set with Pots and Cups candle, Colored sugar inside milk bottles which are also used to serve milkshakes



I also went to The Spaghetti Kitchen and was delighted to find two dishes that I thought I would never be able to eat again after I first had them in Bangalore in 2009. Its just Girellini di Pollo and Spaghetti con Polpettine but then not everyone can it do it the perfect way. I was skeptical but was amazed with the taste and quality. Girellini di Pollo is presented on a spinach bed which blended together perfectly with the mustard lemon sauce. Spaghetti con Polpettine was also amazing.

I have been to other Spaghetti Kitchen but it was just over priced normal food. This time I am amazed  I will surely visit them again...very soon


Girellini di Pollo, Spaghetti con Polpettine, Virgin Mary  from Spaghetti Kitchen Kolkata India
The Spaghetti Kitchen Kolkata - Clockwise from Top Left - Girellini di Pollo, Spaghetti con Polpettine, Virgin Mary

First Anniversary of Sweet and Bitter Blog


Wooohooooo! I turned 1! 
O-N-E

I could not believe that it has been a year that I am blogging - seems like yesterday that I started this.

Thanks to all the readers and everyone who ever commented here. It means a lot to me. 

I remember when within a few days of starting this blog, I saw 100 page hits and felt like happiest person alive. I could not believe then I used to get visits from countries that I was not even aware exists (The reason ClustrMaps is there.) I used to get up middle in the night to check if anyone from any new country has visited my blog. Then the next point  when I lost my sanity was when I Google something and an image/link from my blog was on the first page. I still get the same pleasure when that happen. The hits then became 100 everyday and then 1000 per day.

Thank you again for ever dropping by, for following the blog, reading the posts, liking this blog. Didn't liked? Had any complains  Shoot me a mail. Go to the contact me page. You can also contact me if you want to give any suggestions...any.....don't be shy.



And I repeat - Thank you readers. Won't have been possible if you weren't there for me. 

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