Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fab Bag March 2015 #MakeupForDifference

Last month I 'unboxed' the February Fab bag on my YouTube Channel so this month I thought I'd switch things up a bit & blog about it this time over.
The March Fab Bag comes with a quote by Coco Chanel on the outside. I will admit, it's not as attractive as last month's bag but the contents make up for it, I think.
This month's fab bag actually contains three full sized products & one sample size. Oh & two of the four things are makeup, I was quite pleased with that.
The SoulTree Kajal definitely makes me feel a bit nostalgic, I don't think I've had a conical, retractable kajal since I was in junior college (in fact I think it was one of the first 'makeup' products I was allowed to use back in school. This one comes in a host of colors (with mine being True Blue). Like most kajal it's completely natural & safe to use in your waterline. In fact I remember reading that kajal is quite cooling so this is perfect for the season.
I was definitely most excited about the Sebastian Volupt Spray! This 'spray gel' is supposed to add body & texture. Even though I already have very thick hair, it does go limp in the roots & I'm always looking for new ways to style it. I tried this just once (& let my hair air dry, but it's supposed to be great with a blow-dryer too) & I was reasonably pleased with the results. Will need to try it some more before I can formulate a proper opinion. I actually like the size of the bottle as this will be perfect while travelling.
I've read quite a lot about Palladio products (like their rice powder) so I was very excited to try the Palladio Herbal lipstick in Rosey Plum. It's a deep, wearable shade that's quite pigmented & long lasting.
I'm always excited to try new Indian brands, especially ones that are natural but this Inveda BB Cream was definitely too light for me, so I won't be using it.
I also got a bracelet from Fashionography, which I didn't photograph. It's not something I would wear & it came with a rhinestone missing.

Even though the March Fab Bag was definitely value for money (the lipstick itself costs more than a month's bag) the products were sort of hit or miss for me. Irrespective it's always fun to try out new products & I can't wait to see what they have in store for next month. You can get more information & subscribe on their website.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TIGI Masterclass at Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2015 with POPxo!

Lakmé Fashion Week just concluded a few days ago & I'm still recovering from the craziness of it all & sharing some of my favorite moments with you.
This season the folks at TIGI had a masterclass with Celeb Stylist Savio John Pereira at #LFWApartment followed by a styling session & I was very excited to attend as a POPxo blogger!

The session was headed by Savio John Pereira & also featured Audrey D'Souza & Reetu Dang, hairstylists & educators from TIGI India.

Bed Head by TIGI has an extensive range of products for different hair textures & purposes. One thing that really attracts me to BedHead by TIGI as a brand it their tagline 'Your Hair, Your Way' - they're made for people (like me!) who love experimenting with their look. You guys know I love to mix things up in the hair department, whether it's coloring it (my hair is currently dark brown, red & purple, in case you're wondering), getting short haircuts or wearing it straight one day & wavy the next.
I'll also be the first to admit that I'm not too adept at styling my hair myself & I have a lot to learn. I've recently begun heat styling on a regular basis, so I'm always on the lookout for hair care & styling products that will help me achieve the looks I want, help my hair stay how I want it to stay & then of course repair all the damage that heat & coloring does to my hair. I'm not asking for too much, am I?

Savio answered a few common hair questions- he advised using a good amount of styling product but not so much that the hair gets over saturated & weighed down. Mumbai is a humid city but ib monsoon's it's going to get even more humid (humidity does no favors to anyone's hair, I'm sure you all will agree) so for daily styling during the monsoon, he suggested embracing & enhancing the natural texture of your hair rather than trying to change it (don't straighten curly hair or curl straight hair daily) & of course nourished hair is happy hair.
Stylist Reetu took us through the process of 'cocktailing'. While Bed Head by TIGI products do have individual ranges such as Dumb Blonde & Foxy Curls, all the products can be mixed & matched with ease, to suit your hair & get the look that you're after. Though TIGI products are formulated & used by professional stylists, they're equally easy to use at home too, even if you don't possess mad hairstyling skills.

Savio then did a quick hair makeover on POPxo co-founder Priyanka Gill & within minutes transformed her already gorgeous hair, giving it more volume & texture with some very effortless looking waves (you can have a peek at her finished look in the little video I made below).

When it was time to get my hair styled, Audrey opted to give me a nice voluminous blowout. My hair was freshly washed & perhaps too enthusiastically conditioned, so she used a generous amount of Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo at the roots to get rid of the excess grease & give my root area some much needed lift & finally finished off with some curls (who knew you could achieve such pretty, long lasting curls with a hair dryer & a round brush?!) And did I mention, it took less than 5 minutes?
I was absolutely in love with my look & couldn't stop touching my hair!

Did I mention there was wine, snacks & blogger friends, some of whom I was seeing after a while? All in all a super fun way to spend an evening & I did pick up a few tricks. I made a little video of the masterclass (under two minutes!) 

TIGI products are available in select salons & also online. Be sure to follow @TIGIIndia on twitter for regular tips (pssst... you can ask them questions too!)


Shopping | Lenskart Sunglasses Carnival

Lenskart is India’s leading online shopping portal for eyewear. With a country-wide reach including cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad, online shopping India has been made easy with Lenskart.
I've used them in the past to order spectacles (I blogged about it here). Since Summer is upon us, they have a great sale coming up that I just had to share with you!

Lenskart is going to organize India's biggest sunglasses carnival ever. More than 5,000 sunglasses are on attractive discounts including all top brands & it couldn't have come at a better time!

Sunglasses are one of my favroite summer time accessories because they're both functional & stylish. They shield your eyes from UV rays, reduce glare & just add so much to your look. I always prefer to have just 4-5 good quality pairs rather than 20 cheaper ones.
Ray-Ban is definitely my favorite brand, because it's what my parents have always worn, long before I came along. They have a large variety & are completely timeless. But they aren't the cheapest sunglasses, so a sale like this is definitely awesome. I think I'm going to buy a pair or two, for sure.

Have you shopped for any new sunglasses this summer? What's your favorite sunglass shape? Lately I've been favorite round & oval frames.