Dec 31, 2013

[3 Winners Giveaway] Share Your Magique Moment and Get the NEW L'Oréal Paris Kajal Magique!

At Sweet And Bitter Blog, let's start the new year with a great note. Here is a way three winners from India can win the new L'Oréal Paris Kajal Magique!

L'Oréal Paris launches Kajal Magique – the first ever Kajal from the brand. 

What is so different about Kajal Magique?

Kajal Magique is supremely black & gives your eyes the extraordinary care it deserves. It is powered with a new generation formula and mineral pigments for a deep intense colour. It's Precise. It's Intense. It's Bold.  

You can speak volumes with your eyes and the best way to highlight them is with the ever-favorite kajal. L'Oréal Paris, the world’s #1 beauty brand launches Kajal Magique, its first ever Kajal in India. L'Oréal Paris as a brand is known to create products that match the needs of the contemporary Indian women, and this kajal is the perfect tool to craft gorgeous eye looks. So go bold, smoky, or let creativity take over your eyes.

L'Oréal Paris Kajal Magique is supremely black and doubles up as a darker-than-night eyeliner. It is powered with a new generation formula and mineral pigments for a deep intense color payoff. Along with providing a great finish, it is also enriched with ingredients like Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil Esters and Vitamin C Derivative, which provide extraordinary care and a soothing feeling to the eyes. Since it is ophthalmologically tested, it is safe and suitable for contact lens wearers. Designed to last for up to 12 hours, Kajal Magique is smudge proof, waterproof and non-transferable.

All you need to do to win L'Oréal Paris Kajal Magique:
1. Share with us your Magique Moment! Something that might have changed you, something that you might never forget, something that you might tell your children, something that will put a smile on your face when you are old with no teeth! LOL. Share THAT moment with us in comments below. If you are not able to comment in G+ then please post your comment on Facebook (link).

2. Like Sweet And Bitter Blog on Facebook Page and share your FB name in comment.

The giveaway ends on 7th Jan 2014 and is India only!

So, don't waste another moment and post your comment because.....

You are worth it!

Disclaimer - L'Oréal Paris will be directly sending the winners the L'Oréal Paris Kajal Magique.

Last Empties Post of the Year 2013!

Looking back at the year (no, I am not going to count on how good or bad it was because it is all mixed up for me!), the best decision was to start doing Empties Post from May. I had loads of product which I had for years which I was not ready to throw away and saving few drops in each. But, when I started doing Empties Post, I used those last few drops and throw away the bottles which I could not re-use. My bathroom shelves have loads of space now. All thanks to you!

This month I finished The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Body Butter, The Body Shop White Musk Mist which always stayed in my makeup bag, Nature's Co White Lily Scrub that came in Nature's Co Beauty Wish box and used one of the Sheet Mask from Innisfree.

Innisfree Haul with Santa's Gifts!

You remember the post from Instagram about the Innifree haul? (here)

This is the second time I got products from Innisfree and even this time, I asked someone to shop for me! I am yet to visit the store so, it is really difficult to get things for a person like me who is much bothered about the ingredients. I decided to stick with the offers going on at that time. 

The offer going on that time was buy 6 and get 6 for Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack and Buy 7 and get 5 free for Sheet Mask (I think so..)

Wondering what these round things are? They are the Capsule Recipe Packs. I got all at least one of each  Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack variant. The Capsules are nothing but face packs having the consistency of conditioners, can be used twice on an average and priced at either 
. As I got them on offer, they were for Rs 50 each. And not all are for me. Shhhhh...

Dec 30, 2013

The Body Shop Camomile VS L'Oreal Gentle VS Maybelline Makeup Remover

Biphase Waterproof Makeup Remover India Review

I was using my NYX Green Tea remover for long, and when it got over, I got three bi-phase removers. 

Why I prefer Bi-Phase Removers? Because they are lot easier and far more effective than any makeup removers that I have used. The creamy ones hardly worked for me and always stung my eyes. The oil cleansers available in India are all mineral oil based and hurt eyes and make them cloudy. 

