4/12/16

Secret Of A Flat Tummy - Post Pregnancy


I wanna take a blog post to get real. 

For most women, post pregnancy flab just doesn't disappear into thin air. Especially for us who are too lazy to "sweat it". Although I've been loving & comforted by the compliments on my post-baby body that is back to pre-baby body. I can't help feeling a little guilty. Guilty of a white lie, or more aptly a black lie - i.e. a black corset panty thing. 

I'd say my main area of concern post pregnancy is the tummy (and hair loss, but that's another story), which I forget about most times, until I'm wearing body-hugging clothes. Then I'm reminded of how much I hate exercising and how much I've been loving McDonald's McEgg Burger & Pizza Express American Hottest Pizza.

So....when I want a dress to wear my gut & not the other way around , I have to bring in a mediator....


About this black lie: I love that it goes up to my rib cage. Just tuck everything in there kangaroo-style! I can wear it under anything, and I feel I don't slouch as much with it on. Adjustable hook closure makes it easy to put on. BUT it pinches some of the flab up, so you might want to complete the deceit with a longline bra or bralette.

I wore it under one of the most clingy dresses in the pic below....

(More pics here)

Shapewear styles that don't appeal to me:

1. Similar designs that don't have any hook closure. I have one and putting it on and getting out of it is a pain - literally!  

2. Full body ones - from shoulder to thighs. If you wear one under a bodycon dress or pants-top combo, and you're at a party, tell me, how would you go to the bathroom??? No, no, I don't want to hear take off everything! =D
For me personally, if I have to shape from top to thighs, I'd definitely pick a two-piece. 

3. Also, a full swimsuit style. Unless it's a two-piece/tankini style.

4. Oh ya, the super expensive ones. 4000 bucks?! I'd rather spend it on a dress/a handbag/Sephora/Chanel.... 


Of course those might work for others. Your body, your preference. I just want something that is pocket-friendly & bathroom-going-easy...haha!


Brand: Monomer
Size: Medium 
Price: Rs.999, but it was on sale - I think half off.

I got it from Jabong last year, but it is now sold out. It was available in a nude color as well (why didn't I buy it??!!)

There are a lot of other styles that might work for you. Found similar designs here & here.

You can also check out Next & Mark's & Spencer for shapewear.




Do you have to wear these things? 
If you've found your perfect shapewear, we want to know! =)


Thank You for reading & Have a great week!

I'm gonna start watching the tv series The Affair tonight, because it's been coming on cable & it looks like an interesting family drama. If you want horror, The Boy is quite good.


Talk again shortly.....




4/7/16

How Many Beauty Products Do I Use In A Day?


Before you read this post, I'd like to tell you 5 things about my younger self:

1. One time, when I was a teenager, I had only Rs.150 in my pocket. I needed to spend it, of course. I bought a big heavy bottle of Peach Hair Conditioner. I think it was Herbal Essences, but I'm not sure. Now that was a time when we only used hair products that came in those 2-rupee sachets, so it was a big deal. I gave up Lassi & Puri Sabji at a popular joint for it. I went home (super hungry), and used it before attending a wedding. The tailor didn't stitch my dress that well and my shoes hurt like hell, but "I just used a pricey fancy conditioner....woohooo!!!"

2. (I've told this story before) When I was younger than, or about, 10 years old, my nanny gave me 5 rupees to buy my Mom a birthday present. I bought her a tiny lipstick. A green one. The kind that turns pink once applied.  She didn't use it at all, but that thrill of buying a lipstick? I remember. To this day, I remember the little local shop with charcoal-stained & broken wooden walls, it was hot, you couldn't enter the shop, you could only point at what you want, I remember standing on tip toes to talk to the shopkeeper & then running home super duper excited, I remember. 

3. I always looked forward to Sunday's Graphiti Magazine. Flipped it back to front, because first things first - The Beauty Tips section. Yes, I tried most, if not all, of them.

4. I used to love walnuts, I saved the shells, because I thought they looked too good to throw away. I didn't know what to do with them, but I had a feeling they were.... special. This was before my teens, so I knew nothing about walnut scrubs. Imagine older me finding 2 big packets of empty walnut shells on top of my textbooks in a cabinet!

5. Long before I could use makeup, meaning: school days, I applied Vaseline on my lashes to thicken & curl them. I'd pinch some lashes together - back then, just because. Beauty Hack right there.


What I wanted you to pick up from that is -

 I LOVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS! I ALWAYS HAVE!

Okay! Now you are ready to read the post  ;p

How many beauty products do I use everyday?


