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Inglot Lip Paint #59

Lilac Lips, Anyone?

This little pot brought 2 of my current favorite things - Inglot Lip paint & Lilac. Inglot Lip Paints are some of the best lip products I've ever tried, so I'm sort of collecting them little by...I mean one by one.
Ever since I got the MAC Violetta lipstick from the Venomous Villains Collection, my eyes are always drawn to the purple family. I have never worn a lilac lippy before, and this one is perfecto. 

Inglot AMC Lip Paint 59


Hot Pink Travel Makeup Bag

Just when I was thinking about getting the Sigma MaxBag, I was gifted this cute hot pink makeup bag. I like that it looks like a handbag.

There's a strap inside, which you can attach to the sides and sling it on your shoulders if you want. I know, it should have been hot pink too, right? But it goes with the pink-light grey combo.


Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipsticks Review & Swatches

For a rich lip colour with a creamy shine, the Velvett Matte Lipstick, available in 45 stunning shades infuse the lips with vibrancy. Its unique 2-in-1 formulation gives the lips a creamy, yet matte finish. A one of a kind product in India, it has super softening agents that give the lips a soft and supple appearance while keep them nourished with Vitamin E. Staying on up to 5 hours on application, the Velvett Matte Lipstick can be further accentuated with lip gloss and lip liner.

Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipsticks

Forever New Haul & Accessorizing A Skirt

You see an expensive-looking Metallic Brocade Skirt at 50% off (under 900 bucks) + it's the last piece + it's in your size. What do you do? You grab it & try it on (outside, coz the trial rooms are all occupied.) 
You don't really need this skirt (and you have another FN off-white skirt you bought almost 2 years ago & have never worn), so you're confused whether or not to buy it. 30% buy, 70% don't buy. Then a girl wearing nothing but a white banyan (under shirt) pops out of a trial cubicle & asks you if you're buying the skirt. You're terrified! "YES. WHY?" clutching the skirt tighter.
Girl in banyan: A little embarrassed & right hand on chest "No... I'm just asking. If you're not buying then I'll try it on"
Yes, you're buying it. You just needed a minute to think.


Favorite MAC Lipstick. Hint: Pastries

I was looking for a mlbb (my lips but better) lipstick at MAC last year, and after trying more than 10 brown-pink-toned lipsticks, I found one that wasn't exactly mlbb but close. It looked very natural and I lit up my lips. I had to have it! But it wasn't in stock!
Skip to happy ending... I finally got my hands on it!  ♪ ♫ lalala  ♪ ♫
It was first launched with the MAC Euristocrats Collection in 2009.


Lakme Fantasy Collection For Spring 2011

Lakme will be launching a new collection called 'Fantasy' by Gauri & Nainika, that might just be their best collection yet. You (or just me) hear 'fantasy', you automatically think 'magical'.

About Fantasy Collection:
Spread your wings and let a million fantasies come alive. This season, get ready to be sprinkled with fairy dust as Lakmé, India’s leading beauty brand, explores a new dimension in color cosmetics with “Fantasy Collection”. 

Lakmé announces talented designer duo, Gauri & Nainika as the Grand Finale Designers for Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2011, scheduled from March 11-15, 2011.

Excited about the collection, Gauri & Nainika said, “We are thrilled to be associated with Lakmé. The theme this season, Fantasy Collection, is one that is close to our hearts. Our association began with the creation of this new theme, which starts four to five months prior to the show. It is an exploration into the feminine and almost dreamy influences that drive the many moods of all women. With its fresh, vibrant colors of nature, Lakmé’s summer palette provides that element of richness and a touch of idyllic that every woman craves for. We hope that our collection will unfurl a whole new world of sparkling fantasies for women.”

On the association, N. Rajaram, Vice President, Lakmé says, “This year, with the introduction of the Lakmé Fantasy Collection at the Grand Finale, we will mark yet another step towards bringing to the modern Indian woman, fresh, invigorating and exciting color cosmetics. Lakmé’s new collection is targeted at the confident woman of today and Gauri & Nainika embody this pioneering spirit in their creations and we are elated with this association. We have been working together for the last three months and we are sure that this collection will once again create the buzz and excitement that defines a Lakme Grand Finale.”

