Denim Day | Forever 21 Embroidered Denim Jacket | OOTD

This weekend was a much welcomed lazy one. The whole of Saturday we (my hubby, my dog and I) spent lounging and watching our favourite movies. 
Today we attended an Air Force event in the afternoon, returning from which we lazed around a bit more in the evening. I finally saw “Bajirao Mastani” which was coming on TV – didn’t like it. In between my very lazy evening and the event I did manage to make my hubby capture a few clicks of mine for my first official OOTD for the blog.
This was a bit of whirlwind of a photoshoot, minus an appropriate DSLR, apologies for that. The pics were taken on his iPhone so they aren’t really HD (he has a 6S), but will do 😜.
The day was sunny and the temperature was a lovely 20°C during these extreme winters, so I didn’t really feel the need to wear a chunky sweater, this jacket was enough. I totally appreciate the fact that apart from being decently warm it also has this super cool embroidary on the back that has a crouching tiger on it with KOREA written on top – vey Gucci-esq if you ask me! 😜 
I have mentioned the links for what I wore right under the first pic, so do check out if interested!

~XO~
SJ

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Waters | Review

Oh Happy Day!
Garnier has finally launched their amazing micellar water in India. Further good news, it has been launched along with the new Bi-Phase solution for waterproof makeup. 👏👏
I myself have been using this since past few years and I love it. Now this launch makes me happy as I no longer have to order it from UK based websites and wait for 15-20 days for its arrival.
Now clearly the million dollar arises. Is it any good compared to its French predecessor and counterpart –Bioderma. Clearly Garnier has the design of the bottle a bit the nose with the clear bottom and a pink stopper. But if it really comes down to it, this one is as effective, as gentle and as quick to work with as Bioderma but for a fraction of the cost.
I would any day pick and recommend this one over Bioderma for the price, quantity and quality are all equal or better.
Now on to the Bi-Phase solution. It does take off waterproof makeup faster than the plain micellar one. You end up rubbing your lashes less, therefore you don’t end up loosing one/two precious ones in return. 
If you have patience, the plain micellar one will take off the waterproof makeup as well. But go ahead and get the bi-phased one as obviously the oil will help break the makeup faster, especially if you hate taking off waterproof makeup because it takes an eternity to do so.
Bothe bottles come in a 400ml packs and cost under INR400, which is incredible compared to the very expensive Bioderma, Vichy etc.
Rating⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

YouTube Video | Nykaa Launches Wet & Wild | First Impressions + Haul


Nykaa recently launched Wet&Wild Cosmetic line on their website. I have been loving Nykaa recently for introducing many overseas brands on their site, finally we can get them minus the custom fee!
I purchased a few items off their website, so I made this video where I “haul” them for you along with a first impression of the Wet&Wild items.
Hope you enjoy the video!!
XO

Chambor Extreme Wear Transferproof Liquid Lipstick | The Best Liquid Lipstick Yet?

Chambor presents long-lasting, transfer proof liquid lipsticks with smooth sensorial feel and creamy matte finish. The Chambor extreme wear transfer proof liquid lipsticks come with extreme coverage and provide deep, intense colour in just one stroke. Flaunt these stunning shade liquid lipsticks which are high on pigment and comfortable on lips for long hours.”
Long-lasting, Transfer proof liquid lipstick.

Deep intense colour shades available.

Creamy matte finish.

Extreme coverage lipsticks.

The Chamber Extreme Wear Transferproof Liquid Lipsticks are exactly what their very lengthy name suggests. They are transferproof, they are long wearing, they are extremely pigmented and they are absolutely wonderful.
There aren’t many brands that provide a proper and true “liquid lipstick” in India. L’Oreal and Maybelline came up with their whipped liquid matte formulations, but they never really dry down to a pure matte lip. There are the ones available at Sephora and M.A.C but they come with a high price tag.
So basically in drugstore, and I am here excluding the Revlon matts which I love but are expensive, these are the only real liquid lipsticks available. 
I love the colour range. It is very similar to the current trend of mauves and muted colours. A lot of shades are an easy dupes for the Kylie Jenner LipKits and HUDABeauty liquid lipsticks.
 The Formula is just brilliant. They dry down to an absolute matte and then they do not budge. They are not terribly drying like ColourPop and some other liquid Lipsticks. In my opinion, their formula is even better than M.A.C Liquid Lipstick and many others higher end lipsticks available in terms of price, durability and formulation. If I really have to compare its formula to another brand, I would to the Sephora Liquid Lipsticks.

Okay, now please ignore the makeup-free face 😊😊

Clockwise from top left – 402, 483, 401 & 484

PS – I always dab the lipstick with my fingers to tone it down – this I do with every lipstick. Therefore, the hand swatch is more opaque and full impact than lip swatch.

