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April Beauty Resolutions

Some people's resolution is to never let Yuvraj Singh bat in such an important match again.
Some people's resolution is to never vote for Congress again.

Mine is simply April Beauty Resolutions with an Apple on the side.  

#1 Apply Bio Oil everyday ~ To prevent stretch marks. The ultimate test begins now, since I'm in my 2nd trimester. I've started using it religiously for the last 2 weeks. I hate the smell of Palmer's Cocoa Butter, so I'll be sticking to Bio Oil.

#2  Apply a Face Mask at least once a week ~ My skin has been acting out a lot these days, because of the weather & water change. Not just my face, but my legs and arms too. Right now, I'm using Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Cleanser+Scrub+Mask, and I'm liking it a lot. Makes my face feel really clean, smooth & oil-free. But I'll soon stock up on natural/herbal masks, like Multani Mitti (fuller's earth), Sandalwood, etc.

#3 Use Hair Mask every time ~ When I don't use a hair mask, my hair feels drier, so I've decided to use one every time I wash it. I've been using TRESemmé Anti-Breakage Masque for months now, sometimes mixed with my conditioner to cut down shower time. It works well, makes my hair soft & sleek.


New Year Makeup Haul | A New Blog In The Making!

Hello Lovelies, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2014 will be very very nice to all of us!  A million Thank Yous to all of you for reading my blog, and being so supportive. I couldn't have asked for better readers! ♥
We went out partying with friends last night, came home a little after 12:30 am. That's quite early, but we started at around 7:30 pm. Didn't get time to click my outfit, but I will re-wear it some day. You should have seen me run around looking for a skirt & then get ready like a hurricane! So exhausting. So much hype around NYE, then you look back and wonder why you even bothered so much.

The Last Haul in 2013:
MAC ProLongwear Blush Rosy Outlook & Paint Pot Layin' Low ~ I went to MAC in Glasgow, and picked up these two. No more MAC now until Delhi.
Sleek Makeup Blush Life's A Peach ~ I forgot I use to own Pan Tao, and was glad they're not the same.
Collection Lasting Colour Black Gel Liner ~ Comes with a tiny brush. It's creamy and pigmented so far. I had to get this yesterday, coz I'd left my Bourjois Liner Feutre Felt Liner open for a night and it dried up! >.<
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Gold ~ A revolutionary detangling hair brush that won't tug on your hair. I LOVE! Believe the hype.
Eco Tools Sponge Applicator ~  Makeup sponge on a stick! I saw it in Boots and immediately picked it up. Yet to try it out, but I really hope I'll like it. I love the packaging with snap button. This has made me really notice Eco Tools.
Primark Egg Makeup Sponge ~ This is so cheap I had to get it.
Real Techniques Setting Brush ~ I just got this along with my LRP Effaclar Duo from Escentual last time, coz it was on sale. I like to use it to set powder in little nooks on my face, like undereyes. 


The Countdown: My Last 1.5 Months In UK | Backup Favorites Shopping List

Ahoy! Can you believe we've reached this point? This blog post? Tickets back to India are already booked for early January. There's that bittersweet feeling again. I'm very happy to go back home, but I'll surely miss this place. Oh, boy! Now comes the saddest part about leaving dear UK. The shopping. No more Boots, Superdrug, New Look, H&M, PRIMARK! more easy access to all the new launches. So I'm stocking up on my favorite things, and I made a list. I don't know if I'll be able to take ALL of them, but here's hoping.....