Why are Bi-Phase Removers good for you? I remember that once a girl asked the SA asked at the counter - "Can I get a kajal that stays on all day but easy to remove? I have to set a war to remove with Maybelline Colossal one." 
And that set me thinking, isn't that the point? It should be easy to remove; otherwise, it will just smudge! And no matter how tough it is to remove the eye makeup, never start a war. When you are young, you will not know the difference. But, as you tug and stretch your skin, you are inviting fine lines and wrinkles sooner. And once they come, they won't go. The only possible thing is to make sure to use an eye makeup remover that is gentle and take off your makeup in one gentle swipe.

The ones I am comparing today are - 
  • The old trusted Maybelline Makeup Remover Eye and Lip
  • The gentle L'Oreal Dermo Expertise Lip and Eye
  • The newly launched The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover for All Skin Types.
So, instead of going for a separate review, I decide on a quick comparative post.

Bi-phase removers have part oil and part watery to remove waterproof makeup. L'Oreal and Maybelline have the oily part colored blue, but the oil part in The Body Shop Camomile is transparent. Look carefully at the below image and you will see a separating line the text 'With Community Fair Trade Camomile' for The Body Shop.

Shake it Baby! You have to shake the bottle to make sure that both parts mix. Shake the Bi-phase remover and here is how they look after shaking. L'Oreal and Maybelline separate in seconds, but The Body Shop Camomile takes some time to separate.

The Press and Glide. Take cotton wool and wet it using remover after shaking them. Lightly press the cotton over your eyes for 3-5 secs. Slowly glide away the cotton wool to remove the makeup. If you dab for longer, then you might not have to glide as well!

Dec 25, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Sweet And Bitter Blog!

Merry Christmas Dear!

I hope you are having wonderful time with your loved ones and family. I am sure you got loads of great gifts this year.

Sorry, I could not post anything. Today I wanted to show what I got myself for Christmas but I left my camera battery in the multiplex I went to watch a movie (In India, most multiplexes, deposit the camera battery to avoid piracy). I did opened my gift and used it as well. If I get up early tomorrow, I will click some photos of what I got for myself in the morning and post them after I come back from office.

I also got some nice things from Sephora, Bobbi Brown and Forever 21.

Dec 22, 2013

Quick Blog SALE ~ Eyeshadow Palettes

I found them today and realized that I have hardly used them. So, I decided to sell them off just in case you need them

I am no charging extra for shipping.

1. MUA Heaven and Earth - Swatched once and never used.
Price £ 4.00 (~ Rs 404) plus international shipping etc.Sale Price - Rs 250
Booked by Monalisa Patro

2. MUA Undressed - Swatched once and never used.
Price £ 4.00 (~ Rs 404) plus international shipping etc.
Sale Price - Rs 250
Booked by Iswarya Laxmi

3. MUA Undress Me Too - Swatched once and never used.
Price £ 4.00 (~ Rs 404) plus international shipping etc.
Sale Price - Rs 250
Booked by Karishma Singh

4. The Body Shop Smoky Copper - This is a Limited Edition launch by The Body Shop
Priced at 1995. I purchased for Rs 1000 and used for 3-4 times.
Sale Price - Rs 650

5. Wet n Wild Vanity - This is also another Limited Edition product.
Sale Price - Rs 180
Booked by Iswarya Laxmi

Maybelline Insta Glam Box Has Everything To Make You Glamorous Everyday Around The Year!

Last Sunday afternoon, something hit me and I made two online purchases. I got the packages by Wednesday (Thank you God for the timely delivery.) 

"I will open them on Christmas" She thought......and it was just a thought.....

On Friday night, I opened my Nykaa box and found this pretty box. Maybelline India for the first time in India, launched a BOX specially for Christmas. While this is a normal thing around the globe - special packages in pretty boxes containing makeup - this is the first time in India.

Maybelline India also made sure that everyone is happy with their box so, instead of packing a bunch of products together that will make all girls look like sisters, they created 3 boxes with three color schemes - Red, Coral and Pink.

