Periwinkle, glitter and duochrome manicure for Summer and London face


This is a very short post, since I am running from pillar to post in London. I found time to paint my nails last night - after coming back from Althorp (Literary Festival - sadly couldn't find time to visit Princess Diana's memorial thanks to the rain and train). I've bought six bottles of nail polish so far and got one free, so not too bad. Surprisingly, the OPI counters don't seem to have the sheer tints. Boo. Even the Middle East Sephoras seem to get the new launches earlier.
Anyway, for this mani, I began with Barielle Rain in Spain, which is a nice periwinkle. I wanted a glitter topper and went in for Sinful Colors Petal be the day above this. I didn't like the effect after one light coat, so I finished up with KBShimmer Urban Camo, which I love so much so that I will use it over pretty much every polish for a while. Here are the results:
Periwinkle, glitter and duochrome manicure for Summer with Barielle, KB Shimmer and Sinful Colors

Meanwhile, this has happened to my face:

Nail tutorial: How to take your mani through the week

Greetings from London, where Summer requires a few layers, a scarf and a jacket. I was in Bristol where my internet access was irregular-to-nonexistent, so it's good to be back online. Since I am trying to do a gazillion things here as well as find time to eat and live, some of my friends are kindly helping me out here for a while. Today, it is Nidia Doherty of Lit From Within. You have to visit Nidia's blog and look at that cute firefly, the way she matches her manis to her skincare and makeup products and her trove of trivia on all topics from essential oils to moisturisers. Over to Nidia now.

Hello, Readers! My name is Nidia, and I run a little blog called Lit From Within.  I'm excited to share a little nail art with you today! When I was putting this look together, I was thinking about how to take a mani through the week.  Maybe you have to be more conservative with your nails during the workweek, or maybe you don't have time to do anything other than a one-color mani most of the time, but you want to change it up for an event.

Eight Travel-friendly Summer Palettes With Bolds and Neutrals

Palettes on my wishlist this Summer, with bolds and neutrals.

Eight travel-friendly eyeshadow palettes with bolds and neutrals for Summer
When I travel, I usually know what palettes to pack. Something like theBalm's Balmsai or Sleek Vintage Romance will see me through a week. If my trip is shorter or only includes day-events or formal occasions, I go in for Too Faced Chocolate Bar or an IT Cosmetics matte palette. But not this time.
The problem: I was packing for my six-week trip to the UK/Europe when I realised that none of my palettes would suit - unless I wanted to cartload three or four palettes, or pack a whole Sephora Blockbuster and chuck out a dozen clothes, the mac and wellies (hello again, London). I have formal day-events, evenings out, theatre trips, meetings with friends and even a circus planned, so I need variety.
What I want: about four or five colourful shades which include a couple of jewel tones (purple and blue, definitely) and a couple of brights, and six or so neutrals, from beiges and browns to coppers, greys, plums and a smoky black. A nice mix of mattes and shimmers. And, the whole thing must not take up much room. I don't ask for much, do I?
The immediate solution: Pack a basic trio or quad and go shopping on arrival. I have made a list of options.

Here are eight versatile, travel-friendly eyeshadow palettes with a versatile mix of bold and neutral colours on my wishlist this Summer.

So Susan Lip Love Beauty Bag May 2015 review

So Susan Lip Love Beauty Bag May 2015 review

The Lip Love Monthly beauty bags from So Susan Cosmetics get better each month. At just $20.95 per bag - they ship worldwide from the UK - these contain full-sized makeup products which are all cruelty-free and exciting. This is my favourite subscription at the moment.
This month, the bag, which features a quote on a cute flotilla design, is themed I Love Vacations. I had guessed that it would include a bronzer and hoped they would leave out the fake tan, since I already have more than enough.


Check out the contents of my May 2015 Lip Love beauty bag from So Susan Cosmetics.


LookFantastic Beauty Box May 2015 review

LookFantastic Beauty Box May 2015 review

The reason I have been quiet lately is that I am off to the UK next week and will be back only after mid-July. There is so much work to be done before and during the trip. But I'll definitely post whenever I can and show you the Soap & Glory, Sleek, MUA, Collection, Dainty Doll and other goodies I buy.
After the debacle that was the April 2015 LookFantastic beauty box - it featured vitamins for dieters and a mouthwash - I had very low expectations from the May edition. Dental floss, diuretic pills and a yoga mat, I had decided. Thankfully, the box I received contained none of those things and was far better than expected. For those who came in late, LookFantastic is a UK-based beauty box that ships worldwide. It costs £15 a month, but you save £45 with an annual subscription.

Check out my LookFantastic Beauty Box for May 2015.


So Susan Cosmetics Liquid Powder Shadow Palette review, swatches

 Bright blues and purples for the Summer.

So Susan Cosmetics Liquid Powder Shadow Palette review, swatches

The March 2015 Lip Love Monthly beauty bag (here) had an eyeshadow palette from So Susan Cosmetics, with eight shades, including blues and purples for the Summer. The shadows are made with a unique Liquid-Powder formula, where liquid eyeshadow is poured hot and solidified to form a creamy powder - these certainly feel creamy. The cream-powder formula makes the shadows melt into the skin, prevents them from drying, minimises fallout and makes them long-lasting. Plus, these eyeshadows contain Vitamin K for dark circles and copper peptides to promote collagen and elastin around the eye area.

Scroll down for the review and swatches of the So Susan Cosmetics Liquid Powder Shadow Palette in Gatsby Girl.


MEG21 Skincare Routine 28-day Challenge results


MEG21 Skincare Routine 28-day Challenge results

In March, I had told you about the MEG21 skin care products and posted photos of my skin before starting out on them. This is the results post.
For those who came in late, MEG21 is a skincare range that contains Supplamine, which helps counter glycation. In turn, glycation is the process through which excess sugar binds with elastin and collagen molecules in the skin, causing ageing. Supplamine contains two aminos - the first synthesises elastin and collagen while the second prevents sugar from binding to them. After seven independent clinical trials, Supplamine is now established to nullify toxic sugars in the skin.
I began this skincare routine on 18 March 2015. You are supposed to see positive results in 28 days, but I have been following the routine for six weeks now. Here is my verdict on each product.