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If you are a person of Indian origin, Indian living abroad or an Indophile, in general, you most likely miss shopping for “Indian” things (clothing, furnishing, you name it). Well, speaking for myself, I love shopping in India and whenever I go to visit, I end up with ridiculously heavy suitcases. I don’t normally wear Indian clothing – I haven’t ever worn a sari and have only a single salwaar kameez. As I don’t have many Indian friends except those in India, for social functions also, I get away with dresses, easily. But recently, I don’t know, something has changed; I’m falling in love with Indian clothes and how beautiful and intricate they are. And it doesn’t help that online retailers are making it easier for us folks to get easy access to all things Indian clothing. I mainly browse Indian Roots & Pernia’s Pop Up Shop!

So meanwhile, I fell in love with a certain brand of clothing called Nomad from Indian Roots and decided to take the plunge and well, shop away and this is exactly a review of my experience with Indian Roots. My experience, very honestly, was less than perfect and I understand that Indian Roots is a new venture and I hope this review truly comes across as constructive. I want to continue shopping with them, but I want this to be out there, as well.

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LUSH Easter

LUSH Carrot Soap

LUSH Carrot Soap – $6.95

Though its name has carrot, this smells nothing like carrot, but rather a mellow yet perky citrus based luxurious mix. The bunny inside is made of generous shea butter. In the past, I have had a  love-hate relationship with LUSH’s soap – love them for their gentleness and don’t love with for the lack of lather. This one, however, is so different; it lathers perfectly,  has a beautiful, complex fragrance and is super moisturizing. My must have out of the Easter goodies.

(+) refreshingly sweet fragrance, moisturizing, lathers well.

(-) Limited edition – why, LUSH? Oh, Easter special, that’s why!

Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt

Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt – $8.95

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Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Sensual Rose – $33 CAN

An exceptionally smooth, long wearing lipstick – yes, I agree, it is exactly what it vouches to be. At this point in my beauty blogging career, I have come to a point where I sound like “a pink lipstick is a pink lipstick and what else can I say?” Well, I can say more! This is something I picked out by an accident and can I say serendipity?

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick

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Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder

Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder in 004 Sunset – $56 CAN

Seriously, what’s with these mouthfuls of names? Is it the new trend among high end cosmetics to add in at least five more words in a name? I mean it is more a description than a name. And at this point, I must digress!  So here it is, me and my new favourite bronzer, which I took about two years to discover; for shame! I think when it first launched, it was touted as a limited edition, but good sense prevailed Dior and they made this a permanent product.

Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder

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Guerlain Khȏl Me Kajal

Guerlain Khȏl Me Kajal – $42 CAN

I absolutely love Guerlain’s approach to the more “exotic” cosmetics – they do these so, so well. At first, I was a fangirl of Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner and now I have another favourite to add to my list. Super pigmented, creamy, easily gliding with über cool packaging.

Guerlain Khȏl Me Kajal

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Maybelline Color Sensational The Buff's

I’m not the biggest fan of nude lips – there, I said it! On my skin tone, the ever alluring nude lip is just downright the most impossible thing to master. It also does not help my case that nude lipsticks are never quite tailored for skin-tones like mine. But that does not mean, however, that I give up and stop looking for options and I am more so obligated to check out if a lipstick is on sale in a drugstore near me! Enter to the picture, Maybelline Color Sensational The Buff’s in Stormy Sahara & Truffle Tease. Are these the lipsticks to end my nude blues?

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Clarins Multi Blush Cream Compact

Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Compact (Candy & Rosewood) – $30 CAN

Blush lovers are probably having the best (or worst season, depending if you take your wallet into consideration) so far, with so many new amazing launches to splurge on. Clarins’ new Multi-Blush Cream Compacts are definitely something to be taken into consideration, because truth be told, these are all sorts of sensational.

These little vintage looking pots of blush are serious business, no kidding!  The colours (four of them),  are mostly practical, pretty and inoffensive, and who won’t like to work with that? What I love the most about these, however, is the practicality of use. You can not go overboard with these, as the pigmentation is rather pale, but builds up so, so beautifully. My skin tone, which is medium dark, requires up to two to three swipes, but the end result is very natural and polished. The finish is semi-matte, kind of satin and literally blends into the skin. The wear is great; it lasts the entire work day. And how adorable is the vintage packaging with a mirror – love it!

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So, I guess I have a LUSH bath bomb addiction and it can not be contained and therefore, must be shared. I am battling, for what is, the worst winter of my life thus far and truth be told, it sucks. My way of combat is spending a good hour in the gym, followed by a nice, long soothing bathe, which has been bombed by LUSH Bath Bombs. I like to buy in bulk and use as my discretion, whenever I need to calm my inner chaos out. Usually it is me, bath bomb, hot water,  a glass of wine and solitude. LUSH bath bombs, as a rule are moisturizing, wonderfully scented and colour your water of their corresponding shade. I usually slip in 1/2 of a bath melt with it, but bath bombs soften your water so nicely, that you won’t feel dry either way. Sometimes, bath bombs pack in special “bursting” materials like flower petals, crackling candy or paper hearts, depending on the kind of bath bomb it is. I always look out for bath bombs with such hidden surprises. The price range varies from $3.95 to $10.95 and honestly, it is an indulgence; if you are a LUSH fan like yours truly, then you’d have no problem justifying dropping this amount on a one time bath.

Rose Queen

Rose Queen ($5.25)

(+) Lovely floral scent, bursts out rose petals, pink water!

(-) Nothing, in my books!

Avobath

Avobath ($6.35)

(+) Refreshing scent, gorgeous green coloured water, moisturizing!

(-) Nothing bursts out – get creative, LUSH!

Love Locket

Love Locket ($10.95) (LE)*

(+) Adorably shaped, pink water, bursts out little hearts.

(-) Overpriced, not that impressive of a scent – kind of medicinally sweet.

Oh gosh, I just realized how much I miss blogging. I have like a crapload of products to be reviewed and I keep buying, too but I have something personal and professional happening that keeps me away from my beloved hobby. Oh well, at least I have learnt to let go and not be so crazy about blogging just to meet the post quota. Hope you have a lovely weekend and it’s not too cold, wherever you are because where I am, it is -40 degree Celsius.

* Denotes Samples Sent by PR for consideration

NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer

Felt completely blah about a product that had been raved otherwise? Don’t you dare feel alone because I am with you. Especially if you are talking about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I was underwhelmed and it left me wondering, is that it, really? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it is a completely disappointing product by any mean, but it is not exactly what it is played out to be.

NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer

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LUSH Tender is the night massage bar

Lush Tender is the night massage bar ($11.95)

The most romantic smells in the world? You are asking a jasmine obsessed nut, so quite incontrovertibly my answer would be jasmine! Add to jasmine, some vanilla and ylang ylang and it can’t get more romantic than that. Share these scents with moisture and maybe some massage action with another (or don’t, just keep it for yourself :P) and that shall make a pretty (at this point I hate to sound redundant), but romantic night in. If you are not a big fan of massages (I’m not very touchy feely myself), this is amazingly moisturizing and the bar melts upon friction with your skin. It does feel slightly oily, but the moisture absorbs well into the skin, but the finish is slightly oily. Overall, it is mostly impressive due to its fragrance. Me being the jasmine aficionado that I am, I just can’t resist it!

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