Monday, April 27, 2015

Maybelline The Colossal Liner + Kohl (Jewelled Jade) Swatches + REVIEW

The Maybelline 'Colossal' franchise all started with the colossal kohl a few years ago. Now, it's a household name that is loved by so many. They recently launched two new products which I've been using for about a month, so do 
The Colossal Liner is a life saver! It gives quick, precise and easy application and stays for 12 hours, it is an essential makeup product for every girl.
The Colossal Kohl has introduced three new colorful variants, Crushed Emerald, Jewelled Jade and Smoked Silver. It is the perfect kohl as it lines like a kajal and defines like a liner.

The Colossal Liner glides on very smoothly & gives an intense black line that dries sort of matte. The felt tip is long & quite firm with a well defined tip that handles well & makes it very easy for even beginners to get the perfect cateye, now it's so easy to draw one on! I do however have quite oily lids & that, coupled with Mumbai's hot, humid & sticky weather makes it difficult for any liner to stay in place for long. The long-wearing smudge proof claims didn't stay true for me, at least as I wore it one morning & when I came back that evening the liner had mostly disappeared leaving a faint, black smudge in it's place (at least it doesn't cause racoon eyes!) I can't say I'm surprised as a lot of liners have suffered the same fate with me, even really high ends ones (Makeup Forever has fared even worse). If you don't have oily lids or problems of makeup smudging on you too easily, you can give this a try! I will stick to the Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner  which is the only one that stays intact for me even after a long day!
The Colossal Kohl in Jewelled Jade is one of the most beautiful colored kohls I've seen! It's a lovely deep green & a wonderful alternative to black kohl in your waterline. Deep Greens compliment dark brown skin tones wonderfully & this stayed wonderfully & didn't smudge even after a long day. I've started reaching for this every time I put on makeup, love the subtle pop of color it gives - summery but not too bold or crazy :)
In the pictures below, I'm wearing the Colossal Liner on my eyelid, the Kohl in my waterline & of course my favorite The Colossal Volum' Mascara on my lashes.

Have you tried either of these products? Do share your thoughts in the comments below!


Friday, April 24, 2015

A bit about Ballerina Shoes (or Bellies!)

Ballet flats, Ballerinas, Dolly shoes or just bellies are derived from a woman's soft ballet shoe, with a very thin heel or the appearance of no heel at all. The style sometimes features a ribbon-like binding around the low tops of the slipper and may have a slight gathering at the top-front of the vamp (toe box) and a tiny, decorative string tie. Ballet slippers can be adjusted and tightened to the wearer's foot by means of this string tie and done.
The essence of the ballet flat has existed since at least the 16th century, in which men wore a similar shoe, then known as pompes. In medieval times ballet flats were popular with both men and women. They only came out of fashion in the 17th and 18th centuries when the high-heeled shoe came into fashion after Catherine de' Medici requested that her cobbler add 5 cm (2 inches) to her wedding shoes. Heels went out of fashion quickly after Marie Antoinette walked to the guillotine in a pair of heels. Functional shoes: sandals, boots, and flat shoes prevailed in the 19th century. Ballet flats took off again when Audrey Hepburn wore them with skinny jeans in Funny Face in 1957.

More recently, variations of ballet flats have returned as a current fashion trend, often referred to as ballet pumps or ballet sneakers and designed for outdoor wear, using a variety of fabrics and usually with a rubber sole. I still remember getting my first pair of ballet flats in school, they were black & silver & I absolutely loved them.

Ballet flats are now available in a variety of different materials (canvas, leather) & designs, whether they're printed, quilted or have the toe box in a contrasting fabric. They are comfortable to wear & look very formal & sophisticated at the same time, which is a rare combination since heel shoes are usually expected with formal outfits. These ate some of the reasons why the ballet flat has become a wardrobe staple in the last decade, & it's definitely here to stay!


Stay Hydrated, Stay Healthy!

It is often said that water is life & I cannot think of any truer phrase. Indeed, every single living organism requires water for survival, in some form or the other. A adult human itself is about 70% water! Just a 5% drop in bodily fluids can zap your energy while 15% or more could prove to be dire. While you need a basic amount of water to... how do I put this... not die! There are numerous many documented health & beauty benefits to keeping yourself well hydrated- more energy, less stress, healthy muscle, boosted brain power, proper body temperature, supple skin & I could go on...

Especially in summer, I love drinking water infused with fruits or vegetables. It encourages you to hydrate more, gives a sweet taste but is so much healthier than colas & packaged juices.

However, living in a big city we know that the channels we get our water aren't necessarily the purest! Water bourne diseases are a very real & serious threat. And so, we diligently filter our water to safeguard our health. But RO, tap water, filtered water and distilled water have water that is acidic as all the essential minerals are removed from it. This water also has high Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) which means that it is replete with free radicals that cause many diseases like acidity, constipation and even certain types of cancers. Alkaline, ionized water with anti-oxidants is healthy. It protects the body from infections and diseases and keeps it healthy.

Benefits of Alkaline Water!

And you might be wondering where you can get alkaline, ionized water? Well that is where Hydrojal Plus comes in.

Hydrojal Plus is India’s most advanced water ionizer. It converts regular water into ionized alkaline water and helps you maintain better health. It’s compact and can be easy mounted at your house. Once this is connected to the water supply, you get alkaline water at home. Oh & did I mention, it's really smart looking as well? The black & steel will go so well with my oven! :)

You can get a free demo of the Hydrojal Plus at home by requesting one on their website. They will even test the pH balance of the water you're drinking to find out just how acidic it is!

I'm really interested in making the switch to alkaline water, can't wait to see what a difference it makes!