I chose the Maybelline Instaglam box in Coral simply because of the lipstick they provided.

Happy Happy Happy Meeeeeee.......

Now, lets look what I have got in Maybelline Instaglam Coral Box....

Dec 21, 2013

The Body Shop December Update ~ Christmas Gifts, 50% Off SALE and NEW Blueberry

Just a quick post on what I found in The Body Shop today. The Christmas specials are now in store. Enjoy Gingerbread Sparkle, Cranberry Joy and Vanilla Bliss. Last year I got the Gingerbread Sparkle Body Butter and Exfoliating Heart shaped soap. Love them both ~ a lot. 

I am waiting for the gifts to come to store. I have them even in my Christmas Wishlist. Keeping fingers crossed for now...

The Body Shop India is also having 50% off on a lot of products. The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Shower Gel, Vineyard Peach Body Scrub and Lotion are also having 50%. The last day of the sale is tomorrow but I think it might get extended. If you are not the one who believe in chances then rush to your nearest Body Shop store. I will pray that you get your favorite body butter for 50% off.


Dec 18, 2013

LUSH Shutting Down its Stores in India? [PANIC MODE]

Now, this is one new that is really hard for me to tell. For the first time, I am expecting that what I say here is not true. I got to know that LUSH store is shutting down its operations in India around 10 days back! This came as a big shock to me - what will I do without LUSH Aqua Marina and Dark Angels? These two are just irreplaceable! 

It took me 2 days to absorb the news. I was told that the issue was something related to LUSH UK not supporting new franchise in India but I think the issue is something else. I wanted to post this the same day I got the new but I waited and did some research.

Here is what I found -

LUSH India Website Closed - A few months back, their website was taken down by hackers and they closed down their website. Since then, they have not worked on the website and it is not up yet.

No Update on Lush India Facebook and Now Deleted - I found that they made no update for a long time and then yesterday - BOOM - their page is now DELETED! There is a sister page or fake page with low activity but that is surely not directly under Lush India officials

No Update of Lush India on Twitter - The last update on Twitter is on 23rd Oct which was just a facebook post sync update.

No New Stock at Stores And No Christmas Specials - Till now there is no update on things they are bringing in as Christmas special. On top of it, most stores are having very little products and are not restocking anything

Stores Closing Down across India-  As I could not get what I needed, I asked my friends from two cities to search for the products. They went to the malls that had Lush stores just to find that the stores were GONE!

Dec 17, 2013

NEW!!! Maybelline Baby Lips Color New Bright Collection Pink Peony and Tangerine Pop [Review] [Swatch]

NEW!!! Maybelline Baby Lips Color New Bright Collection Pink Peony and Tangerine Pop [Review] [Swatch]

 Few days back Maybelline launched the 4 new colors to their Best seller Baby Lips collection. I was curious about them and I could not help but pick two when I already have too many lip balms to finish but hey its NEW and that is a good excuse to get these. LOL

NEW!!! Maybelline Baby Lips Color New Bright Collection Pink Peony and Tangerine Pop [Review] [Swatch]

Maybelline Baby Lips Color New Bright Collections have fours colors and I got Tangerine Pop and Pink Peony. The colors have SPF 14 to for sun protection. These Baby Lips are made in Thailand and priced at Rs 150 each in India.

NEW!!! Maybelline Baby Lips Color New Bright Collection Pink Peony and Tangerine Pop [Review] [Swatch]

Texture - I also liked the texture of Baby Lips better someway better than the originals. These Baby Lips glides smoothly and just don't sit on your lips feeling heavy. Also, these moisturizes well making lips smooth. These heal as well and made lips softer.

Dec 16, 2013

In Love With...[2]

Winter is here now for sure. I mean, I successfully wore an overcoat in Kolkata yesterday which is a big thing because winter here is just blah. The product of my choice have also changed and here is what I love a lot these days... 

Now, Vedantika is one brand that most of are not aware of. I love their Anti-Acne face mask which just spells magic for my skin. I got these amla candies from Vedantika. Alma is great for skin. I am also drinking amla and cucumber juice (unfiltered). I can clearly see the difference it is making for my skin.

