02 September, 2014

I no longer have patience

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” _ Meryl Streep

I have written a blog post about criticism here earlier.
Some people openly criticize you. They might say, "I do not mince words" or "I am very frank". But evaluate whether you you want to stay with negativity or walk away. 
For example a plain jane girl I knew, who would never really take care of herself in any which way (health, fitness, beauty, fashion), would always remark seeing my carefully done nail art- "Yuck!"
It clearly sounded so full of jealousy. A remark of a loser who could not take care of herself.
What was the best thing for me to do? Walk away and also continue to enjoy life, that is beautiful.

Review: Vanya Honey Apple face wash

Recently I received this face wash from highly acclaimed director of alps beauty clinic, Bharti Taneja. 
She personally told me that you will like it a lot.
I used it and absolutely fell in love with the product. 
It has a pump on top and from that a white foam comes out. The face wash is so gentle, refreshing and leaves you absolutely clean and fresh. It has beautiful fragrance of honey apple that is so invigorating.
The skin feels moisturized and nourished and not dry at all. It seems suitable to all skin types.
I highly recommend it.

Dress by Marc Jacobs

This is a recent gift from my sister- Dress by Marc Jacobs and I am loving it.

Blogging is a double edged sword. There are people who love you for your blog and there are people who hate you, judge you and comment on you. One learns to live with it.
There are companies, people and products that advertise with you and pay to be on your blog and there are people who criticize you for no rhyme or reason. 
All this actually just works better. Because it segregates wheat from chaff. You get to know your well wishers vs jealous people.

Ring and bracelet are from Amrapali.

Caviar nail art

The name sounds so exotic- Caviar. Seems like something expensive. But I got this nail art kit from a local shop. It is made in China and it is quite reasonably priced. I got it for Rs.250/-
The nail art artists too use the same product.
It comes in packaging of 2 bottles and a funnel shaped thing to put the left over granules back in the bottle.

One bottle has a nail paint and the other has dry granules. You just have to apply nail paint. Then put the granules (so called caviar) in a tray that comes with the kit. Dab your wet nails on those and they stick to your nails. You can press with your fingers. I also put a top coat on it to be more sure.

It is super easy to apply and do your own nail art. Its drawback is that it takes ages to dry. It seems like forever. But I had applied it at night and slept after that. By morning, they were firm and rock solid.
It also takes forever to remove them. But there is a technique which can make it easy. 
Wrap each nail in cotton soaked with nail pain remover. Also cover them with aluminium foil. Keep it on for 5 minutes and now these will come out easily.
These come in various shades and are super pocket friendly. So go and experiment.

01 September, 2014

Mac mineralize foundation review

I always used to use mac mineralize foundation but compact not liquid. I always thought that I am not good at blending the liquid and it can look patchy.
My review: I blended it with sponge (not brush) and it was easy. It did not look patchy. But it is little oily and makes my skin shine (specially in pictures). I prefer a mat finish. I think this will last me much longer. It comes in neat packaging in a nice bottle. The pump takes out just enough to apply one time.
I am not 100% satisfied with it. Hence, I will buy my previous compact too. 

This is the one I have been using till date and I am 100% satisfied with it. It is super easy to apply and blend. It does not make me look oily, it has a SPF 15 too. I do not have to use any other product with  it. The only disadvantage is that it finishes and gets exhausted in about 2 months maximum. It is not cheap. But it is the safest bet.

Birthday of my student

Last year I had attended my student's Birthday bash in the same restaurant- Olive. Here are the pictures for the same. This year again, it was her grand Birthday bash.
What I wore:
Dress: Previously also worn here.
The bolero/shrug I have worn over it, can be also seen here and here. I have worn it as a dress, skirt, top and now as a shrug.

The Birthday girl and my tango student.

Both of them learn tango from me.

31 August, 2014

Estee Lauder Envy Shine Review

Inspired from my favorite make up and beauty blog, I got experimental. Till date, I have never experimented or deviated from Mac. I thought it is the safest bet. I asked my husband to get me this.
My review
Beautiful packaging, sleek and feels so very rich.
It is 230- Pretty perfect
My review- I have seldom used this light color. In first application, it seemed refreshing change. I thought it looked very fresh, like rose petal pink. It had soft creamy texture. I had to really rub hard 2-3 times to get the exact color. I was elated with the result. 
Later, what I was not satisfied with, was its lasting time. I am used to, my lipsticks staying for hours even after I eat or drink. This one vanished within couple of hours. Maybe because it is so light colored.
Final verdict: I might not buy the same color again. But I will definitely like to try more shades from Estee Lauder. It is fabulous for people looking for very light, natural shades of hint of pink. One thing is for sure, this color will never make you look dolled up or garish. It is certainly very sophisticated and elite color.

Lipstick color vanished in less than 2 hours.