The four colours that I bought are pretty similar to the following Kylie Lip Kits…

484 Truffle – between Kylie Jenner’s Dolce K and True Brown
483 Rose Boudoir – Kylie Jenner’s Candy K
402 Effortless Pink – Kylie Jenner’s Koko K
401 Rosemantic – Kylie Jenner’s Poise K

**The above mentioned colours are the almost dupes (80%-95% match) and not exact colours.

They come in 18 fabulous shades covering all colour needs that you have – from pinky nudes for bright fuchsia to stunning reds and breathtaking deep plums. I am slowly truing to acquire ALL the shades…I think I need them in my life!


Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Color

 

Super Stay 7 Days by Maybelline is a gel nail colour that delivers seven days of flawless, chip free colour for the perfect at home manicure that lasts.
Gel resin formula for longwear. Enriched with Calcium, Iron and Silica for strength. Special full-fit brush to sweep on the perfect dose of colour.”
Courtesy – Maybelline.com

Nothing in the above given campaign statement is exaggeration. Trust me! These gems from Maybelline may just be THE best nail paints available in the drugstores of India right now. In fact, they can go head to head with any of the expensive/luxury nail paints and still win by miles. 
This particular nail paint has one of the most incredible formulation   I have seen recently. The colour payoff is opaque and one coat usually does the job. The application is smooth. The brush is a “full-fit” paddle design that covers the nails flawlessly and in one stroke gives full coverage.  
Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Color in 887 Beige Touch
If you have never tried these before, I will gladly be pushing you to buy them. You will not regret! For a price of INR350 they are an absolute steal. A nail colour formula doesn’t get any better at this range.

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

**nail swatch courtesy @IrmanSandhu 💖💖
~xo~

The Ordinary Skincare | The Abnormal Beauty Company | Skincare Haul & Preview

Of course, I caved in! The Abnormal Beauty Company, and especially its line “The Ordinary” is probably the most hyped skincare brand launch of the year 2017.

The first time I saw/heard about this brand was while watching a FleurDeForce video specifically focused on this particular range. It was not sponsored so obviously caught my fancy. 
I ended up buying 3 products from the range – 2 serums and 1 moisturiser, namely :

I have been using these for past week now and I already like the results. The Hyaluronic Acid serum is tremendously hydrating. I am already seeing a subtle change in the texture of my skin after using the Retinol serum for past 7 days every night. I will surely update with a proper review in a months time, but so far, these products are bang on target!

The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare. The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. Its offering is pioneering, not in the familiar technologies it uses, but in its honesty and integrity. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity. The Ordinary is “Clinical formulations with integrity”


Purchase at – ASOS
~XO~
SJ

Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! | Spring Summer Scent

Flirtatious, charming, and sparkling with lighthearted personality, this fragrance leaves you flirting with your senses! It bursts open with a bright and whimsical effervescence. At the heart of the fragrance is the playful scent of peony. As the scent dries down, a flirty and elegant trail gives you an unexpected touch of fun that makes you smile!

Oh, Lola’s cap bursts from the bottle in a flowery swirl of glossy, transparent petals in pink and cherry red. Beautifully juicy and refreshing, each brilliant layer of petals comes together with a surprising sparkle of spontaneous personality.

Notes:

Raspberry, Peony, Pear, Cyclaman, Sandalwood, Magnolia, Tonka Bean & Vanilla Absolute.

Style:

Vibrant. Flirtatious. Lighthearted.

Oh, Lola! Is Marc Jacob’s much lighter and more wearable rendition of the famous Lola perfume. I always found the original much hard to wear. Where I loved the beautiful and dark floral rose scent, somehow it did not agree with the chemistry of my skin. Oh, Lola though is just lovely. This one is absolutely a summer scent with light fruity floral smell. It smells gorgeous and is perfect for spring/summer days. 

Oh Lola! was launched in summer 2011
The fragrance, signed by Ann Gottlieb, is blended from fresh and sweet fruity tones, together with floral accords of peony and velvety background of vanilla. The notes include wild strawberry, raspberry, pear, peony, sandalwood and vanilla.
The signature Lola bottle has retained its original design, updated with pink colour palette. Oh Lola! is available as 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette. Oh Lola!was created by Ann Gottlieb, Calice Becker and Yann Vasnier.

Pros:
Beautiful & Refreshing Scent
Gorgeous Packaging
Decently Priced for a Popular Designer Fragrance ($48 for 50ml – Approx INR3100)

Cons:
Not very Long Lasting ( 4-6 hrs max)
Not a Unique Scent, has many “dupes”.

Price – $48 for 50ml
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
~XO~
SJ