Let's start from the back left corner:
  • False Eyelashes ~ It's damn hard to get quality falsies in India, so I'm getting LOTS. Mostly from Eylure, I think.
  • Blonde Hair Colors ~ Day before yesterday, I re-colored my hair with this Clairol Nice & Easy in 106 Natural Medium Ash Blonde, and I really like it. I'm getting a backup and maybe another one from L'Oreal too. *Light shades are hard to find in at-home hair colors in India.
  • Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ~ I've gone through a couple of these. They are always 2 for 1 pound in Superdrug, and I always end up picking them up on my way to the till. I rarely use them on my face, coz I prefer to wash it properly, but they come in really handy when I'm swatching makeup on my arms. But they are nice for the face too, the few times I've used it- removes waterproof mascara and everything, and moisturizes face at the same time. But they are heavy, so I may be able to take only one.
  • Sleek Makeup Eyeshadow Palettes ~ I love Sleek eyeshadows, so I want to pick at least 2 more palettes. Don't know which ones, though. Decisions, decisions!
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo ~ I have finished another tube, and I NEED more! I know it's available in India, but there's a good offer at Escentual right now, so I think I should pick a couple before I leave.
  • Rimmel Foundations/Concealer ~ I think I will get a Stay Matte Foundation for the hot Delhi summer; another shade of Wake Me Up Foundation; a backup of Wake Me Up Concealer (LOVE!)
  • Bourjois Color Boost Peach On The Beach ~ This is probably available in India, but I might get one with 3 for 2 offer at Boots. I really adore this shade. Swatched here
  • L'Oreal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash ~ I hope these launch in India. I will get 2 more shades I really like, in case they don't!  Swatched here.
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer ~ Most long-lasting concealer! When it sets, it sets. But I just hate that the concealer oozes out and makes it messy every time I finish using it! My shade is Medium 03. I'm getting 5 backups!
  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks ~ 1-2 shades more. I've swatched 06 & 107 here
  • Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Mascara ~ This is a thicker version of The Falsies, which works better on my lashes than the original version (review here)
  • Topshop Cream Blush & maybe some other products ~  That is Head Over Heels....umm...and I carved a bow on it. No, I won't show you =D
  • Bio Oil ~ NEED this! My skin is stretching a lot these days, and sometimes itch like crazy! At first I thought my skin was heating up too much because of the radiators, but then I realized it's because I'm expanding...haha! I'm liking the fullness (meat), but we gots to keep the stretch marks away.


WINNER of IVC 4th Blog Anniversary Giveaway Is......

Hey Everyone, I'd just like to THANK you all who participated in my 4th Blog Anniversary Giveaway. Thanks for all the wonderful comments on how you stumbled upon my blog, I enjoyed reading each and every one of them. As always, it's not a good feeling to have to pick ONLY 1 WINNER from so many deserving readers, but *sighs*


4th Blog Anniversary GIVEAWAY! Win YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick + Sleek Oh So Special Eyeshadow Palette [CLOSED]

Hello! It's time for a special Giveaway again! It took me this long to announce it because I was quite confused about the prizes. I wanted to give products that you all would LOVE.
I asked in IVC Facebook Page what you all want with all your heart and soul, and the product that topped the list was Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. That was my first option too. BUT if I picked that, it'll just be one prize since it's pricey, and I wanted to give at least two (always two) products. I will surely include the NAKED 2 in my next giveaway.
After a lot of thought, I went with my instinct, and picked my most loved products.
  • YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick ~ Shade of WINNER's choice! Because I just can't get enough of them & want them ALL! So I want to gift 1 to one lucky IVC reader.
  • Sleek Oh So Special Eyeshadow Palette ~ Because it's a very versatile palette, great for everyday & party looks. I've swatched it here.


Favorite Makeup Products June '13

Hello! I feel like I haven't blogged for weeks, and it's only been 2 days! But, somehow, June seems to have gone by so whoosh whoosh, just like us unstable Geminis. I hope July will go slowly & calmly, like Cancerians, some of my favorite people! ;) are the standout makeup products I've been loving last month.