Skincare

Cleansing Gel(Morning)
Cleansing Oil(Night)
Cleansing Foam (Night)
Treatment Water
Serum
Ampoule
Essence
Moisturizer
Eye Cream (Day)
Eye Cream (Night)
Sunscreen
Sleeping Pack
Lip Balm Pot
Lip Balm Stick
(Total: 14)


Makeup

Foundation
Concealer (Undereye)
Concealer (Stick)
Facial Oil
Loose Powder
Compact Powder
Blush
Contour Powder/Bronzer
Eyeshadow Primer
Cream Eyeshadow
Powder Eyeshadows
Kohl
Mascara
Brow Pencil
Brow Gel/Clear Mascara
Lipstick
Lip Liner
Finishing Spray
Micellar Water (makeup remover)
(Total: 19)


Hair:

Shampoo
Conditioner
Hair Oil
Serum
Hair Spray
(Total: 5)


Body

Body Wash
Body Lotion
Body Butter
Body Oil
Sunblock
Hand Cream (Day)
Hand Cream (Night)
Perfume
(Total: 8)



Total Number of products: 46






What's your number? 

I reeaallly want to know! =)




3/24/16

OOTD: Tulip


I got a call the other day:

Caller: "Hello, I'm calling from Snapdeal. Can we deliver your order today?Will be there in 15 minutes."

Me: "Okay, but definitely come within 1 hour, coz I won't be home after that."

Caller: "Yes, yes, agent is on his way there now."

1 hour later: No package. So I call him.

Me: "Hello, I'm still waiting for you. Where are you?"

Caller: "Sorry, Madam?"

Me: "You're the one who called me earlier, right? From Snapchat?"....

...."I mean, from Snapdeal!"

 ♥

I'm not even on Snapchat! I don't even know what it's all about! But I keep seeing everybody else say "Follow Me On Snapchat", so let's blame them hehehe  =D

About the outfit: I'd been waiting half of winter to wear this tulip sleeve top! It matched a floral mini skirt I have perfectly, but I thought ~ Nah, let's wear pants. When was the last time they saw me in pants? ;p 



3/18/16

When You Find Your DREAM Jewelry Box.....


HELLO! I missed you :* =)

From a new location. Things have just started going back to normal - after moving house and Baby CZii getting sick and yada yada....

So I've found the only jewelry box I'll ever need, and if you've been reading my blog for a long time, you will know that that I'd been drooling over a jewelry organizer like this for 4 years! When I say it like that this feels like a reward =D


3/2/16

THE LAST TIME.....


You know what I absolutely love doing? Picking tomato seeds from tomato fried rice, which I make for Ziizayne. If I could, I'd make a whole bucket of tomato rice (with extra tomatoes, of course) and be at it all day. I'm serious! I enjoy picking little odd things out of little things.

You know what I absolutely hate doing? Packing & house moving. Today is the last day I'll be in this house. We're moving to a hotel tomorrow, and will be there until the work at our new place is done. Right now all I want is a back/head/leg massage.....and to sleep for a week.

Since I did a 'First Time' in this apartment post, I thought I'd do a 'Last Time' in it, as well.

If you read my First Time post, you will realize that we were greeted by a monkey & were also chased out by a (bigger) monkey =D (Read here)

Monkey menace aside, we decided to move to a smaller place. Until now, we were living in a 4BHK with 5 bathrooms (6 if we count the helper's quarter), and not only was it hard to maintain, it never felt cosy, and...I don't know, something or the other kept going wrong.

So we are moving to a 3BHK with only 3 bathrooms, where the rooms are much more compact.

2/24/16

MAC Runway Hit Retro Matte Lipstick ~ LOTD, Swatches


TATA - written behind most trucks in India.
From the time I was a kid until last year, I thought.... can you not look at me when I say this?...that...that it meant "Ta Ta. Bye Bye"
You know, like "Blow Horn" or "Use Dipper At Night" or "Have A Nice Day". I even saw "Please Keep Distense" not too long ago (I almost posted the pic on my Instagram and was gonna caption it: "...Or you'll be sintensed to death."  I'd deleted the pic from my phone, otherwise I would've sneaked it into this post.)
So...where was I?...so I just assumed TATA meant 'Bye Bye'. I also remember that as a little girl I'd mentally wave when I saw it. 
Sometime last year, while in the car, Mr.CZ and I were discussing cars (Yes, we've been together a long time.) and he mentioned TATA this, TATA that, TATA owns Jaguar. Suddenly....sudden-effin-ly-a-little-too-late....the tube light in a very very dusty, cobwebby corner of my head lit up! "Ohhhh....TATA = TATA Motors!!!" 
In my brain's defense, I would've added them up a long time ago, but then why would I be thinking about and looking at trucks anymore? I had my life to think about. Also, dem coot buoyz!

Okay, coming to the lipstick......

I always thought this lipstick was called Runaway Hit. Run-away Hit.
It was only until I was at a MAC store that I saw Runway Hit written at the bottom. I have to tell you that I wasn't at all interested in this lippie when it was first launched. Not until I swatched it. Fell in love with it, but it was out of stock. Made me want it even more. I got it only after the 3rd time I'd gone to ask for it!   

2/18/16

EOTD: Shimmer, Shimmer.....


Remember when I used to post EOTDs

Since I'm microblogging - so as not to lose the blogging mojo.....


