Amazon ‘Try on Haul’

Hello everyone!

If you’re someone, who enjoy try on hauls a lot, then this post is for you! 🙂 This is a fun post for me as it is my first ever amazon fashion haul. In this haul, I am sharing three skirts and a dress with y’all which I purchased recently and all these items are still available on the website. You can find the links of all these items in the outfit details that I have shared along with the pictures.

Let’s begin…

Note: For Size Reference: I’m 5’2” petite. I typically wear US size S, MP or size 6-8 in tops and dresses. 

Dress

First thing I’d like to talk about is this cute dress. I bought this dress in size Medium. The fabric of this dress is thick enough that allows it to lay nicely. But at the same time, it is very lightweight that makes it extremely comfortable to wear. This dress has pockets too. This is how this dress looks on me:

 Price: $19.99 free delivery & free returns with Amazon Prime

Sizing: available in Small-xxl, you can get it here

Skirts

Next in the haul are the three skirts, out of which the Top two skirts I had bought from same seller. Both skirts have pleats and pockets. The waistband has a thick elastic which really helps holding the waistband up, so it doesn’t curl when you sit. As for length, the skirts reach a bit below my knees. I absolutely loved these skirts. I have both these skirts in size Medium. This is how both skirts look on me: 

Price: $19.99 (each) free delivery & free returns with Amazon Prime

Sizing: available in Small-3xl, available here and here

The next skirt in the haul I’ve purchased from a different seller than the previous ones. I love the fabric, the print and the style of this particular skirt. If you decide to buy this skirt, be aware of the size chart as I personally found it a little confusing. I ended up ordering size Large in this one and when I tried after it got delivered, it was loose on me. So I had to return and re-order the size Medium which fits perfectly. This is how it looks on me:

Price: $18.60 free delivery & free returns with Amazon Prime

Sizing: available in Small-xxl, available here

To be honest, I’m super impressed with everything I found. Everything is super affordable. All of these finds are under twenty dollars. Also, I’m really impressed with the quality of all the items, especially considering the budget-friendly prices. I have already washed them once and didn’t notice or experience any color fading etc.

That’s all for today! 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed my first Amazon fashion haul and most of all that it was helpful!  Let me know if you want me to do more of these in the future? Also, be sure to head over to my Instagram to get everyday outfit inspirations as I post ootd flatlys frequently.

Thank you so much for stopping by ❤

See you soon in the next post! Until then…

MAC ‘Men Love Mystery’ Matte Lipstick: Review & Swatches

Hello everyone!

If you’re following my blog from quite some time now, then you know I am a total lipstick girl 🙂 This is one reason that I love to try new lipstick shades whenever I get a chance 😉

Recently, while exploring Nordstrom’s website, I saw some online beauty deals and there I found this beautiful shade of Mac lipstick, which was on sale. The shade’s name is: ‘Men Love Mystery’.

Men Love Mystery is described as a ‘lavender violet’ lip shade with a Matte finish and it has a moderately warm tone.

The application of this lipstick is very smooth even though it is matte. When I first applied it on my lips, the application was even and opaque, even though I had to swipe 2-3 times to get the desired color on my lips. It had a semi-opaque color payoff with a slightly creamy texture.

It has that wonderful vanilla scent associated with all other MAC lipsticks that I personally enjoy. On me, it lasted for four and a half hours. I did some light eating and drinking while wearing this and there was little transfer of the product.

This is how the shade looks on me:

As you can see, on the top left corner, I’ve added the picture of my bare lips. My lips are naturally pink in color. Here I haven’t used any lipliner under this lipstick. I am very impressed the way it covered my natural lip color completely.

I think this is a gorgeous shade of lipstick. In fact in my opinion, it is a very wearable purple shade. I am totally in love with this lipstick. What do you think about this shade? Do you like wearing purple on your lips? If yes, which ones do you recommend?

Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

See you soon in the next post! Until then…

Almay Healthy Hue Blush: Review & Swatches

Hello everyone!

Recently, I made an online Target purchase, in which I ordered some beauty and skincare related items; some of which I recently shared in my last post. If you haven’t checked my last post, feel free to check it here. I shared a skincare haul in that post and in today’s post I am sharing a bit from that purchase which is about Almay’s new Healthy Hue Blushes. At target.com these blushes retail for $8.99 each for 0.17 oz of product in each pan.

In Brand’s Own Words:

According to the brand, “This is lightweight blush for a flush of color. Almay Healthy Hue Blush is formulated with high pigment technology that provides true color payoff. Made with sustainably sourced paper. The lightweight formula blends effortlessly and is buildable from subtle to intense for a smooth lightweight finish.

This Product is not only Clean (formulated without: Phthalates, Propyl-paraben & Butyl-paraben and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)), but also Cruelty Free and/or not tested on animals. Also, it does not contain any synthetic fragrances as well.

Packaging:

The packaging of this blush is different from all the other products from this brand. It is more eco friendly because it is made from recyclable paper. There’s a transparent lid on the top, so you’re able to see the actual color of the blush without opening it. The overall packaging of this blush is made from a cardboard material which closes with a magnetic click. There is no mirror or brush inside whatsoever. As you can see in the pictures, the blush comes in a unique embossed design which looks really pretty.

The shades I’ve picked are: 

  • 100 Nearly Nude

  • 200 So Peachy

Nearly Nude

This is a medium nude shade with a warm brownish-peach tone to it. It has a very subtle luminosity to it. It is sheer at first but you can easily build it up to get the desired color on your cheeks.

So Peachy

So Peachy is a very beautiful, perfect peachy shade of blush for Summer. It has a pinky undertone to it with an added sheen.

Swatches:

My Thoughts:

In my opinion, these are very good drugstore blushes. These are cruelty free, fragrance free and are free from all sorts of nasty chemicals. It is a budget friendly option, as you can get this blush under $10 (USD). 

Texture wise, both of these blushes apply very smoothly. Pigmentation wise, I don’t think these fall more on sheer side, instead they do add a flush of color to the cheeks which is buildable. Also, the shades are beautiful in each pan.

I, personally really liked these blushes and I am so happy with my purchase! How about you? Have you tried’em yet? What are your thoughts on these blushes? Don’t forget to share 🙂

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Almay Healthy Hue Blush

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Hope to see you in the next post. Until then…

Pacifica Beauty Haul

Does this ever happen to you where all of a sudden you run out of all of your skincare products, all at once? Well it did happen to me recently when a re-stock was much needed. But before diving into a skincare purchase, I wanted to go for some more budget-friendly and clean beauty items this time. Thus Pacifica was discovered!

Pacifica is a 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and natural brand. You can find Pacifica at Target, Ulta, or on their website. These products are affordable and the packaging is unbelievably fun and cheerful.

So here’s what I purchased:

  • Balancing Hemp & Lavender Makeup Removing Removing Wipes

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  • Pacifica Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes

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  • Cleansers
    • Cosmic Hemp Balancing Face Wash
    • Rose Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash

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  • Masks
    • Disobey Time Rose & Peptide Facial Mask
    • Stress Rehab Coconut & Caffeine Facial Mask
    • Cosmic Clay Face Mask

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That’s all I have for today 🙂 Have you tried any of these yet? Let me know your thoughts if you did!

And yes, I’m going to post the reviews of these products on my Instagram stories in upcoming days. So stay tuned! 🙂

Have a wonderful rest of the week! ❤

See you soon in the next post. Until then…

Sally Hansen Color Therapy ‘Reflection Pool’: NOTW

With the arrival of warm weather, one of my favorite things to add in summer fun is the bright and bold summery nail polish colors. When it comes to taking care of my nails, I’ve been painting my nails at home for as long as I can remember. Hence, I am always on a look for lovely nail polish shades for my collection.