  • Sleek Makeup i-Divine Candy Palette ~ I've been mixing these bright candy colors together and wearing it over a black base. My favorite color is the 3rd pink on the bottom row- Aniseed. Swatches here
  • Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation ~ It really is PERFECT! I'm so addicted to it that I put it on even when I don't have the energy to do makeup. I personally think it is better than both Healthy Mix & Revlon Colorstay foundations.
  • Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo in Timeless Black ~ This is the black base I've wearing under bright colors from the i-Candy Palette up there. I love how versatile a black color tattoo is. Must-have if you love doing smoky eyes.
  • Brown Eyebrow Pencil ~ I got this from Daiso Japan store in Dubai. I. My brows are not very behaved these days, so I need a pencil to discipline them. Oh, and it's got a heart on ze cap =)
  • Bourjois Bronzing Primer ~ This is genius! These days, I've been sculpting my face with it, and it looks more natural than a contouring/bronzing powder. I've swatched it here
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Shocking Coral ~ I absolutely love the color, but it tastes a little bit bitter =[
  • Bourjois Color Boost Peach On the Beach ~ This crayon is now flat because I've worn it so much. I wore in a look here
  •  Bourjois So Laque Rose Imaginaire #62 ~ I just adore this, it's my favorite kind of pink for nails Swatch here
  •  Real Techniques Blush Brush ~ I needed a dense blush brush for my light-colored blushes & a powder brush that's not rounded/too fluffy, and gave this a try. It does both jobs nicely.
  • Real Techniques Expert face Brush ~ I wanted to see what the big deal with this brush was. It was always Out Of Stock in Superdrug (where it's cheapest), and one day I got it from Boots. It's smaller than all my other buffing brushes, and gives my foundation an airbrush finish. I love that these brushes can stand up on their own because of the flat base.
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft And Gentle ~ I was hardly a highlighter gal, but this has made me want to explore more. It's my favorite out of all the highlighters I've used. I wear it on my cheekbones over Bourjois Bronzing Primer and a peachy blush.

I also enjoyed watching this girly, funny, musical, feel-good movie - Pitch Perfect....

You might like it too!


My Current/Overseas Eyeshadow Palette Collection

I decided to start wearing eyeshadows that I never wear, because I realized I was stuck on 5-10 neutrals. I took out all my palettes from their drawer to pick them out...... and that led to this post. 
These are all the eyeshadow palettes I have with me here. 6 of them I took from India, the rest I got from UK.
  1. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette ~ Swatches here.  (Cheaper DUPE:  MUA Undress Me Too Palette.)
  2. Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette ~ Swatches here . (Cheaper DUPE: MUA Undressed Palette.)
  3. Stila In The Garden Palette ~ Brand New. Never Used. 
  4. MAC Fabulousness 5 Neutral Eyes from Holiday Collection '12 ~ Swatches here
  5. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ~ Swatches here.
  6. Inglot 4 Square Freedom System Eyeshadow Palette ~ Swatches here.
  7. Inglot Candy Inspired Palette ~ Swatches here.
  8. MUA Poptastic Palette ~ I have swatched this palette last year, but never posted pics.
  9. Sleek Makeup Oh So Special i-Divine Palette~ Swatches here.
  10. Sleek Makeup Candy i-Divine Palette ~ Swatches here
  11. Inglot 10 Square Freedom System Eyeshadow Palette ~ Don't hate me for placing it upside down. It's also still brand new & unused. Photos coming soon, promise. I'm dying to use it!

Uh-oh, odd number! Must must even it asap. 
Many readers have emailed me asking about eyeshadow palettes - inexpensive ones. I'd suggest MUA ones or these big palettes I've written about a long time ago.....
Swatches here

If you want colorful, the 120 palette is the best....
I find these palettes very useful. Sometimes I wish I had them with me, especially when I need a specific color that's not in any of my palettes, and I don't want to buy singles. You'll find them on Ebay, KK Center HK, BH Cosmetics. Back when I got them, they used to cost under Rs.1000.


If you like makeup collection posts, I've done my Lipstick Collection here

How many eyeshadow palettes do you own? 


