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Illamasqua Theatre Of The Nameless Collection Sneak Peek & Win 4 Nail Varnishes

*Press Release: With just a week until the launch of our highly-anticipated AW11 Theatre of the Nameless collection we have a sneak preview for you, and a fantastic competition to celebrate!


1 Month Challenge LOTD ~ "Unpredictable"

I'm thinking about doing LOTDs (Look Of The Day) 3 times a week for 1 month, mainly because I want to use a lot of my makeup more often- especially the products I can't wear everyday. Most of the looks are going to be very random, sometimes completely unwearable, but I hope you'll find inspiration in them :)

I said that I'd do a look with Inglot Lipstick #103, so I decided to wear it this time.

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara Review

I was so excited to try out Maybelline The Falsies Mascara! Falsies in a tube, who wouldn't want to try that, no? 

False lash glam, instantly!  
• Patented Spoon Brush fans out lashes from corner-to-corner, while our Pro-Keratin formula instantly builds volume without clumping
• Unique flexible wand helps to lift and separate lashes to provide the look of 300% more visible, fuller lashes, no gaps from any angle
• Contact lens safe and ophthalmologist-tested
• Waterproof, also available in Washable formula 
How to use:
Hold brush with spoon side upwards against lashes and sweep from root to tip to fill in gaps and coat each lash with Kera-Fiber formula. Repeat until false lash look is achieved. Do not let dry between coats.


Katy Perry's Outfit At MTV VMAs 2011

Bye bye, clutch. Hello, umbrella!

I think the whole ensemble is cute and quirky. I personally would wear the shoes and the umbrella, but not the dress- I just wish it was made differently.

What do you all think? Yay or Nay?

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^

Benefit some kind-a gorgeous ~ Foundation Faker

What it is:
This lightweight, translucent, foundation-like product smoothes out imperfections and evens skin tone with a silky, smooth finish that's super natural and super gorgeous.

Shades ~ Lite, Medium & Deep. I got Medium.

How to apply ~ Apply evenly all over face with accompanying sponge or fingertips. I prefer to apply it with fingers, coz I feel the sponge eats up the product too much.

Packaging is like a record. Very cool! :)


"You Belong To Me"

"You Belong To Me" can sound both psycho and passionate. 
  • Psycho - if you're squeezing the person's neck and say it without blinking.
  • Passionate - if you're running your fingers through the person's hair and say it with a smile on your face.
Okay, they both sound psycho. Well, how should I know?! I've done neither. least not to a living thing. 
So, the latest nail trend is colored French tips, which I love love love- mainly coz I'm very lazy about doing my nails & I hate waiting for them to dry. 


Dolly Wink Limited Edition Eyelashes & Case

I love Dolly Wink lashes, they are so light & reusable. So, I couldn't help getting the Limited Edition ones- well, mainly coz I really liked the bottom lashes. This packet contains a lavender-colored eyelash case, lash glue, and 2 sets of lashes- top and bottom:
  • Top Lashes ~ No.2 Sweet Girly
  • Bottom Lashes ~ No.6 Baby Cute 


Kareena Kapoor Launches Lakme Absolute & At LFW Grand Finale For Manish Malhotra

The new high-performance, long-wear make-up range by Lakmé 

Mumbai, August 21, 2011: Today at an exclusive event at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011, Kareena Kapoor, unveiled Lakmé Absolute – Lakmé’s high-performance, long wear make-up range, which lasts up to 16 hours. She was recently chosen as the Face of the cosmetic giant as she embodies the very qualities the brand stands for. On the occasion, were present Farida Kaliyadan, General Manager, Lakmé and Lakmé Make-up Expert Cory Walia. Cory demonstrated a Lakmé ABSOLUTE look on Kareena Kapoor, the one that she’ll be wearing on the ramp at the Lakmé Grand Finale

At the launch, Kareena Kapoor, Face of Lakmé Absolute said, “I’m very proud to be associated with a brand that introduced the concept of make-up to the Indian woman and I’m excited to be undertaking this new journey with them. I’ve been using the products for a while now and Lakmé ABSOLUTE keeps my skin radiant and makes me look beautiful the whole day without the need of any touch-ups. Its long wear and high-performance products are just what I need.”

Fake It! Get Thicker & Longer Lashes In 4 Simple Steps

You all know I have pitiful lashes. I look at them and I think: Why, God? Why?!!! 