Today I am sharing a post about a very beautiful nail polish color, which in my opinion, is a perfect shade for summer. It is from Sally Hansen’s ‘Color Therapy’ Nail Polish range, a nail polish line that contains argan oil which is supposed to help with hydrating and nourishing of your nails. Argan oil complex is a patented micro-delivery system that contains argan oil, acai and evening primrose oil to condition the weak and dry nails by penetrating the nail beds and nourishing them. 

Sally Hansen Color Therapy system contains a glossy top coat and the nail & cuticle oil: both formulated with the same argan oil contained in the nail polish to add an extra dose of nourishment. 

The nail polish shade I am sharing today, is called ‘Reflection Pool’ which is a blue/purple duochrome color alongwith medium to heavy shimmer in it. I think this shade is just beautiful and screams ‘a summer day at the beach’ to me. 😀

My daughter was kind enough to model and let me take pictures of her nails wearing this nail polish 😉

She’s wearing three thin coats here, but two will do too. As you can see in the pictures that this is a reflective shade. I only wish I could have captured the duo-chrome shifts a bit better on camera. But I am very impressed with the fact that even though it does have a nice duochrome shift, it leans onto the subtle side and does NOT look too dramatic.

The formula has a sheer application, but builds-up to a great coverage. Consistency wise it leans on the thin side, but doesn’t run to the sides or cuticles. Lots of shimmer in this finish, but it doesn’t complicate removal whatsoever. It dries down to a nice high-shine finish on its own. Also no staining on removal to my nail bed or cuticles.

Overall, Reflection Pool is a total must-have from Sally Hansen if you are into bright bold nail polish colors for the Summer. It can be found at drug stores and mass merchant stores. It is currently available online at target.com as well.

That’s a wrap on this quickie swatch post! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this shade or anything else really. 🙂  Let me know down in the comments what you think and I’ll catch you next time. 

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Have a lovely day ❤

See y’all soon in the next post. Until then…

My Everyday Makeup Essentials

Hello everyone!

For all of you beauty lovers like myself, I think you’re going to like today’s post! Because today I am sharing my every day makeup  essentials. Personally, I love reading other beauty bloggers makeup favorites because I think it is so much fun to know what other people are loving lately.

I enjoy wearing makeup on most days but I definitely don’t have an extensive makeup routine. I can do my daily makeup look in 15-20 minutes, which can easily give me a put together look. In today’s post, I’m not only going to share the details of makeup products that I’m loving and using these days but I am also going to share my thoughts about these products. Please keep reading.

Let’s start with the Facial makeup products first.

Face 

Primer:

Like many other makeup enthusiasts, I, too, like to start my makeup by applying primer after I’m done with my skincare. There are two primers that I am using these days. One is: the POREfessional face primer from Benefit Cosmetics and the other is the Illuminating face primer by Cover | FX. I usually apply the equal amount of both of these primers on my face. I find it perfectly works for my combination skin as it smooths the pores out while providing a velvet finish at the same time.

Foundation: 

I wasn’t a ‘foundation’ person until a few years ago. All I preferred to use was either a BB cream or just a face powder for minimum coverage. Its only 2-3 years back that I started using the foundation on a more regular basis. The one I am using currently is  Born This Way by Too Faced in shade Warm beige. This is a medium to full coverage foundation. So for everyday purpose, I only need a pea-size (or even less) amount. Sometimes, I even like to add few drops of face oil to my foundation to get that perfect dewy look. 

Concealer:

Next is the Instant Age Rewind Concealer from Maybelline.  I am totally obsessed with this product.  I have dark under-eyes. I could get 12 hours of sleep and my under-eyes will still be dark. That’s just how it is. This concealer works great. The pigmentation is so impressive. Some days I like to use an orange corrector before applying this concealer under my eyes. The shade I use is Sand.

