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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

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Comeback:What I’ve been Doing and Loving all this while

A big hello to everyone!¬† How have y’all been doing?¬† Before you start asking, no…..I haven’t given up on LotsofLove.¬† I’ve been working as a full-time teacher for over two months now….and it’s kept me on my toes.¬† I’ve learned the hard way to never wear heels to class; to prepare tonnes more than the students themselves; and to survive on a few hours of sleep a day.¬† I’m far from being a pioneer in the profession; I’ve just about got my bearings.¬† I do enjoy teaching though, especially since all my students are adults; I learn as much from them as they do from me.

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Teaching has kept me busy, but I still did manage to shop for a few ‘essentials’ over these past few months ;).¬† My bestie had informed me that there was a local Boots¬† in town, and I knew that I just had to visit the place.¬† The store is incredible tiny, but there are a slew of beauty products that are quite new to Oman and to me.¬† The prices are a bit higher than usual; what the U.K. terms as ‘drugstore’ commodities are sold at department store rates here.

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After a lot of deliberation, I had managed to walk out of the store with three items:

  1. Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in 380 Dark Night Waterl-oops!– This is a starkly vibrant midnight plum lippie.¬† To be honest, I had bought the lipstick ’cause it had reminded me of the Batman comics I used to read as a child.¬† Once I swatched it at the store though, I fell in love with the colour and the glossy-smooth texture of the lipstick.
  2. Rimmel’s Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet in 206 Atomic Rose– This shade is one’s common nudey-pink.¬† I’ve never had a nude liquid lipstick before, so I had decided to try this out.¬† I’m quite pleased with its texture and longevity.¬† I can only truly give my feedback though after testing this out on the big fat Indian meal :).
  3. Boots Cucumber SPF 15 Moisturising Lotion– I was actually on the lookout for a good daytime moisturiser that would give me some protection, radiance, and yet not make my face look like an oil-field.¬† This lotion sounded good, but it didn’t do anything great for my skin.¬† My Olay Complete Radiance moisturiser was a lifesaver once this one got done with.

I did manage to shop for Eid-al-Adha as well.

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  1. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Amethyst– I got addicted to this liquid lipstick the moment I put it on.¬† The shade is right in-between purple and fuchsia; it’s completely unique and can give beautiful combinations when applied with pinks and magentas.
  2. Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm in Rich Chocolate– This lip balm is the older, sexier, and sophisticated version of Maybelline’s Baby Lips.¬† The cost is definitely higher, but this is a beautifully coloured veritable treat for one’s lips.¬† The texture of the balm is soft, and the colour pay-off is the highest I’ve every seen in any lip balm.¬† It also smells of the¬† vanilla-caramel that is inherent amongst all the M.A.C. lipsticks.

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The ‘I Love….’ body products range has popped up all around our local drugstores, and dare I say…..I love them :).¬† The scents and textures are any The Body Shop Lover’s dream, but for half the price.¬† Their body spritzers are a bit too tiny, so I’ve never been intrigued to try them.¬† The shower gel and the body butter though have earned their place in my ‘bath time essentials’.

Several dry shampoos have been flooding the drugstore shelves lately; one amongst them is…….drumroll please…….

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Yes!¬† The Batiste Dry Shampoo.¬† I got the one in Oriental which smells like a mix of flowers and musk.¬† I for one, can’t imagine what I’ve been doing for so long without a dry shampoo.¬† I don’t like putting too much product on my hair, which has always steered me away from the logic of using dry shampoos; only when I sprayed it on my roots and brushed my hair, did I realise that it gives a beautiful ‘oomph’ to my flat hair.¬† My waves look a lot more prominent when I use Batiste.¬† This has given me the confidence to try out the other dry shampoos out there.

This report pertaining my whereabouts has thus come to an end.¬† I’m going away on a short trip for the Eid-al-Adha holidays.¬† I hope that y’all out there have a wonderful Fall/Autumn.¬† It’ll be Summer here in Muscat till the end of October.

LotsofLove

Featured image courtesy: http://missbuttercup.com/recipes/red-velvet-cake-pops/

Owl: http://www.clipartbest.com/owl-cartoon-teaching

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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

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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.

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