Longer & thicker lashes OR longer legs & a model's body? I'd pick the lashes. Really! :)

Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how I do my lashes:

  • STEP 1 ~ Curl Lashes. Make sure you curl them from the roots.


BB Creams ~ Skin79 BB Cream & Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream + Powder

BB Creams- What's the deal?
BB Creams became cult products when Korean actresses and celebs revealed that BB Cream is the "secret of their beauty". They must have undergone laser treatments and had to use BB Cream during the recovery period.

What is BB Cream?
BB Cream, short of Blemish Balm, was initially used by dermatologists on patients who underwent laser treatment. The cream is meant to protect, soothe and refine highly sensitive skin.

I have used 4 BB Creams so far- Skinfood Mushroom BB Cream (talked about it here), Etude House Mineral BB Cream, Skin79 BB Cream, and Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream- with a matching Two-Way Cake Powder.

Skin79 Beblesh Balm ~  Doesn't 'Beblesh' sound like a mistake? Like, they meant to say 'Blemish' but didn't know how to pronounce it right or spell it? I mean, a neighbor in my hometown used to pronounce 'Sandwich': 'Swish' =D
This one has amazing skin softening properties. It plumps up my skin- in a good way. Available in 2 types- Pink Label & Gold Label. If you ask me what's the difference between this and the one in a gold bottle, I'd say they are exactly the same. I tested both and they are ditto. I guess Skin79 just wanted to offer a different colored packaging. Hot pink was my first choice, of course, and I love it! Available in only 1 shade, which is not so light. What's best about it is it doesn't dominate my skin, my skin dominates it.

Price ~ Around Rs.1200.


Maybelline Hyper Diamonds ~ Sparkle Your Eyes Like Diamonds!

I'm feeling Maybelline today guys :). I'm not in the mood to write too much, but I hope you enjoy the photos & swatches.

Maybelline Hyper Diamonds ~ Sparkle your eyes like diamonds for a 100% more luminous, open-eyed look!

They look like the new Maybelline Color Explosion Eyeshadows, don't you think?

Hyper Diamonds BR-2 & GY-1

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss Touch Of Toffee

I'm not a fan of clear lipglosses. If I want clear, I'll pick a lip balm, you know what I mean? Most of my glosses are either pink or peach, and I don't have a nude/flesh-colored lip glosses. Then along came Touch of Toffee, and I was converted. I should let other people pick makeup for me more often :)

I like that it is not the drippy or sticky kind, it's more creamy. Even though it has those shimmery particles, it doesn't feel gritty. I like that it smells like orange juice.


Beautiful Indian Brides by Lakmé Studio

Take a look at the three gorgeous authentic bridal looks created by Lakmé Studio at Lakmé Fashion Week:

Mumbai, 19th August, 2011: Kick starting the bridal season for the year, Lakmé Studio unveiled its bridal look book for 2011 by demonstrating  three gorgeous looks from across the country at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011. With a complete collection of eight stunning bridal looks, this look book is a must have for every Indian bride to make her big day absolutely perfect. Eight Bridal themes that form the look book by Lakmé Studio include looks for the north Indian bride, Tamil bride, Muslim bride, Kannada bride, Gujarati bride, Catholic bride, Bengali Bride among others.

Encompassing bridal looks from regions across India, Lakmé Studio unveiled three captivating  looks defining a Punjabi bride, a Muslim bride and a Tamil bride. Keeping in mind the contemporary Indian woman these looks depicted  confident and individualistic women who are not afraid of experimenting with their looks while remaining true to their culture and heritage.

Draped in magnificent bridal creation by  eminent designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee and complimented perfectly by  exquisite jewellery by Cappuccino  Collections, these three gorgeous models were transformed into the most beautiful brides by Lakmé Studio experts Sudeep Grover and Pallavi Symons. They demonstrated distinct Punjabi, Tamil and Muslim bridal hair and make-up on each of these gorgeous models. Each look  not only defined their  distinct personality but also represented their rich traditional attributes.


Fashion Friday ~ Green & Black Outfits

I was going to put up these photos separately long back, but since the both outfits are the same color, I decided to put them together & save some time.


Lakme Desert Rose Quartet Swatches & EOTD

My sister-in-law bought 2 of these by mistake, so she gave one to me. I had never seen Desert Rose up close before, so I was smitten with the pretty pearly shades, especially the gold & pink.