Blush: 

The two blushes that I am loving currently are: Nars Orgasm and Covergirl Cheekers blush in shade 185 True Plum. Both of these blushes have a very good color payoff. I think both these shades are perfect for summer.

Bronzer:

I started using this bronzer only a few weeks ago. It’s relatively a new launch by Revlon and its called Skin lights prismatic bronzer. The shade I use is Sunlit Glow. This bronzer has a very beautiful sheen to it. It’s a very impressive drugstore bronzer for spring/summer. 

Highlighter:

Master Chrome by Maybelline is the first highlighter I have ever owned! I have this highlighter in shade 100 Molten Gold. I am so happy with this highlighter and I absolutely love the way it shows on my skin. If you’re interested to know more about this highlighter then please check this post where you can find the full review of this product.

Eyes

Eyebrows: Most days I don’t feel the need to do anything to my brows, but sometimes if I want a little extra definition, I use one of my favorite brow products which is Precisely, My brow pencil by Benefit cosmetics. It has a convenient packaging. Whether I need to fill in a few gaps or just add a bit of color, it works just fine.

Eyeshadow: There are two eyeshadow palettes on my current list that I use mostly if I decide to go for an eye makeup. One is Photo Edit Eyeshadow Trio by Smashbox in Snap Queen. I bought this trio while I was on the hunt for a simple, SMALL neutral eyeshadow set that I could travel with but also it has everything I need. I was really happy to find this because of the colors.The other palette which I am loving these days is NYXULTIMATE Shadow Pallete in Ombre. I am absolutely enjoying using this palette during this season because of the vibrant colors this palette has! 

Eyeliner: I am using two liners currently. One is by Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in shade Zero which I use mostly on my water line. And the other one is liquid eyeliner from Clinique i.e. Pretty easy liquid eye lining pen. I use this one particularly for lining my eyes and creating the wing. I am in love with both of these products. 24/7 is a (second-time) repurchase and I think nothing else is going to replace it for a long time. I am also enjoying using liquid eyeliner pen as well, as it is so easy to use for people like me who really struggle to create a winged eye 😉

Mascara: The mascara I’m currently using is the one from Burberry. It’s Cat Lashes in Jet Black No.01. The best part is that the wand itself has a curvy hourglass shape with plenty of flexibility. I’m personally a fan of spiky bristles and I found it applies a good amount of product in a single coat without looking overly clumpy, although you could majorly plump them up with a second swipe! 

Lips

Lipsticks: As for the lipsticks go, there are a couple of shades that are on my everyday list. Please check this post to know more about my favorite everyday lipsticks.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! I certainly did 🙂 . What makeup products are you loving currently? If you have some recommendations, please share them in comment section. I’d love to read them ❤

Have a great day!

See you soon in the next post. Until then…

Target (Clean) Skincare Haul & Mini Reviews

Hi all! 

I hope you’re all well and safe. 🙂

I am so excited for today’s post. I have a little haul to share. Few days back, I ordered some stuff online from Target. Mostly skincare related. The best part about today’s haul is that all of these products that I purchased from target are from their ‘Clean’ skincare range. Target Clean is a product range in Target store, where you can easily identify the products formulated without specific ingredients you may not want. This range promotes the products that are formulated without propyl-parabens, butyl-parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-donors, nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), Oxybenzone, SLES, retinyl palmitate, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, BHA and BHT. 

Without further ado, let’s begin my Target Clean skincare haul!

1. SunBum Facial Sunscreen 

This SPF is a moisturizing sunscreen cream. This sunscreen delivers both UVA/UVB protection and is packed with Vitamin E. This product is both oil-free and water-resistant.

It doesn’t only protect the skin but it’s also Gluten, Cruelty and Paraben Free. I’m very happy with this sunscreen. It also rubs in very well and doesn’t leave a thick white layer on my skin. It has a lighter scent. The texture is creamy and lightweight but it’s not sticky at all.