Shimmer is NYX Roll On Shimmer in Almond (Available in India at Sephora)

Eyeshadow are from Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.

False lashes are Ardell Luckies - shown here. I had a glue accident and it ruined the area close to the lashes slightly...grr.


This is my go-to party eye makeup, btw. Same style, I only change the colors and eyeshadows.

Bye! :*



2/17/16

Secret Brush


Oval makeup brushes.

 Once frowned upon. Howww???, they did that hand gesture. Toothbrush, they mocked.

Yes, I was one of they. Until I decided to try of of said toothbrushes....


 The Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin

What it is: It's s synthetic brush for applying cream products, as well as powder products - no hard rules here.

What I LOVE about it: The brush blends base products effortlessly. The sponge is like a polishing tool, because my skin looks like polished wood - what I mean is 'sheen' - after I give it a good buff with this & it makes all my pores non-existent.

 The only complaint I have is that when I'm using the sponge, it sometimes comes off because it doesn't fit into the handle tightly enough. 


2/16/16

Nail Polish Of The Week


Tell me, have you ever taken the time to correct a sales person's pronunciation?

Not Bow-doy. It's Boo-dwah.

Not Bow-joice. It's Boorj-wah 
(Bourjois - Every.time!)

No? Me neither! I think it's quite offensive when it's not a friend, family or anyone you know closely. Don't you think? 


This nail polish! <3 p="">

Pink with a mauve undertone. Perfect for everyday. 2 coats. Applies smoothly, dries quickly.


2/5/16

Best Beauty Products | Current


Hello, all! Hope you're having a good week. I've been busy apartment-hunting for a while, and we finalized on one today. So relieved, and you know what I learned? I mean I've always known it, but now I know without a shadow of a doubt! 

When people say: "It's not about the money."

Translation: "It is about the money. Maybe we don't know it yet.
It's a-lll-w-a-y-s about the money. Wake up, silly woman! Stop wondering how MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick would look on you!"

Okay. So I've been using some amazing products for the past month, so wanted to share with y'all: 

L'Oreal Extraordinary Skin Boosting Oil: Favoritest, this! Best not-so-pricey premium facial oil in the Indian market right now, which also smells the best. By that, I mean it doesn't have a strong scent. Clarins Facial Oil & The Body Shop Oils Of Life have a similar strong scent, and they are super duper pricey. Hi, The Body Shop, Rs.3095? Really?
Formulated with 3 Oils:
Desert nut oil : Deeply nourishes
Geranium essential oil : Replumps skin layer by layer
Rosa canina fruit oil : Illuminates the skin 
 Will do a detailed post on this.
Price: Rs.1550  from Lifestyle


Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream : OH-EM-GEE! I'm so mad at myself for not trying this sooner. The back of my right hand was damaged until this came along. I will post before & after pictures in a separate post.
Price: Rs.300 from local supermarket


Dove Moisture Go Fresh Beauty Cream Bar with Green Tea & Cucumber Scent ~ Hello, simple soap! I started using this only because I ran out of face wash, and was surprised by how gentle and non-drying it is. Recently, I was doing research (ya, let's call it that) on anti-ageing facial cleansers, and I stumbled on an article on Oprah, where they said that expensive anti-ageing face washes are a waste of money, because they don't stay on your skin long enough to do anything. Don't you think that makes total sense? I think this is where I'll be saving my monies ;D
Price: Rs.46 from local supermarket


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm ~  It's a pinky beige that's become one of my favorite nude lippies. Swatches to come.
Price: Rs.710 from Sephora


Maybelline Lip Gradation in Coral1 ~ This color! So bright, so pigmented! The finish is creamy to matte, so dry chapped lips will need extra work before application. Will wear this in a look sometime.
Price: Rs.500 from Lifestyle


Ardell Luckies False Lashes ~ Looking for falsies that aren't too long, that look like mascara-ed lashes? These are them.
Price: Rs.375 from Jabong


Any special products you'd like to share with the rest of us?


Enjoy your Friday!


See you again soon :*




1/20/16

Real Techniques Limited Edition Eyelining Set | Deal Of The Day


Deal Of The Day

Just wanted to post this for all those who'd be interested in what I think is a pretty good deal on these Real Techniques 'Collector's Edition' brushes. 

This set come with 4 kinds of eyeliner brushes brushes & a little pouch too!

MRP: Rs.2999

Sale Price: Rs.709

Although I bought it for Rs.829 over a week ago =\

1/19/16

New Year Haul & Life Update


Hi, Everyone! Happy happy New Year to each and everyone of you! Hugs & kisses xx <3 p="">
So late, I know, but I was rarely home these last few weeks. My brother and his family were staying over, and we were always out and about.

 I am so very happy 2015 is gone, because it was the worst year of my life. I went through some things that weren't good for me, and I had somehow lost myself. Okay, enough of that. Closed book.
This year feels different already. Another chance to start over, and live the life I want to live.
But it started off with a weird, life-threatening, surreal incident.....