I can't wait for Lakme to reveal the Fantasy Collection!

Update: Product photos & info HERE

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^

Mac Cremeblend Blush ~ So Sweet, So Easy Review & Swatches

MAC has decided to relaunch the Cremeblend blushes that came out with In Lillyland Collection, and discontinue Blushcremes. It doesn't affect me coz the Blushcreme shades I like will be converted to Cremeblend.

Mac Cremeblend Blush in So Sweet, So Easy is a bright yellow pink which looks very bubblegum-ey. It is quite sheer and needs to be layered for it to show. I reach for this only when I'm feeling 'pink', but don't want very rosy cheeks. I'd say it is a warmer-toned & cream version of MAC Pink Swoon Powder Blush 


Romantic Look Of The Day

I'm wearing this look today & think it looks 'romantic'. Though I'm feeling far from romantic hehe...
I'll do a breakdown of this look in case you're thinking about wearing a similar look...and hey, Valentine's Day is right around the corner! ♥

Mac Prep+Prime Line Filler as base
Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Foundation
The Body Shop Loose Face Powder
Mac Cremeblend Blush in So Sweet, So Easy


Top 6 Lakme Enrich Satin Lip Colors For Indian Skin Tones

(There'sonly 5 up there coz I forgot about the 6th one when I clicked that pic, but don;t worry it's down there)

Here my Top 6 Lakme Enrich Satin Lip Colors that I think would suit Indian skin tones- light, medium, dark. Most of them were part of the Gypsy Collection that came out last fall-winter, except for one shade, which was launched with the first batch.
*I didn't bash up the poor lippies. They were squished/dented like that when they reached me.

(L-R) 663, 266, 129, 424, 423

Read on for lip swatches...


The Carrie Diaries + F21 Earrings = Fabulous Things Under 500 Bucks

Last year I reached a point where I didn't feel happy after a shopping trip unless I've spent over 8-10k. I know, it's terrible. I felt terrible. It's not about the money, but the amount of things I had to buy to feel satisfied. The more I bought, the merrier I was. That has to change this year, I thought.
Recently, I bought 2 things that made me feel good, but didn't burn a hole in my pocket. Fabulous things that I would actually use.

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell - If you're a 'Sex and The City' fan, you have to read this.

I've just read half the book (so if you've finished it, NO SPOILERS, please :) ), and I can't put it down. It's hilarious! Carrie's dad is a hoot. I plan on finishing it tonight.
I thought I'd post the 1st chapter in case you want to read a little before buying.

Lakme Fruit Blast Pear Butter Deep Hydrating Mask Review

Pear Butter Deep Hydrating Mask with Pear & Shea Butter ~ Rescue and rejuvenate rough, flaky skin with pears and pure shea butter. Formulated for deep cleansing and intense hydration, this mask complements any skin care routine. Soft, buttery yet grainy textured pears are rich in vitamin C and K that help revitalize your skin. Shea butter helps moisturise the skin, promoting cell renewal.


2 Must-try Products For Dry Skin

Don't you just hate it when dry skin starts itching like hell? Especially in places your arms can't reach, like the areas somewhere near your shoulder blades. You ask someone to scratch, but they keep missing the spot..."to the right...a little to the left...a little lower...ya there...scratch harder!". 'Arghh!' moment when that someone is a nail biter!
So, we need skincare products that will prevent dry/itchy skin and unladylike behaviour =D. Like these 2 that I am personally loving this winter:

Dove CreamOil Shower Creme Cherry Blossom & Almond Scent ~ LOVE this! A dollop of it on your loofah will turn into a luxurious creamy lather. The cherry blossom & almond scent is not as delish  as I thought it would be, but it's not bad either. And once it lathers up, you won't care how it smells coz it feels so darn good! It looks like a body lotion and it's baby pink in color (1st pic)
Price ~ Rs.350 for 500ml.

Vaseline Lip Care Rosy Glow (Strawberry Frost) & Healthy White (Fresh Vanilla) Swatches

Newest lip care products in my stash- Vaseline Lip Care in Rosy Glow & Healthy White.