2. Native Deodorant

I got this deodrant in ‘Lilac & White Tea Scent’. As stated, it’s Aluminum free and Paraben free product.

I like the scent of this deodorant. It smells great however, it doesn’t last long. I love the fact that this deodorant is all natural but for the price value of $12, it only works for 5-6 hours and then I’ve to re-apply. I won’t say it is a bad purchase but I’d be really happy if it would last a bit longer.

Lastly, I think Its a good option if you you are thinking of switching to natural deodorant. They have a ton of scents and baking soda-free versions for those who might be sensitive. 

3. Boots Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil 

Let me start off by telling you why I decided to buy this product. I have a sensitive skin with combination type. My skin around the nose area, usually stays dry that sometimes becomes flaky if I don’t pay much attention to keep my skin well hydrated and well moisturised.

I was drawn to this facial oil mainly because it was 100% organic. It contains no nasty chemicals such as parabens or sulphates and it only contains a mix of essential oils that seemed really appealing to me because as I mentioned earlier that I have a sensitive skin and I didn’t want to use too many harsh chemicals on my face.

This has a lightweight, non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly into the skin. It hydrates my face well when my skin gets dry without leaving any greasy feel. This facial oil comes in a small glass bottle with a little pipette so you can squeeze out the drops of the oil.

It has rose-hip in it which is great for hydrating and anti-aging of the skin. You don’t have to use a lot of product, a little goes a long way. I like how it has natural organic scent and not a heavy fragrance scent. I’m loving this product so far.

4. Aveeno Repairing CICA Moisturizing Hand & Foot Mask

Ok I’ll start by confessing that I absolutely LOVE this product. It’s my new go to. This is not the first time I’ve purchased this amazing combo of foot-hand masks. These masks are really easy to use as the packing of these masks is absolutely mess free. I love how I can still walk around my home without worrying. I, usually put some nice warm socks on over the mask booties and just let everything soak in. When I take the booties off, I like to rub the leftover product into my ankles. This mask leaves my feet softer and more moisturized than ever.

For hands too, I put on hand mask once every week during night time before sleeping. I leave the mask on for 30-40 minutes and then rub the leftover product onto my arms. I always love the results next morning! Definitely try these out. 🙂 You will NOT be disappointed.

5. Versed Face Masks:

This is my first time using anything from this brand. The reviews were so good, so I had to try these out!

Versed Photos Please Brightening Tightening Face Mask has turmeric and kaolin clay that helps for tightening and brightening.  

Whereas, Versed Look Alive Hydrating Plumping Face Mask contains rosehip seed oil and hydrating aloe leaf juice.

Each of these packets contains 12+ applications! I’ve used these masks twice and I noticed these masks were neither harsh or drying on my skin. I like them so far. I also like how clean the application is: No mess whatsoever. And I love that the ingredients are safe for my body and skin.

So this sums up my mini Target haul. I hope you liked it 🙂 Lemme know what is your favorite product from this haul! Can’t wait to hear from you!

Thanks for reading.

See you soon in the next post. Until then…

5 Amazing Ideas To Spend Mother’s Day This Year

Mother’s Day is almost here, and it’s likely to be a little different this year in the days of quarantine and social distancing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate this day.

Whether you’re celebrating your mother or you are mother yourself, it’s always fun to find ways to make this day special and memorable.

As a mother, I know how much effort many young children put together to create thoughtful crafts at the school, to take home specially for their moms  during the regular school days. Now, if your kids are older or teenagers, they can find the ways to celebrate this day with you but if your kids are younger or say under 10, you can’t really expect much from them even if their spirits are high for celebrating this day for YOU! 

Hence, in today’s post, I am sharing few ideas on how you can make this year’s mother’s day special both for you and your kids.