Lakme Desert Rose

Skinfood Black Sesame Hot Mask Review

What it is:
This highly moisturizing heating mask provides deep cleansing to skin with the thermal effect of roasted salt and granulated sugar. Black sesame seed nutrients leave skin soft and smooth.

To Use:
After washing, apply to wet face, avoiding eye areas. 
Massage in circular motion, focusing on dry areas, wait 3-5 minutes, and then wash off with warm water. 
Use in environment with moderate temperature; if used in a hot environment such as a bathroom or sauna, mask can overheat.


Favorite Makeup Collections 2011

These are the makeup collections that I am drooling over at the moment:

Guerlain Tera Inca Collection ~ Don't look at the lip glosses, just look at the two unique-looking things to their right . Top- Bronzer, Bottom- Eyeshadow. I want the bronzer more!


Winner Of $25 Apothica Gift Card

Before I reveal the winner of $25 Apothica Gift Card, here are all the participants + valid extra entries randomized:

Gillette Venus ~ Best Razor Ever!

Loving, loving, LO-VING Gillette Venus Razor! It's the best razor I've ever used. And it's pink!

About GilletteVenus:
  • 3 blades surrounded by soft protective cushions ~ The cushions gently smooth out your skin for a close, smotth shave
  • Indicator Strip ~ It has a blue stripe that fades when you are no longer getting the optimal shave.
  • Venus Shaving Compact stores your razor and up to 4 sealed ShowerSafe blade refills together in the shower.

The best thing about it is the pivoting head, which moves with the contours of the body. Shaving underarms is a cakewalk! 


Independence Day Eyes

Happy Independence Day my fellow Indians! I just did this eye makeup for fun & tried the blue circle lens for the first time since I bought them during my last vacay. I hate wearing lenses, coz my eyes are so small & sensitive, and yes, I find these very uncomfortable.


IVC Then & Now ~ 2nd Anniversary

Hi lovelies,

So today is IVC's 2nd Anniversary! Baby's growing up! It's been the best 2 years of my life, coz of all the beauty-ful things I've learned & the wonderful people I've gotten to know.

I wanted to blog today, but couldn't think of anything different & fun. When I got up in the morning, this came to mind, so I thought "Why not?!" and boy, did I get a good laugh when I went through my old blog posts! =D. I put together some blog pics from then & now:

Who's laughing at the hands with the bow? Hahahaha....What was I thinking?! =D


Major improvement, no? :). "Practice makes perfect better."

Thanks to this blog, I discovered my passion for something else. Photography. Not that I'm great at it (yet), but I really enjoy clicking photos (of pretty things, not wildlife and nature =\), and it's something I want to learn now.

Thanks for always visiting everyone. I hope you enjoy the long weekend! Oh, and Happy Rakhsha Bandhan too :)

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


Half Off Accessorize Haul!

Sardinia Sparkle Collar Turquoise Necklace- This necklace is what I'm smitten with at the moment. I have to look at it before going to bed ;). I'll wear it in a look real soon and I will  try to do justice to it.


My Makeup Storage Drawers

One Saturday, I saw some plastic drawers I've been looking for, but then the white color I wanted was so dirty & old! So the shop owner told us a new one will be available on Tuesday. I ordered 2. I was so excited the whole weekend. Tuesday came, but the idiot didn't have new ones- he'd forgotten all about it. I wanted to scream! And I did- in my pillow, like a lady. 

Long story short, idiot called a few days later to say that they are available! :))

They are quite sturdy although they're plastic. The best thing about them is they are made in such a way that you can stack them on top of each other. I still need to organize my products properly, so please ignore the randomness =D. I also don't usually keep them in this place. I shifted them to a brighter room for the photos.


BOW Earrings ~ Black & Gold

I turn to accessories when I need to feed my bow addiction (staring at Hello Kitty's head does not count!), so I was ecstatic when I found these classy-looking (read: not-so-kiddish) black & gold drop BOW earrings. I lve 'em so much! Hope you'll lve them too! :)


Maybelline The Colossal Kajal Review

smudge resistant kajal. Finally! This is a special product because it was created exclusively for the Indian market by Maybelline India. I assume it's not available in any other country. Yippee! I'm sorry, but considering the number of makeup brands & products we don't get over here, we deserve it.

Our deepest black pigments + unique tip deliver the blackest black shine ever. Color glides on smooth and so intense. Formula enriched with Vitamin E soothes the eyes. Never before 6H of smudge resistant wear. Our exclusive color fix formula guarantees intense color results that won't smudge, budge or fade. No more touchups.


Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #2 Steel ~ If Britney Spears Used It....

About Aqua Creams:
The Aqua Cream is an ultra-pigmented, long-lasting waterproof cream. Highly concentrated in mother-of-pearl pigments, it provides an immediate color intensity with a luminous finish. 
Its long-lasting formula will not crease or smudge under the most extreme conditions.

Available in 22 shades.


Kareena Kapoor ~ The Face Of Lakmé ABSOLUTE

The much-anticipated makeup line by Lakmé & Manish Malhotra- ABSOLUTE, is yet to be revealed, but the face has been chosen. It is none other than the absolute Bollywood diva- Kareena Kapoor.

Press Note:

Mumbai, 04 Aug, 2011: Lakmé since its inception has always celebrated beauty and as an ode to the contemporary Indian woman, Lakmé presents ABSOLUTE - a high-performance long wear make up range. This premium range of cosmetic has been specially created for the woman of today who leads an international life with a soul that is Indian at heart. Kareena Kapoor a mesmerizing beauty, a caring sister, a devoted daughter, a talented actress and above all an epitome of the confident Indian woman, has been chosen as the face of Lakmé ABSOLUTE.  She is a perfect fit for the brand as she embodies the quintessential essence of beauty, which the brand represents. As the face of Lakmé ABSOLUTE, Kareena will be part of the brand’s campaign and unveil the Absolute looks at the Lakmé Grand Finale by Manish Malhotra at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2011 (August 16 –21, 2011).

Happy Friendship Day!

Wishing you a very Happy Friendship Day with a photo I clicked 20 minutes ago :)

“Good friends are like stars.... You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.”

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


The HOTTEST Inglot Lipstick ♥

This is the lipstick from my recent Inglot haul . I couldn't wait another day to talk about it.

So I was swatching lipsticks at Inglot, without any intention of buying any, because I didn't like the 1st one I got. Then I saw a girl holding a delicious looking lipstick, and it was love at first sight! I immediately asked the SA to show me the same one, but I had to wait till the girl had finished trying it on her lips. It looked lovely on her, but she didn't buy it coz, judging by what she was wearing, it's kind of too loud for her. 

Me ~ I'll take that one.
SA ~ It is the best, hot seller. We always run out of it. Right now there's only 2 left in stock *proudly*
Me ~ Then go.....go get it faster! =D

I'm talking about #103. It's not completely red, it's not completely orange. I'd say it's a tomato red, but I don't want to coz it sounds so ordinary. The finish is like MAC Cremesheen finish, which is my favorite finish. I didn't like my first Inglot Lipstick #106, which has a frosty finish & also smells different. This one smells like a fruity flavored chewing gum, but mild & pleasant.

Look at that! *.* Isn't it super gorgeous?! This is one bright lippie to have in your vanity, people.


Colorbar Cinnabar ~ Blush Of The Week

Blush of the Week is Colorbar Cinnabar. It's inexpensive, and even more so because it's a blush-cum-highlighter. A summery blush that gives cheeks that sun-kissed glow.

It's a terracotta-peachy-coral shade with silver shimmer. The shimmer particles may look chunky, but when applied on cheeks, they are almost undetectable.


I Am Femina's Blogger Bee in Beauty! :))

As part of their relaunch campaign, Femina magazine crowned several bloggers from India with the Blogger Bee Award, and Oh-My-Bows...I am one of them! I feel so honored! It feels even more surreal because I grew up reading Femina magazines, you know? :)

What is a Blogger Bee Crown? 
Femina celebrates "Womanhood" by acknowledging talented women who excel in the online world of Fashion, Beauty, Society, Films, Home Decor, Books etc.

About Femina Relaunch Campaign:
"For all the women you are" Femina's new brand campaign, we have chosen to put the spotlight on the modern Indian woman's expanding roles & changing equations at her Home, Workplace, Social space, Personal life & the Online space. 

She is the Princess of all things - Shoes, She is Nobody's fool, She is the Wizard of Odds, She is the FeminaWoman! 

Here's a video shot by Anurag Basu, featuring Kalki Koechlin celebrating the relaunch campaign: 

Don't you just love that video?! It's so seductive, yet innocent :)

Thank you Femina! And many many thanks to all you wonderful people who read my blog! It wouldn't be the same if I couldn't share this moment of elation with you...I just L♥VE you all!

Now let me go and scream into a pillow.

*To see all Blogger Bees, please go HERE

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^