Vaseline Lip Care Rosy Glow (Strawberry Frost) is strawberry flavored and glossy like a lip gloss. It gives lips a soft pink tint. It has a mild cooling/menthol feel, hence the 'frost' to it's name, I guess. I thought it was going to plump up my lips too, but no.

Vaseline Lip Care Healthy White Lip (Fresh Vanilla) is a clear jelly-like balm that protects lips from UV & darkening. I like the pink tube. I can hardly smell the vanilla in it, but it is definitely not fragrance-free.
Both claim to give 24 hour+ moisturized lips.


Colorbar Nail Treatment ~ My Nails But Better

If you don't have time to buff your nails, you could do with a product that will give you the same results in 2 minutes. For me, it is Colorbar Nail Treatment

Colorbar Nail Treatment can be used alone or as a nail polish base. I have only used it alone. I apply 2 coats and my nails look so much better, as if they are laminated. I really like the consistency of this product because it is neither runny nor thick. It is just right to apply evenly without any streaks. Hmm...I should use it as a base too.

Giveaway! Win a Set of Voi Velour Pants & Hoodie (International) CLOSED

In my previous post where I showed you some chic sets of Velour pants & hoodies, I said that there would be a giveaway. So here's a brand new set in a lovely dark teal color (my camera doesn't pick up green well) for one lucky reader of IVC!

Sizes available: Small (my size), Medium, Large, Extra Large.

Want to win them? All you have to do is 2 or all of the following:

  • Anyone can enter, even those who don't have a blog. But you must to be a follower of this blog on Google Friend Connect (1 entry)
  • Like Voi's Facebook fanpage (3 entries)
Extra Entries:
  • Blog about this giveaway or put the giveaway pic on your sidebar with a link to this post (2 entries)
  • Tweet about this giveaway (2 entries) ~ RT to win @In_VanityCase Velour Set Giveaway
If you do all, your name will appear 8 times in the list.

To enter, please Copy & Paste the following and fill whichever apply in the comment box below:
  • Google Friend Connect Name: 
  • Facebook profile name:
  • Link to your blog post about this giveaway:
  • Tweet:
  • Email:
(Please make sure you enter only once and in one comment only so there will be no confusion)

* We will be checking everything, so anybody who cheats will be disqualified.

This giveaway is open internationallyAll entries must be submitted before 7th February, 2011 at 11:00 PM IST. Winner will be randomly picked by me and will be announced a couple of days after that. The winner will be contacted via email and if I don't hear from her within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

*Note: The sets are brand new & will be mailed by the company in the best condition. However, they will not be liable for any loss or damage in transit. 

Thank you for entering & Good luck! :)


♥ Cynthia Z ^.^

Bright Rimmel Lipsticks ~ Swatches

Bright lips will definitely be a trend in the spring, so I picked out 3 of the brightest lipsticks I have that aren't red or hot pink. They are by Rimmel- Moisture Renew & Colour Show Off.
Moisture Renew lipsticks have a lustrous moisturizing finish, whereas Colour Show Off lipsticks have a matte/velvet finish and are highly pigmented. I like both finishes. I think Rimmel Lipsticks are worth a try if you are a lipstick gal.

Rimmel Color Show Off Lipsticks ~ Kiss Me, Pink Fame


DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

This cleansing oil is DHC's 'superstar' product. Ever since I came to know about cleansing oils, I've wanted to try this one as it'a very popular and gotten rave reviews.

Claims: Try this amazing cleanser and you’ll see why it’s our most popular product worldwide. Dirt, excess oil, makeup—even waterproof mascara—and other pore-cloggers dissolve easily, leaving your face a grime-free zone that is soft to the touch. Its unique water-soluble formula rinses completely, so you’ll never see a greasy residue. Olive oil and vitamin E help ensure you won’t see dryness either.
Ingredients: olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil.


Make Up For Ever Moulin Rouge Inspired Look

Since I'm into red lips these days, I thought I'd do an inspired look and it had to be Make Up For Ever's Moulin Rouge Collection promo pic. Hope you like!