  1. Plan a Memorable Photo Session

Family pictures are every mom’s weakness! Right now you may not be able to have a professional mother’s day photoshoot done, but what you can do is to plan a fun photoshoot at home. Make it a whole event by putting on some music, getting dressed together, and even creating a fun backdrop. Photos are a great way to create and recall fond memories. You can try  a casual yet cute “Mother and babies in bed” photoshoot, where they can be playful with each other and capture those delicate moments full of love. Or you can try yet another (my favorite) “matching from head to toe” fun photoshoot with your gang which I am sure, will make some of the cutest and loveliest captures ever.

  1. Plan a Tea Party   

Next fun celebration idea is to plan a tea party for yourself and the kids. Not only are tea parties fun for both mommy & kids, but also its an easy event to plan. All you need to do is just to boil some tea, bake some treats, setup a table and and you have a party!

If you’re not in mood for doing much (which I totally understand 😉 ), you can stick with simple fillings like peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese and turkey and mayonnaise, or a strawberry cream cheese spread can be a guaranteed winner. Simply trim off the crust or even better give these sandwiches a cute shape using a cookie cutter and you’ll see how these mini treats will become instantly favorites of your kids.

3. Plant Something Together

Children are always curious. This mother’s day you can involve them in gardening by simply purchasing a few clay pots. You can spend some quality time together to paint your pots and then plant some flowers or herbs into them. This way your children will be excited and enjoy caring for and watering the plants all spring and summer long.

Gardening with kids have many benefits. It is a great way to teach about the environmental awareness to kids. It also help teaching kids responsibility as plants require a lot of care.

Gardening also introduce kids to the scientific concepts. Like you can tell them what makes the leaves green? What do plants need to thrive? How much water does the plant need? etc.

Last but not least, Gardening helps teaching kids patience. Growing from seed to producing plant can take weeks! There’s no better teacher of patience than gardening.

4. Prepare Whole Day’s Meal In Advance

Brunch on Mother’s Day was and is a fantastic tradition. But since we can’t go out anywhere for brunch, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it. By planning ahead, we can still manage to do it at home. So rather than waking up at an obscene hour to cook something nice for mother’s day, you can plan to cook food for the whole next day in advance and can enjoy it on mother’s day. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy the morning and whole day without being stuck in kitchen the entire day.

5.  Record a Video Of Entire Day

Now this is something which I consider quite easy and fuss free. When you’re not in mood of doing anything on Mother’s day, except either staying in PJs or in bed, you can just record various mini video snippets on your phone and then can edit it later to create a wonderful Mother’s Day video by adding some music to it. By taking the advantage of  digital format like this, you can easily make memories for lifetime. And you’ll be glad and so proud to have something so cute and adorable to cherish forever.

Last but not least, I’d like to add that don’t forget to take the time to compliment yourself this Mother’s Day and recognize the truly wonderful and loving gift that you are to your kids. ❤

I hope you liked these ideas 🙂 . Don’t forget to share if you’re going to try something from this list or if you’ve some other unique ideas of your own to celebrate this special day. 

I wish all the Mother figures out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! ❤ ❤

See you soon in the next post. Until then…

5 Things Keeping Me Sane Right Now

While the whole world is coping with difficult circumstances (because of the ongoing pandemic), it’s normal to feel anxious.  Some days it feels tough to find even a reason to smile. We all may be busy with homeschooling, work or family, but at some point or another we all find ourselves feeling inescapably bored, distressed and  trapped inside our homes. For most of us, being in quarantine is a totally new experience. We’ve never known a life of strictly working from home, only going out for groceries, and not being able to visit friends or family. Living life like this is taking a toll on our mental health.

However, fortunately there are still quite a few things we can all do to keep ourselves sane as well as happy under these odd circumstances. Today I’m sharing 5 such things/activities that are helping me to keep going and help me staying strong during this uncertain period.

  1. Meditation

I am sure, many of you’ll agree on this with me that Meditation provides a firm connection with divine while practicing quietness and stillness. It is something that changes the way you experience every moment of your life.