Sleek Makeup Candy Collection Photos & Swatches

The night before I went to buy these, I had a dream:
A cardboard box came in the mail. By mail, I mean it magically appeared inside our front door. The box was quite big, oven-sized. I was ecstatic, because I vividly remember seeing all my teeth. I opened the box, and saw another smaller cardboard box inside it. I opened the smaller box, and saw a long pink box among some bubble-wrapped things. As I dragged the box to the living room, I clicked photos at the same time. In my mind, I was doing unboxing for the blog. I had no idea what I was unboxing, but I kept clicking and walking towards the bright living room. I was about to unwrap everything and find out what's inside the long pink box, then....
I woke up. I woke up! Why? Why do dreams like this always get cut short???
I felt cheated & irritated when I got up. Later that day, I headed to Superdrug and got some Candy to get over the anticlimactic dream.
Sleek i-Divine Candy Eyeshadow Palette ~ All bright and sweet shades with cute names: Strawberry Sherbet, Bon Bon, Parma Violet, Apple Sour, Pear Drop, Flump, Liquorice, Blue Fizzle, Aniseed, Bubble Gum, Mint Cream, Cream Soda.
 Price ~ £7.99  |  Rs.730.
Sleek i-Divine Candy Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 Sweet Cheeks ~ This is a palette of 3 blushers- a cream blush Cupcake, a matte blush Dolly Mix & a shimmer blush Candy Floss. This is a Hot Seller, because there was only 1 left that day. I got it only because I called Superdrug, and they kept it aside for me (Phew!) All the colors are so deliciously pretty! Take a look at the swatches below....
 Price ~ £9.99  |  Rs.911.
Sleek Blush By 3 Sweet Cheeks Swatches ~ Cupcake (cream), Dolly Mix (matte), Candy Floss (shimmer)

A fuchsia pink Pout Paint named LOL-Lip-Pop is also part of this collection, but I did not get it.
This collection is Limited Edition.
Available online at Sleek ships worldwide. I have ordered from India before.

I know I went overboard with the macaron photos, but I hope they made you candy happy! =)


Makeup Pairing ~ Barbie Pink

Been meaning to do posts on makeup pairing since last year. Like, what to wear with certain colors of eyeshadow, blush, lipsticks, nail polish. I thought it'd be fun! I do enjoy playing matchmaker....but only with beauty products. I have tried doing it with people and...tch...never again.

First up is Barbie Pink. In simpler words, matchy-matchy (you know I like matchy-matchy) and I'll do a contrasting pairing with pink next time.

Face: Cathy Doll BB Cream. I didn't plan to do base products, but the pink packaging matches the theme so =) . I like this BB Cream a lot. It tightens pores and smells really good.
Eyes: INGLOT Eyeshadow #362 (matte). Swatch here
Cheeks: Sleek Makeup Flamingo Blush.
Lips: Maybelline Superstay Lipstick Infinitely Fuchsia. Swatch here
Nails: Maybelline MNY My Varnish #264. Worn here 

Do you like this pairing idea? Let me know which colors you want me to do next. On my list is Green.
Happy Friday, everyone. Hope you have fun plans for the weekend. I'm trying to decide whether I should break my shopping ban today evening. H&M is calling out to me!
[I'm coming! Wait, no! I mean, yes! Ugh, I don't know.... shut up! No, sorry... wait!]
H&M: "Final call. Are you coming or not? Otherwise that blazer will be gone forever!" 
Me: "Umm.... I..... Wait, I know the answer.......I'm......."

♥ Cynthia Z *.*


Sleek Oh So Special Palette Review & Swatches

For a long time after I got Sleek Oh So Special, I tried to put a finger on something that's not right about it. I stared at it....and pondered... but I couldn't figure it out. I put my photo alongside another photo from Google, then I saw it! The eyeshadows do not have the waffle design. Sheesh! I used to like that. I guess it's only done on limited edition palettes?
I'll let the pictures & swatches do most of the talking here. I'll just say that I love almost everything about this palette. I highly recommend it! There are festive shimmery shades, and there are everyday matte shades. If I had to pick one inexpensive/drugstore eyeshadow palette to gift to a friend, this is it. Cute shade names like Bow, Ribbon, Gift Basket & Celebrate make it all the more gift-worthy.