Ricci Ricci By Nina Ricci For 'My' Special Day

Today is a special day for me, and I'm celebrating it with Ricci Ricci by Nina Ricci.

It's a special day because it's my day. Literally. 14th January is "Cynthia" Day, named by 'somebody special' for reasons that are personal. No, please don't wish me.. haha! It sounds silly, but it means something to us, plus I get gifts so it's not silly after all! ;)


Mac Chromagraphic Pencil ~ Great Spot Concealer!

The Mac Pret-a-Papier Collection is long gone, but I want to rave about one product that have been treating me real good- Chromagraphic Pencil. 

The Chromagraphic Pencil is a multi-purpose product. It can be used as a concealer, eye liner (a good alternative to white pencil for the waterline.) But it's NOT FOR LIP AREA. I guess outside the lip line is okay, when you want to emphasize your pout.
I use it mainly as a spot concealer. It covers pimple scars, freckles, dark spots pretty well + I can precisely dot it where I want it. It's definitely better than the other jumbo-like Mac concealer pencils

Mac Chromagraphic Pencil NC15/NW20

Let's test it on the freckle (or whatever it is) on my hand.


New Bourjois Healthy Mix Range

Looks like Bourjois has come up with some new products carrying the Healthy Mix tag:
  • Healthy Mix Serum - A gel foundation
  • Healthy Mix Bonne Mine Loose Powder ~ Matte finish powder made with 96.8% natural formula
  • Kabuki Brush ~ With goat hair
 Healthy Mix Loose powder is available in 2 shades: 51 For Fair to Medium Skin & 56 For Dark and Tanned Skin

My Healthy Mix Foundation is almost over, so I guess I better wait for the gel one now.

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


Make Up For Ever Très Vichy Collection For Spring 2011

Who wants to kiss (on the cheek!) that girl in the promo pic? Isn't the whole pin-up girl meets Barbie look just ADORABLE?!! And OMG...BOWS! *.*  Très Vichy in French means "Very Gingham" and I'm a big fan of gingham prints too! I can't wait for this collection. It's the cutest one since the MAC Hello Kitty Collection in  my books. I hope that it'll definitely be launched in India too.

Make Up For Ever Très Vichy Collection is inspired by Brigitte Bardot, the iconic French actress & model.

Tres Vichy Collection Products:
Star Powder Diamond ~ Crystal White, Sweet Pink, Peach Pink, Pale Green
Très Vichy Palette ~ Crystal Diamond # 301 and Cheek Color # 303. 
Très Vichy Faux Lash ~ Lashes with gingham bows. Oh-so-cute!

I see a Très Vichy-inspired look coming ;)

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^

My Perfect Imperfections. Baring it all!

I know I'm quite late with this tag, but I didn't have the time (and courage) to do it until now. I was tagged by Anju to do this a few months back.
Basically, I have to list my 3 imperfections & 3 things I love about myself. So here goes...

My 3 Imperfections:
  1. Skin ~ When it's good, it's great. When it's bad, it's a female dog. I've had one pimple after another since last December. Permanent scars- pock mark on my forehead, scratch mark on my cheek (I'm not sure if it was the nanny or the mother). The biggest evil of all? Pigmentation/Melasma. It's like a time bomb! Right now I have clusters of dark spots in areas of my face, and if I stop taking care or GET KNOCKED UP, they will increase in size and spread all over my face! Ahhh....!!! Babies or a flawless face? One day we will find out.
  2. Uneven lower teeth ~ Actually my top ones were uneven too, but I got them fixed. The lower ones were a lost cause. I'm thinking Invisalign this year, although I could live with uneven bottom teeth.
  3. Nose ~ I wish it was shorter and 'cute as a button'

Nyx HD Grinding Blush

NYX is tempting me more than ever before with their new HD (High Definition) products. But the most interestesting to me are the Powders and Blushes, coz of the grinding technique that's used to release product.

Nyx HD Grinding Blush
What it is: A revolutionary system for face blush. This genius system grinds mineral-enriched high-definition blush powder that deflects light from skin an makes pores appear smaller and smoother. Perfect for photos an filming. Grinding powder allows you to control the amount you need and keeps remaining product fresh. Say goodbye to oil trappings on powders, contamination, and cracking.