This is a habit I have been cultivating for the past 1 year now. I started meditating 3-4 times a week initially but these days, I try to meditate almost every day. I’ve noticed that I feel less stressed and feel more in tune with my mind and body.

2. Exercising: 

Second most important thing on my list these days is exercising (indoors). Not that I wasn’t into exercising earlier, but staying active now under these circumstances, is much more important than ever. Exercising not only lifts the mood, but also helps in boosting the immunity. It also helps in managing stress which can help in a better sleep, both of which can be difficult when schedules are disrupted. 

Staying physically healthy during times of stress is just as crucial as managing your emotional and mental health. So these days I try to do a combination of different exercises. I don’t force myself to exercise on any particular time. I just give myself freedom to do it whenever I get time or I feel like. The only thing I make sure is to exercise at least 5 days a week to reap the maximum benefit.

3. Journaling:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we already have into ‘enough’ and much more. It is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being because it shifts your perspective from ‘Lack to Abundance’ and allows you to focus on the ‘good’ in your life.

Journalling is something that I’ve started doing in the beginning of 2020. This is definitely not something that I force myself to do every day. But whenever there’s a pressing issue that I can’t seem to get out of my head, I keep writing until I have nothing left to say about it. Journaling has definitely changed my perspective towards life.

To practice gratitude, all you have to do is to write down 3 things that you are grateful for every single day especially on bad days when you feel stressed, upset, disappointed, and angry. As we practice gratitude, we become increasingly aware that there’s always something to be thankful for, even in the bleakest situation.

4. Planting

Taking care of plants (indoors or outdoors) takes a whole lot of attention because it requires detail, effort, and patience. Every time a new leaf unfurls, it’s one of the most rewarding feelings you get.

I have accumulated few houseplants over the past few weeks. I dedicate roughly 10-20 minutes every day in plant care. As surprising as it sounds, I truly believe that they have helped me to stay positive and feel less anxious.

If you struggle to stay positive or your thoughts frequently spiral after a long day, I highly suggest investing in a plant or two. I promise you won’t regret it.

5. Baking

I never thought I’d admit this but I am enjoying baking like I have never enjoyed it before. 😀  

You may be wondering how in the world can Baking help in keeping anyone sane?!

Believe it or not it has been proved that baking can bring many psychological benefits to a person, one of which is stress relief. Research says that baking is actually very good for focusing the mind because it often relies on very exact measurements. For example, you will have to add all the ingredients in the correct order and measurements or your cookies will be soggy. Just like that when you have complete focus on a recipe and you don’t allow yourself to be distracted by your thoughts, it can have a therapeutic affect on your mental and emotional health. And I’m sure, like me, many of you are already indulged in baking by now 😉

At last, I just want to add that I know the times are harder right now, but so are we! If you haven’t already then find and start doing things that can make you happy and less anxious. Remember to take a leap of faith and stay hopeful that this shall pass too 🙂  Stay home Stay safe ❤

See you soon in the next post! Until then…

CT ‘The Gift Of Pillow Talk Lips’: Review & Swatches

Few months ago, Charlotte Tilbury launched a limited edition gift set. It includes:

  • A Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk (3.5 g / 0.12 oz)
  • A Mini Lip Cheat Pencil in Pillow Talk (0.8 g / 0.02 oz)

I purchased this gift set few weeks back for 35$ (USD). In my opinion it was  a wonderful deal to try the ‘fan favorite shade Pillowtalk’ not only in the pencil form but also in the form of lipstick.  I ordered this gift set directly from the Charlotte Tilbury online shop. Here’s how it looks:

Packaging:

Both the lipstick and lip cheat pencil comes within this beautiful gift box. When you first open the box, you see two sections where both the lipstick and lip pencil are securely placed. The lipstick is cased in the usual luxurious rose gold packaging as you can see below:

My Thoughts:

* Mini Lip Cheat Pencil in Pillow Talk lipliner was my first ever purchase from this brand. Before buying this gift set, I already had the Pillowtalk lipliner in my collection. This particular shade is a very beautiful ‘pinky nude’ in color which in my opinion isnot too pale, not too pink, and not too nude. It’s just a perfect mixture of all. The texture of this lipliner is very creamy and smooth. It’s completely matte but non drying at the same time. Even though it has a matte finish, it doesn’t tug on my lips.It feels very light on the lips. Having that said, I do suggest to exfoliate and prep your lips before for a better experience. The best thing I like about about this lipliner is that’s it’s light enough to wear it under your lipstick without feeling too much going on, and its pigmented enough to wear it on its own without needing the lipstick, as the pigmentation level is incredibly rich and opaque. For me particularly, the shade of this lipliner somewhat matches to the natural color of my lips. So whenever I wear it alone, it feels like my lips but better!

* Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Matte Revolution is a muted, medium pink lipstick with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. Unlike the Pillow Talk Lipliner, It has an added sheen to it which makes is more hydrating and non-drying on the lips. It has a medium, buildable color coverage with a velvety, smooth finish. It comes in the form of slightly rectangular bullet.

Swatches:

Here, in the top I am wearing the lipliner alone and in the bottom I am wearing the lipstick alone on both lips!

Here, in the picture below, I have ‘lipliner only’ on the top lip and ‘lipstick only’ on the bottom lip. You can notice how similar both shades look with a slight sheen in the lipstick (bottom) and with a bit more matte in lipliner (top).

And just above, I tried to kiss on my hand to see how much both products transfer, you can hardly see the lipliner on my hand as compare to the lipstick.

The picture below shows the different times during the day. I first wore both the lipliner and lipstick together at 1 in the afternoon. Then I had lunch and you can see a slight wear off. Around 5, it actually started fading but still there was a good amount of product left on my lips. And then around 8 after having dinner, it was almost gone!

Conclusion

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Pillow Talk’ gift set didn’t disappoint me. Why? I’d like to start with the price. The price of original Pillow Talk lipstick is 34$ (USD) and full size Lipliner costs 22$ (USD). While in this set, you’ll get the same amount of lipstick with an additional mini lipliner just for 35$. Isn’t that an amazing deal?!

Next, I’d like to talk about the shade itself. When I first wanted to buy this particular shade in the lipliner, I was a bit skeptical if the shade was going to compliment my skin tone or not? But to my surprise, I didn’t only end up loving this shade but it has become one of my top favorite shades in my lipstick stash. 

Now let’s talk about the quality of the product. I find the texture of both lipstick and lip liner are very pleasant.The quality is spot on. As I discussed earlier, both of these products feels very light and not so drying on the lips. I didn’t feel any weird smell or taste in them either. 

From longevity point of view, the lipliner lasts a bit longer than the lipstick itself. For the lipstick alone I can get around 3 hours and then after eating something I feel the need to retouch. And for  lipliner alone I get around 4-5 hours of wear but if I combine both of them together, the color stays longer for about 7-8 hours on my lips even after eating or drinking something. It fades evenly throughout the day and don’t leave any stains behind.

I am sure you’d definitely want to know if both of these lip products are transfer proof or not? So, here’s a good news and a bad news. The good news is that the lipliner does not transfer much, but comparatively, the lipstick transfers on the cup or a glass every time I sip something! Hence, here’s another clue to use this lipstick in combination with this lipliner for better results, instead of using it alone.

Last but not least, I want to say that I’m so happy to have both of these lip products in my collection. Its almost amazing to get both of these for such an amazing price! But if you’re on a budget and don’t find this deal anymore anywhere, I would definitely suggest to get the lip liner first! 🙂

Have you tried either of these yet? Don’t forget to share your thoughts ❤

See you soon in the next post! Until then…

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