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Here I Come 2017!

Hi ya’ll ūüėá.  How have you been doing?  My 2016 was rather rough, due to which I had stayed away from this blog.  Now that   I’m back from India with a new and improved vision of positivity, please allow me to share the first micro-mini haul of the year.

                            

There’s no one brave enough to resist a Bath & Body Works Sale; not even in 2017.

Lots of Love ‚̧ԳŹ

Posted in Christmas, favourites, fragrance, holiday, makeup, perfume, smells, Uncategorized

And these are a Few of my Favourite Things: Christmas Edition

¬†¬†¬†¬† I am quite aware that the majority of the readers out there must be counting the minutes to Christmas Day, while the rest of them are still worried about the last-minute stocking stuffers.¬† Well, this post just involves those little girly items that make me think of Christmas (stuffed animals and cosy blankets not included; otherwise the list would never end) ūüôā

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Foundation and powders for all those lengthy family moments, which bring in their own drama:

From bottom-left:

  1. Maybelline Matte Maker in 50 Sun Beige
  2. Bourjois Healthy Balance in 55 Dark Beige
  3. Max Factor cream to powder foundation
  4. Max Factor Pan Stik foundation in 12 True Beige
  5. Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation in Warm Honey
  6. Deborah Il Fondotinta Idra-Attivo 4

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Don’t wait for the candles to come alive in order to glow:

From top-left:

  1. Forever 21 Love and Beauty blush in Rose
  2. Essence Metal Glam highlighter powder in 01 Gold Digger
  3. N.Y.C. Color Wheel Mosaic Bronzing Powder in Heart of Gold

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One’s eyes will definitely take center-stage on this beautiful winter’s night:

From bottom-left:

  1. Mikyajy Baked Eyeshadow in 302
  2. M.A.C. pigment
  3. Oriflame Visions Soul Mates eyeshadow in Homer and Marge
  4. Maybelline Diamond Glow in 02 Wine Pink
  5. Bow-cap from Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy

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Ruby-red lips and shimmer ensure that the Christmas tree does not take away all the attention:

From bottom-left:

  1. L’oreal Collection Star True Reds in Freida
  2. Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in 510 Red Essential
  3. NYX lipgloss in 137 A Perfect Red
  4. M.A.C. Dazzleglass in Sugarrimmed
  5. M.A.C. Huggable Lipcolour in Flaming Lips
  6. Nivea Diamond lipstick in 64 Rouge Solitaire

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Cosiness can never be complete without the sweet scents of winter:

From top-left:

  1. Lemon Lavender
  2. Hershey’s Kisses scented candle in Milk Chocolate
  3. Hershey’s Kisses scented candle in Cherry Cordial
  4. Cacharel Promesse perfumed body lotion
  5. Cacharel Promesse EDT

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Nails are always in, be them sparkly, shiny, or metallic, or glittery:

From bottom-left corner:

  1. En-vy nail colour in 012 Golden Glow
  2. Maybelline Color Show in 008 Bold Gold
  3. O.P.I Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark
  4. En-vy nail colour in 008 Basilono Shimmer
  5. Nivea Calcium Power Pure Diamond nail polish in 63 Berry Charms
  6. En-vy nail colour in 010 Marooned
  7. En-vy nail colour in 011 Antique Metallic
  8. Mikyajy Anahilwa nail polish in 04 Awazim
  9. Essence Colour & Go in 112 Time for Romance

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What is Christmas time without some hot chocolate?  It is a rhetorical question :).

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Although this is not really Christmas themed, I love the red London icons of the telephone booth and the double-decker bus.  I feel that the somber grey scene with the brightly coloured icons is indeed festive.

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The above images are of my three favourite Christmas movies.

     And there they are; everything that spells Christmas to me.  Have a Merry Christmas and please do spread some joy this festive season.

Frozen from http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Frozen

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas from http://www.savethecat.com/beat-sheet/how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-1966-beat-sheet

The Muppet Christmas Carol from http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Muppet_Christmas_Carol

Posted in escapism, fragrance, memories, nostalgia, perfume, smells

A Walk down the Fragrant Lane

Memories are a funny concept; it requires a tiny tangible object, or even an abstract thought to trigger a wave of recollections associated with the said moment. ¬†Our five senses are highly attuned to remembrances; some of them dug deep down, that when they resurface, they tend to put us in an anxious or confused state of mind. ¬†For instance, in the movie¬†Ratatouille¬†(2007), the food critic Anton Ego is ‘forced’ to go back to his childhood; making us all question as to how cruel one’s memory can be at times. ¬†While Ego’s taste-buds¬†acted as the medium to his repressed memories, my olfactory sense tends to do the same for me. ¬†The fragrances of incense and rosewater remind me of the years spent at Muscat, while the whiff of newly rained-on soil is purely magical; it transports me to a luxurious in-between space, wherein I can relive all the good and bad instances, and hope for much better moments associated with the rain. ¬†The smell of musty vinyl and caramelised popcorn remind me of watching Bollywood movies as old as¬†DDLJ¬†(1995); at a time when I had just begun to understand the Hindi language. ¬†Conversely the odours of expensive perfume and cheesy nachos, combined with the sound of clicking heels muffled by thick carpets, take me back to those few frivolous moments when I was able to watch a full-fledged Hollywood flick. ¬†The whiff of ealichi chai¬†(cardamom-infused tea) immediately induces within me, the comfortable feeling of being ‘home’. ¬†The sweet scents of warm vanilla, lemon wafers, and caramel share their place with the aforementioned ‘fragrance of coziness’, for the other three just scream ‘BIRTHDAY!’ to me. ¬†During my middle-school days, I had wanted to be married to a baker, since the smell of freshly-made bread used to make my head spin. ¬†When I had set foot into the torturous four years of high-school, the stench of cheap cosmetics and store-bought strawberry perfume used to reek throughout; this is the cluster of scent-inspired memories I wish to forget, although it still pings within my senses even after the passage of several years. ¬†While studying for our Masters, my bestie and I used to frequent bookhouses, wherein we would sit at a quiet corner and spend at least five minutes smelling the fresh pages of newly-bound novels; we thought that they felt quite different compared to our University textbooks at the library. ¬†One’s olfactory sense also tends to reinforce them to their cultural set-up; something which has the power to remain constant, simply due to the credibility of the smells connected to the occasion. ¬†During my teenage years, I had wanted my wedding to be reminiscent of white roses and lily-of-the-valley. ¬†Today as a grown adult, I am aware that the fragrances associated with my special day, will be those of fresh marigolds, jasmine, and mehendi,¬†alongside the aromas of filter kaapi¬†and¬†chai. ¬†There will be bold reds and golds and heavy music; no whites and lilacs and violins. ¬†In this manner the scents we are surrounded by, are likely to assist in our upbringing.

There you go!  You never can take anything for granted anymore, right?

FYI- Please do read the novel Perfume (1985) by Patrick Suskind.  You will be induced to think twice about certain scents after reading this.

LotsofLove