Fresh Oranges are one of the fruits I wait for the entire year. I make sure to eat at least 2 oranges every day.

Orange tints are also what I love for lips. With other orange lip colors, I am using Revlon Rendezvous. (BTW I started watching Prison Break recently and just finished Prison Break Season 2 Episode 10 and it is named -  Rendezvous! These prison escapees are having a seriously hard time now.)

Dec 15, 2013

A Perfume for Mature Tastes - Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime [Review]

Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime Review
Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime [Review]

There is one side of festivals which I do not like - figuring out what you want exactly because there are some 'loved ones' who are hovering over your head forcing you tell them what you want and at that exactly that point.... I am lost. I generally do not like surprises and quite hard to please because I have strict codes to buy things so, this load of deciding is actually self-induced. LOL.

This October, to get my 'Durga Puja gift' (God bless the million festivals and the gifting ritual), I went to Shopper Stop and decided on CH Eau de Parfum Sublime. I try not to buy perfumes in one go. I always let the perfume work on me for some time, see how it reacts and then buy. This time, I just picked it up because it was completely different from everything I have ever tried.

Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime Review Price India

"The essence of the CH Eau de Parfum Sublime woman is based on a combination of sensuality and spontaneity.She is fun, cheerful and charming, charismatic but with a hint of mystery which makes here even more special, intriguing and irresistible. This perfume recreates the traits and qualities of the CH Eau de Parfum Sublime woman. A sophisticated, feminine, sensual, passionate woman with sense of humour.

CH Eau de Parfum Sublime is a modern fragrance which reflects modern femininity with a touch of the vintage. The freshness of the Bergamot, the head note, leads us to the most ingenious side of our woman, and her refined sense of humour. This is accompanied by Passion Flower, because of its sweet, oriental nature which represents a fascinating and unique person, unique with a personality which is out of the ordinary. At the heart of the perfume, the Rose, unique as a flower, conveying exquisiteness and natural beauty. The Orchid, a plant which often clings onto trees and climbs until it is out of sight, leads us to the enigmatic side of her personality. Everything is brought together with Patchouli and Leather which represent the most emotional, sensual and passionate side of the CH Eau de Parfum Sublime woman."


Top Note
Bergamote, Passion Flower

Middle Note
Rose, Orchid

Base Note
Patchouli and Leather

Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime Review

The first thing you will notice is the cute packaging. The glass bottle has faux leather pasted on it and has blue stitching to make it look like the leather has been sewn on the bottle. A purple slanted bow with three layers of stitched canvas type cloth has the golden C and H dangling from the same. I take double care to make sure that the C and H do not fall off because the tester in the showroom was missing that. I am never ever putting this inside my handbag. Strictly OFF the travelling list!

Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime Review

The golden cap has CH engraved on it. The bottom of the bottle has all the details. In case you are doubting the perfume is fake then always check the bottom. In general, the people making the fake perfumes are not able to copy this perfectly

Dec 10, 2013

[Review] Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer, Airbrush Mousse, Power, Cleopatra Kajal and BB Cream

Revlon Photoready BB Primer Airbrush Powder Kajal India Review

It took me a month to review these babies from Revlon instead of the week I promised. And in the review you will exactly know why. So, for today's mega review we have the products from Revlon Photoready Range - Perfecting Primer, Airbrush Mousse, Power, Cleopatra Kajal and BB Cream  - almost everything your face needs. Okay, I missed lipsticks but I have those Photoready blushes which I got from US and reviewed long back. *wink*

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer 001 Review India

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer 001 Review 

Revlon - Lightweight primer smooths and softens skin to create the perfect canvas. Reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines. Wear alone or under foundation. Award winning.

My Words - I am not a primer user as I hate silicon texture. Most of the times, I try anything new, I start getting pimple. And, not to mention the oily feel to get the 'glow' effect.So, I generally keep an arm long distance from Primer. 