HD Grinding Blush Shades:
Menage A Trois! I'm not opposed to that in this case ;)

The HD Grinding Powders work the same way. Doesn't this technique sound really cool?!! I can't wait to get my grinders on them!

Blush is priced at $16.50
Powder is priced at $25
I know, the prices are so unlike Nyx. But I guess if they're HD products, price should be HD too ;).

 So, if you wanna grind, you better start saving!

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


Mac Cremesheen Glass, I Adore You!

MAC Cremesheen Glasses are one of my Top 5 MAC Products. I love them so much! They are creamy & glossy without being overly sticky.

What makes MAC Cremesheen Glass different from other lipglasses? It is a lip finish that fuses the creamy, sheen-filled nature of Cremesheen Lipstick with the shine of M∙A∙C Lipglass. Soft, comfortable, non-sticky. Applies with a doe-foot applicator. Use as a top layer to its namesake Lipstick or on its own.

Nyx Powder Blushes Review & Swatches

Today, I will be swatching and reviewing 2 NYX Powder Blushes- Peach & Pinky. They are both matte blushes, soft & velvety, super-blendable and affordable. They are cutely packed and I like the geometric designs on them too.

Nyx Peach & Pinky


Find Katy Perry/Lady Gaga Wigs, Eyelashes & Costume Items At KKCenterHK

I was contacted by this Hong Kong-based online website called KKCenterHK right around the time I was looking for a Katy Perry wig. As you all know wigs and such are very hard to find in India (and Miss Jo didn't have the ones I want ether.) I checked out the site, and boy! They sell a lot of stuff! Wigs, Eyelashes, Gloves & Stockings, MakeupESSIE Nail Polishes, and shoes too! :). They ship internationally, which I'm really happy about, coz I really needed an online store for wigs and stuff. You know I like to dress up! =D

Anyways here's what they sent:

Blonde wig (Click HERE for detailed pics & price)
I just love the curls in this!

My Hunt For Dotted Stockings & Found These...

Ever since dotted stockings became a trend, I'd been hunting for a pair. I didn't find them here and I didn't find them in Kuala Lumpur back in September either. I got so desperate I even thought about buying a plain pair of  black stockings and using black fabric paint to put dots on them. Okay, honestly, I just thought of that. I didn't get that desperate.
For the record, I don't like the ones with BIG penny-sized dots. Small beauty spot dots for me.
So, on Christmas Eve day, I found a pair with heart-shaped dots from Aldo. I wouldn't have bought them if they costed more than what they did, which was Rs.450, coz they didn't look like they'll survive a minor scratch from a dry cuticle, let alone a chipped nail! And they weren't packed in a polythene packet, they were just displayed barely for all to feel & scratch! I don't know what Aldo was thinking! =[

True story is: I was in Aldo with a friend, told the SA I was buying the stockings, she took it to the cash counter, then I got distracted looking at sunglasses & earrings, and left the store totally forgetting about the stockings! Of course, I remembered a few feet later and went back to actually buy them.

Since I'm doing stockings, I thought I'd show you these ones that I got from Kuala Lumpur as well...

Yup I 'settled' for these since I couldn't find dotted ones. Something is always better than nothing, right? I think they were about the same price as the Aldo ones. 

By the way, some people call these "Tights". Like, 'dotted tights' or 'patterned tights'. I can't bring myself to call them Tights, coz tights to me are the thick and opaque knit ones. If they're sheer, I always call them "Stockings". But yeah, I guess tights seem appropriate for sheer ones too. What about you? Tights or stockings?

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


Nail Polish Swatches ~ Maybelline Colorama 40 Graus, Coral Chic & Bourjois Tangerine Fatal

Here are swatches of 3 new nail polishes in my collection:

  • Maybelline Colorama 40 Graus - A glossy bright red
  • Maybelline Colorama Coral Chic - Coral with subtle peach/gold shimmer
  • Bourjois So Laque Tangerine Fatal - A Tangerine/orange shade
(L-R) Maybelline Colorama 40 Graus, Coral Chic, Bourjois So Laque Tangerine Fatal

Ins & Outs This Month

I thought I'd let you in on some of my Ins & Outs of the first month of the new year. I kinda liked doing this post. It was like getting to know myself again and almost like organizing my mind, in a way. Towards the end of last year, I was a little bit lost and confused, coz there was too much stuff going on...
Anyways, getting back to topic...