Valentine's Day.....

Happy Valentine's Day, Everybody!
In this pic are mostly the makeup products I'll be wearing today:
Eyes: Sleek Makeup Oh So Special Palette, Eylure Naturalites Lashes #101
Cheeks:  Lakmé Absolute Chromatic Baked Blush in Day Blushes. Review here
Lips: MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick. Review here
Nails: Colorbar Bloody Mary.Swatch here 
Perfume: Marc Jacobs DOT. Review here 

As for the outfit, I'll wear the River Island black lace dress with Primark faux fur coat or Forever New peach trench. I don't know, let's see later.
I'm not ashamed to say I am obsessed with a Justin Bieber song..... 


If you reached this point, there's nothing like you =)

♥ Cynthia Z *.*


EOTD: A Touch Of Rose Gold

I used Product Of The Week: Sleek Oh So Special Palette. 
  • Celebrate on outer half of lid & outer half of lower lash line
  • Ribbon & Organza on inner half of lid
  • The Mail in the crease & to blend edges
  • Gateau on inner tear duct area
  • Gift Basket on inner half of lower lash line
  • Noir to line lash line & outer half of lower lash line
  • Bow on brow bone.
  • Boxed to fill in eyebrows
  • Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal to tightline & on waterline.
  • Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curved Brush Mascara on top & lower lashes 

Tip: If you don't have a rose gold eyeshadow, just mix a peachy-pink eyeshadow or blush with a gold eyeshadow.
Try Mixing: Lakmé  Chromatic Baked Blush in Day Blushes (photos here) & Maybelline Color Tattoo On And On Bronze (photos here) & a lil' bit of gold eyeshadow. You could also add a gold-ivory like Inglot Eyeshadow #30 shine (photos here).

Have a good week!

♥ Cynthia Z *.*


The Things That Make Me Give In.....

Not meant to be taken seriously..... 
  • Fade Out White Nourishing Night Cream ~ Because some things need to FADE OUT! But it stinks like socks! >.<
  • Sleek Oh So Special Palette ~ Because it has a rose gold eyeshadow, and shade names like Bow & Ribbon.
  • Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel ~ Because you can't always rely on powder.
  • Carmex Cherry & Classic Lip Balms ~ Because they were all half off in Superdrug, not that I didn't need them.
  • Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser ~ Because we're not getting any younger. This makes skin feel as smooth as a baby's bottom.
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Brown ~ Because there's such a things as "brown beauty" too.
  • Phil Smith Big It Up Volume Boosting Mousse ~ Because we're into volume these days. Bad news is, it only talks big. No wonder it was on sale.
  • Archie Marries Veronica ~ Because I'm so excited MAC Archie's Girls Collection that I'm not going shopping anymore until it launches!
  • Breaking The Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford ~ Because it was on sale... and because it has a bow on the cover. 


Sleek Makeup Suede Blush Review & Swatches

I have decided that while I'm in the UK, I'll buy a lot of Sleek Makeup. I feel like I owe them. You know what I'm referring to, right? If you are a new reader, don't worry, you'll find out in a minute. (Oh, and HELLO! You found this vanity at the right time ;))
Moving on: I recently got the Oh So Special Palette. Are we even yet? 4 products so far.... nah, I have to buy some more.
Moving on some more: Sleek Makeup blush in Suede is my new-found love. It's special because I was smitten the minute I saw it and, unlike most of the products I buy, I had never really seen it  around on the internet and seen swatches and reviews. Maybe I saw, but I wasn't paying attention. So, it was like I discovered it. It is the perfect nude blush. Do you remember Colorbar Just Earth Blush? I'd say this is a peachier version of it.


Favorites Oct '12: Magazine Freebies, Eye Shadows, Blush, Jane Norman, Etc.