Luckily, this is this is different. Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer give a smooth canvas feel. This is super easy to blend even when I am not wearing any moisturizers. Does not feel slippery like the silicon based primer.The white gel formula is light and feels like nothing is on your skin. I have used it as eye primer as well and I am happy with the result. The package is hygienic with a pump dispenser which is easy to control.

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer 001 Review India

Revlon also have a color correcting version of this primer.Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer is oil free, talc free, fragrance free, paraben free.

Revlon Primer comes in a glass bottle which make it a bit difficult for travelling. Priced at Rs 1300 for 27 ml 

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup 050 Medium Beige Review India

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup Review

Revlon - PhotoReady Airbrush™ Mousse Makeup, an air-light makeup provides a flawless finish, whether it’s on camera or in person. The whipped texture allows you to blend evenly for undetectable coverage, leaving you with a smooth poreless complexion. The formula’s photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to minimize flaws, leaving you with perfectly airbrushed looking skin in any light – indoors, outdoors, or under the flash of a camera. Oil free, fragrance free. Use alone or over PhotoReady™ Primer

My Words - First, let me tell you that this is not heavy though it looks so. Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse comes in a tin can with pressurized creamy foundation that comes out as frothy bubbly mousse. The forth takes time to settle down and in 30 seconds, you get the flat foundation with tiny bubbles left. 

This one took me the longest to review because it contains shimmer. I could not wear this to office everyday! The shimmer is not chunky glitter but adds glow like a highlighter. My tip will be to stay away from harsh lights or direct sunlight while you are wearing it. 

The coverage is sheer and I was afraid to build it more fearing that it might make me look like a disco ball. 

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse is light, does not oxidize and easy to blend. This does make my face a bit oily after 4-5 hours time so, I makes sure to dab some powder over it. 

The nozzle always throws out much to cover your hands along with your face! W.a.s.t.a.g.e....The nozzle takes some practice to master. Also, the nozzle gets dirty very soon. The product is always left behind on it. 

I am saving this of indoor parties in this wedding season when I just need something to brighten up by dull face.

Dec 4, 2013

November Empties ~ I FiNiShEd What was First Reviewed in This Blog!

Beauty Blog Empties Post November India

So, here is that time of the month which goes on in cycle. The time of the month when I can be happy for how much I have used justifying the money I have spent on them and throw way the empty bottles to make space for new things. And then the cycle repeats. Were you thinking about something else BTW? Life is so much fun when you have a mind which thinks in its own crazy way.LOL

Innisfree Body Shop Everyuth Himalaya Vedantike Mask

Sachets – The last sachet from The Body Shop Sachets is over. 

I am yet to find the full size bottle of Vedantika Anti-Acne face pack so, I am still using the sachets. I loved the face pack and it does help in reducing pimples without leaving behind any marks. Maybe the Jaiphal in it does the magic. 

Palmer Skin Therapy Oil is another great products which I enjoyed using. Definitely repurchasing this. there is also an offer at  - free Olive Grow! 

After reading the posts on The Body Shop Sachets, one reader mailed me about the sachets that Himalaya and Everyuth made *Thank You Dear*. So, I tried the ones I could lay my hands on. The Himalaya Neem Face Pack was good but like other face pack sting when I applied. The feeling went away in few seconds. 

Using Everyuth reminds me of my college days when Everyuth was my most loved brand because of the Creamy Peach Face wash and the Walnut Scrub.

Empty Body Butter Tub Containers

Tubs of Moistuirizers – Finished two of my The Body Shop Body Butters – Coconut and Spiced Vanilla. Yes, it is a proof that my skin is seriously dry now. 

Dec 2, 2013

AVON Anew Clinical PRO Line Corrector Treatment with AF-33 Review

AVON Anew Clinical PRO Line Corrector Treatment with AF-33 Review

Shhhhh – here is a confession – I am yet to use an Anti-Aging cream. Well, I have tried them when I found them nearby but never used to check how effective they are. I am in the wrong side of 25 now and maybe I should start soon. 

When Avon, gave me their latest Anti-Aging product - Anew Clinical PRO Line Corrector Treatment with AF-33 - to try, I thought of ‘using’ this.