  • Shower creams- It's time to ditch the shower gels and reach for creamy body washes. I'm eyeing the TBS Coconut & Shea Shower Creams, and Dove Cream Oil Body washes. I want them all!
  • Red! Red lips, red dress, red coat.  I didn't sport any red during December at all, so I thought I'd start now. I also haven't worn red clothing in a really long time! It used to be my favorite color. I got a military style coat from Forever 21 recently. As for red lipsticks, I like- MAC Venomous Villains lipstick Heartless, Make up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Moulin Rouge, Revlon Colorburst True Red, Maybelline Color Sensational Fatal Red.
  • Military-style coats/jackets. Red, white, an bright colored ones are my favorites. Forever 21 sells some at affordable prices.
  • Dotted Stockings. These are quite hard to find in Delhi right now, but I managed to find a similar pair  (will show you)


  • Painted toenails. I decided not to paint my toe nails all winter, coz I wear socks all the time. I'll let them breathe till....well, when I wear open toed shoes again
  • Gold makeup- eyeshadows, nail polishes, lipsticks etc. I was tired of seeing gold right from Diwali till the end of last year, so I won't be wearing anything gold until the next festive season, unless I really need to (maybe not even then!)
  • Liquid Foundation. I haven't been using my liquid foundations these days, coz I prefer creamy ones in winter. Bye bye Revlon Colorstay Foundation for now. 
  • Procrastination. It eats you up & fills you with guilt. Why wait for later when you can do it right now? Just do it (tick!)
Well, those are some of my Ins & Outs. What are yours?

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


Bourjois Volumizer Mascara Review

Bourjois Volumizer Mascara works in just 2 steps to build up to 11x more volume, clump-free.
Its secret? An innovative transformable brush. 
Its formula builds instant volume to lashes and can be applied layer upon layer without clogging, boosting volume with every stroke. And it's good for your eyes.

Use Step 1 for extremely defined lashes with 2 x more volume, perfect for the day or if you want to focus on your lips.


Lakme Lip Love Lipstick ~ Love Haze Photos, Review & Swatches

Lakme Lip Love Lipsticks are a rage these days! After seeing the red packaging with the heart and all, I think they should have launched them around Valentine's Day. Not that I'm complaining. I mean, the sooner, the better, right? 

But if any boys are reading this, these lipsticks are great gifts for women on Valentine's Day. You're welcome! :)

Found Some LA Colors

A few days back, I came across LA Colors cosmetics and OPI Nail Polishes at a kiosk in Mega Mall, Gurgaon. The woman there does nails too- acrylic and stuff

I bought the 5 Color Metallic Eyeshadows in Circus. 5 bright & vibrant colors- Purple, Magenta Pink, Yellow, light Green, Electric Blue.

I bought it for Rs.270. Real cheap for the pigmented quality of the eyeshadows. The palette is sturdy too, and come with a dual-sided sponge tip applicator.


Bourjois India New Launches

My first haul in the New Year ~ Bourjois! It just had to be. I got the much-awaited Bourjois Volumizer Mascara today. It is priced reasonably at Rs.550. I can't wait for tomorrow when I can try it out! Will review it in a few days.

The New Little Round Pot Eyeshadows  have also been launched.

These are paraben & fragrance free & contains upto 80% of mineral pigments. They didn't have all the shades in Lifestyle. I wanted the shimmery purple one (2nd in 3rd row) but they didn't have it. When I swatched them, they felt very soft and blendable and not hard like the old single eyeshadows. The shimmery ones however are not so pigmented and the glitter is kinda 'loose' and  doesn't cling to the skin.

The other thing I bought is Bourjois So Laque nail polish in Tangerine Fatal, which I really really wanted ...

Tangerine Fatal (Rs.350)

Sorry, I'm not able to click photos right now. I'll surely do that later this week.
Bye for now :)

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^