How's your Saturday going? I woke up after 12 today coz I slept at 4 am in the morning obsessing over some things. Nah, not that. The man was long gone hehe....
Let's talk freebies first! 
Instyle: 4.0ml Benefit Benetint. Now this is a sample! This should last me a long long time. Also available to 'collect' are Cha Cha Tint & Sun Beam . (Posted last month's freebies here)
Marie Claire: 30ml L'Occitane Rose Petals Hand Cream (4 types to choose from!) & 50ml Dove Colour Radiance Express Treatment Conditioner. The conditioner smells incredible! Divine! And that hand cream is my very first L'Occitane the not-so-sickening rose scent.
Yup, I almost fainted seeing the Marie Claire freebies. 


Sleek Saturday LOTD

I know Saturday is gone here, but I'm on UK time specially for this post. I was invited by the lovely Liloo to join her in her Sleek Saturday Series. The main purpose of the series is to encourage the use of Sleek i-divine palettes- mainly the colors you don't use enough. I thought it's a fantastic idea! I hardly use the only Sleek palette I have- Paraguaya Palette, so I was more than happy to participate.

I created a very simple look....


Winners Of Inglot Eyeshadows & Sleek Avoir la Peche Are...

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who participated in my Birthday Giveaway. Thanks for spreading the word & making this the biggest giveaway I've ever held!


Birthday Giveaway! Inglot Eyeshadows & Sleek Avoir la Peche Collection (CLOSED)

Hi lovelies,

So it's time for another Birthday Giveaway! My birthday isn't till the 22nd next week (save your wishes till then ;)), but I'll be really busy around that time, so I figured I should get the party started now!

I decided to pick 3 WINNERS this time. Here are the prizes (Brand new):

  • 1st Prize ~ Inglot 3 Eye Shadow Round Palette (shades of winner's choice) 
  • 2nd Prize ~ Sleek Paraguaya i-divine Palette
  • 3rd Prize ~ Sleek Pan Tao Blush & Sleek Pout Polish
I hope you all like the prizes! If you want to win them, just follow these simple rules below:

Mandatory (2 entries):
  • You have to be a public follower (GFC) of this blog- on the right there.
  • Like IVC's Facebook page  
Optional (extra entries):
  • Tweet this ~ Enter to win @In_VanityCase Inglot Eyeshadows & Sleek Avoir la Peche Collection Birthday Giveaway (+2)
  • Post this Giveaway with the photo above in your blog, if you have one (+2)
  • Subscribe to my Youtube channel (+2)
  • Follow me on Twitter (+2)
That's total of 10 entries. If you do everything, your name will appear 10 times in the random list.

*I'm aware that there are a lot of people who don't follow the rules and try to cheat their way into winning, but I assure you, they will be disqualified. Please don't insult bloggers who make an effort & spend money to host genuine giveaways.

Contest is open internationally and will end on 12th June, 2011 at 11:00 pm IST.

Winners will be picked randomly shortly after that.

To enter, just leave a comment below. Copy & paste this (fill up whichever is applicable):
  • GFC Name ~
  • Facebook Name ~
  • Link to Tweet (click on time stamp- Eg: "1 hour ago" and copy link) ~
  • Link to blog post ~
  • Youtube Subscriber ~
  • Twitter Name ~
*I won't ask for your email addresses this time, coz I came to know that spammers get email addresses from giveaways too =\. So, when I announce the winners, they can email me their mailing addresses.

Wishing all of you the best of luck & thank you for participating :)

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


Sleek Avoir la Peche Collection Review,Swatches & LOTD (Darker Skin tone)

Here are swatches & mini reviews of the Sleek Avoir la Peche Collection + LOTD of moi in a darker skin tone.

Paraguaya i-divine palette ~ The colors are all pigmented, smooth and buttery. The least pigmented of them all is Bittersweet -second last , bottom row, grey shade. It works fine if you want to use it to blend a darker color, though. Hmm...Bittersweet. How apt.