But then my views won’t help you decide if the price of 1799 justifies the product. So, I handed it over to my mom who has tried most majorly available anti-aging creams. There is also something else that happened which made me take this decision. I tried this product on the first day I received it. I could feel it working. It did not irritated or sting but I could feel that this thing is potent. I googled about this to discover more about AF-33 and my jaw dropped. Here is what I got to know...

Dec 1, 2013

Sweet And Bitter Blog's 2nd Year Anniversary International Giveaway

My dear baby Sweet And Bitter Blog has completed 2 years now. All thanks to your love and support. Thanks for reading my blog post, posting meaningful comments, sending nice messages and all the appreciating emails. I might have stopped long time back if you were not there with me. 

Thank YOU Darling!

As a token of my appreciation for your love, I wanted to host a giveaway. I was deeply confused so, I posted what should be in the giveaway and  thanks to your helpful comments decided on Korean Cosmetics - Something that is not easily available.

As this is Sweet And Bitter Blog 2nd Year Anniversary, there will two winners for two Months!! 
In total 4 winners! 

So, on 31st December 2013, I will declare the 1st 2 winners and on 31st January 2013, I will pick the other 2 winners.

31st December 2013

Winner A - One Etude House Minnie Touch Highlighter or Etude House Minnie Touch Blush based on choice of winner
Winner B - One color of choice of winner from Etude House 'Minnie in the Nails' Nail Polish

31st January 2013

Winner A - One Etude House 'Play Color Eyes' Palette in either 01 So Hot Play or 2 So Chic Play
Winner B - Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly CC Tint Bar of color of winner's choice

Plus, each winner will get an Additional Surprise Gift! Everyone will get something different so, you can keep guessing! Hehe.....well this is my bitter side *wink*

Fill in your details in Rafflecopter to be one of the winners.

You find any trouble then just drop me a mail at

Nov 30, 2013

Say What? 2 Nights 3 Days Complimentary Stay with The Nature's Co Beautywish Box!!

It is hard to believe but The Nature's Co Beautywish Box is giving to the first 100 of its December Box subscribers a two nights - three days complimentary stay, sponsored by Sterling Holidays.

The Beauty Wish Box by The Nature's Co is going great. They started this in October with each month's box of a predefined theme. October was their wedding special month. You can read about my October box and the mini review of the products here - The Nature' Co October Box (Was it REALLY worth it?)

In November, the theme of the box was winter special and all subscribers got a winter cap as their box. How innovative!

December is their Travel Special month and to celebrate they are giving the first 100 subscribers a two nights - three days complimentary stay, sponsored by Sterling Holidays.

Nov 28, 2013

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion with Clary Sage Review

A Million Thanks to Dear Lord because my dry skin is back! I was fed up with my Acne prone oily skin for the last 18 months of my stay at Kolkata.  As my skin is still kind of sensitive, I took out my favorite day cream - Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion with Clary Sage which I got from Sephora Delhi in January.

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion with Clary Sage Review

Back then when I tried this at store and I knew I had to have it. At that time in the store, thought it was winter, (or maybe because it was winter) the temperature was set to a higher level. My skin was burning and irritated that time. Anything I tried at Sephora seem to do nothing. Then, when I tried Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion, I could feel it working. I could feel that the tiny cracks caused by the dry heat was filled in by this cream. So, in Jan, this was my companion for 2 weeks but when I was back to Kolkata, I decided to stop using it as my skin turn oily in Kolkata. Now, that my skin is dry again, I am using it every day for last 2 weeks as both day and night cream.

The fact that the product is 99% natural did the trick of making me week on my knees. (You know I have thing against all chemical lotions and potions). All Burt's Bees products have this mentioned. For example their Orange Oil cleanser is 100% natural. And Burt's Bees products does work for me well. 

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion with Clary Sage Review

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance (Natural Fragrance), Propanediol, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Lactobacillus, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, Trichilia Emetica Seed Butter, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara ( Bitter Orange) Peel, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Lecithin, Alpha Glucan Oligosaccharide, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Stearic Acid, Sodium PCA, Potassium Stearate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool

Nov 27, 2013

Shayoni's Christmas Wishlist for 2013

For me, Christmas is a big thing. I mean I am not even Christian. Hello!! Maybe the love for winters and color red, I am always really sentimental when it is Christmas. I am already excited from last couple of days. 

Also, Sweet And Bitter Blog will be 2 years old this weekend (Thank You Dear Reader!) 

Lot of things going inside me and so, to calm myself down, I made myself a wishlist. Ta da!

1. The Body Shop Shea Scrub & Soften Gift Set – Well it comes inside a snowman tin says all the reason I need this. This contains Shea Body Butter 200ml and Shea Body Butter 50ml. Plus, I love their Shea Butter range. Cannot wait to hold this baby.

2. Ginger Sparkle Shower, Scrub & Moisture Collection – Another irresistible tin gift shaped like Gingerbread Man. This contains Ginger Sparkle Shower Gel 250ml, Ginger Sparkle Body Butter 50ml, Ginger Sparkle Body Polish 75ml and Ginger Sparkle Mini Heart Soap 25g. They launched this last year as well but I could not find this so, got the Ginger Sparkle Body Butter and Ginger Sparkle Mini Heart Soap.

3. Google Nexus 5 – So, this baby IS now available in India. I am waiting for Flipkart to stock it. My present phone is good enough but I am tempted badly this time..I am gonna get this and make loads of covers like I did for my Tab here.

Nov 25, 2013

[Tutorial] DIY Tablet / Phone Case

If you ever get to see my internet search history then you will be shocked to see how much I search “Phone Covers”, “Kawaii Phone Case”, “Printed Design Tablet Case” in

But, now I know somewhere deep down that they are not going to happen because they are very common and the unique ones do not ship to India. Recently, I got this I idea to paint my own using the kind of paints I am most comfortable with – Nail Polish.

1. Take any bold color case or cover.

2. Take a thick tape and line around the cover top to avoid spills. This will make the colors looks crisp because they will end in one line. Did I confused you? See the pic below. You can see that the colors finish in one line in a crisp way.

3. Choose your color palette – I took pink, light pink, fuchsia, neon pink, silver, grey and silver glitter. Start drawing horizontal lines with each color. Apply the next color even before the previous color has dried to get the transitioning effect.

As nail polish brushes, cannot pick that much color to go through the complete line smoothly, apply small paint bubble dots and then join them while running through the length to get a smoother look.

Nov 24, 2013

In Love With...

While the winter has started to know on the door, the humidity is gone, the air is now dry and so, is my skin. These days, this are few of the things that I am loving a lot.

The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Heart Exfoliating Soap - You do not sweat during winters so, you much use scrubs to exfoliate. This one aims at 2 things – mild exfoliation and beautiful warm smell. The Body Shop is going to launch Ginger Sparkle again this year in case you missed last year.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunky Cherry and Curvy Candy – As they are sheer, I was not using them much. But, as the need of a tinted balm has grown because of the dry weather, I am using them. They have all good characters of being a good lip balm - shea butter, do not have shimmer, no headache inducing smell, tinted and balmy. Plus, reapplying them is fun even if people are starting at you. LOL

Nov 17, 2013

Nivea Lip Butter in RASPBERRY ROSE Review

New Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose Review India

I really should not have got this as I am too many lip balms and these lasts for ages. 

But, this is the first time I could grab a lip butter inside a flat tin container in the Indian market. Also, I wanted a rose perfume and a raspberry body butter short I came up with an excuse get my tin of love

I wanted both but resisted to get please appreciate my resistance power. 

Now could I have said a BIG, not to these cute ones?

New Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose Review India

"Swirled in the pan,
Basking in the winter sunlight,
Is a lip butter from Nivea,
to save from any lip plight."

Nah...I should not even, let me continue with the review...

Nov 16, 2013

Haul from Innisfree In India and My Thoughts After Using The Products

Innisfree Khan Market Delhi India

From the Delhi Bloggers, I got to know that Innisfree, a Korean Skincare brand has entered the Indian skincare market and has opened their store at Khan Market, Delhi. I had an invite for the store opening event but I could not go as I was in Kolkata...duh! 

But, what got me most exited was when I saw the Birdcages given to the bloggers who attended the event. Also, they had real great offers going on like buy 5 face mark sheets and get 5 free while each cost just Rs 100, one could get 10 marks just for Rs 500. 

So, I had to ask Mr.Boy to go to the store and get few things for me. I talked with the SA there over phone and she was sweet enough to even give the birdcage to him (which I didn't even requested her to). 

I had no idea that the cage was big and it was stuffed with free goodies.

Innsfree India

The cute Birdcage which broke my knees and made me crawl because of how cute it is!

Nov 13, 2013

Eight Ways to Wear Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Tweedy 800

Move away crackle nails; 
make way caviar nails, 
Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coats have arrived!

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coats are available in 8 variants. Sally Hansen Fuzzy coat is a transparent coat with loads and loads of bar glitters of 2 color. My pick was Tweedy and it was simply because I am blown away with the type of possibilities that one can create with black and white. I could show here very few of the ones could try in short time because I want to post this ASAP – at least before these are gone from the store!!

Currently Testing ~ Revlon Photoready Products

Reviews will be up in a week's time.

Till them you read the review of the foundation from Revlon that I love so much that I end up recommending my friends and family - Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme

And do read the review of Three Revlon Photoready Blushes which are yet to come to India.

Nov 10, 2013

Quest Mall Kolkata has a LOT to Offer! [Visual Tour] [Parcos, Crabtree & Evelyn, MAC, Michael Kors, Furla & MORE]

After lot of anticipation, the Quest Mall is now open in Kolkata. For a year, everyone was guessing which stores will actually make their way for the new mall. Here are few images of the mall with stores coming up. I clicked the image yesterday (9th Nov). Most(all?) of the stores are yet to open but you get the idea of which stores are actually going to open.

Lifestyle is now open in Kolkata! The city of joy has more reasons to celebrate for sure! I got just 15 minutes to explore the store so, I am planning another visit to give you guys a details insight. BTW Bourjois Paris has a counter there.

Nov 9, 2013

Addicted to Tub-o'-Butter of The Body Butters

This was a anonymous meet. After everyone has spoken, she got up from chair and said – “I am Shayoni and yes, I am addicted to The Body Shop Body Butters.

It started with one harmless looking tub of The Body Shop Shea Butter Body Butter but I never thought that I will reach to this level where I cannot see any other suitable moisturizer for body. For three years now, I have used them back to back.

Nov 7, 2013

Gradient Nail Art Using Lakme Kiwi Martini and Lakme Color Crush 02

Messy desk encourages creative mind for sure. I saw these two colors lying together while organizing and I realized that I am yet to talk about these in blog. [Well there are lot of products that are yet to see the face of this blog but what can I do? I hardly get time these days to blog and when I get some time to breathe, I am really tired...]

Nov 6, 2013

Is The Nature's Co Beauty Wish Beauty Box Worth It? [Mini Reviews] [1st Box]

I planned on doing a mini review before it is time for the next subscription for The Nature’s Co Beauty Box to help people decide.

But, I got it on 29th Oct (late..coming to that later in this post) and so, I could use it for a week to give you a brief about the products in the box.

The Nature’s Co Beauty Wish Beauty Box

The Nature’s Co Beauty Wish Beauty Box

The Beauty Box by The Nature’s Co is a customized box. The box itself is a beautiful strong cardboard box which can be used to store jewelry or nick-nacks. The Beauty Wish box contains 6 main products with 2 bonus products. The box contains a letter addressed to the subscriber with complete details on how to use the products.

October 2013 was the ‘Wedding Edition’ of the box. They added some sandal potpourri which made the box smell great. They also added a 10% off voucher for Sia Jewelry, a 10 minutes spa session at their store and a 35% offer coupon for some selected products.

The size of the samples are commendable. Each has enough content to help you decide on them. But the package does not have any indication of the amount.

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