Monday, September 11, 2017

My Experience with Online Shopping at KylieCosmetics.com | Kylie Cosmetics Haul

Hey lovelies!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I certainly had a busy but amazing weekend as I got to attend the Cosmo Fashion Weekend with Vogue Eyewear, and with my mom in town, I spent time with her by taking her out to show my new place in Gurgaon and around.

Well, coming back to this post, last month I had placed another order from Kylie Cosmetics when they had a discount offer running, and I ended up splurging like crazy. Also, this wasn't my first order with them as I had initially placed order a few months back for 3 lip kits.

I finally decided to write a review as I now had a great comparison of the custom fees and other details over my two orders, and thought this post would be of help to many readers who want to shop from Kylie Cosmetics or want to know more about online shopping at Kylie.

Kylie Cosmetics Shopping Haul
KylieCosmetics.com as you all know is run/owned by the famous Kylie Jenner, and the products and are exclusively sold through this website. They are not available in physical stores in India yet, but the website ships worldwide.

Here are a few highlights of the product line by Kylie Cosmetics :
  • Kylie Jenner products are not tested on animals.
  • Kylie Jenner launched Kylie Cosmetics in 2016 after the global launch of her wildly successful liquid lipstick + lip liner duo.
  • The brand now also offers eye kits, blushes, highlighters, glosses, and limited edition kits that include brushes, palettes and makeup bags. 
  • All shades of The Kylie Lip Kits are vegan.
  • International shipping is free on all orders above $60.
My online shopping experience with Kylie Cosmetics

I had placed my first order with the website back in May which included 4 lip kits (on offer) and a free lip gloss, and the total was $72.95 (including $14.95 shipping). My order had arrived in 15 days from the date of order and I was not charged any custom fees.

However, the same wasn't the case with my latest order, as I had to pay a hefty custom fee of Rs 2,700. My order included 3 individual lip kits, 1 set of liquid lipsticks, 1 set of brushes and 1 highlighter. 

The order total was $97 with free shipping, but I received this order in 1 month of it being placed - thanks to Indian customs. Well, I was taken for surprise when I received the customs slip because my earlier order had come with no custom fee. 
However, I realised this could be because my order this time came in a huge box with 2 small boxes having the products inside it, and maybe that's why it caught the customs' eye. Had the packing company fit the products in just one box, it would not have entertained additional fee.

Anyway, here are more pictures of the products, swatches and my review : 


In Love with Koko - Lip Collection
My favorite from the lot has to be this kit as it includes three beautiful matte shades and a lip gloss. While I am not a gloss fan, it works really well when applied over the matte lipsticks.

In Love with Koko - L to R - Bunny, Baby Girl, Doll and Sugar Plum
My favorite Kylie product is definitely the matte lip kit - the colors stay put for 6-7 hours and give amazing color in one application. However, if you have dry lips, you might need to apply some vaseline beforehand, as these lipsticks tend to make the lips really dry after 4 hours which would make you rush to apply your vaseline again.

Kylie Matte Liquid Lipstick - Dead of Knight and Dolce K
All the lip kits also come with a matching lip liner which can be applied as a base to bring out the best of the liquid lipstick. 
Dead of Knight and Dolce K

Kylie Velvet & Matte Liquid Lipstick - Rosie, Love Bite and Leo
While the product range is not huge, Kylie Cosmetics does offer a versatile range of shades in liquid lipsticks - especially bold, vampy colors that I am currently a fan of. Have a look at the swatches of three of such lip colors below :

L to R - Rosie, Love Bite, Leo

Kylie Matte Liquid Lipstick - June Bug and Spice

L to R : June Bug and Spice
This time, I was tempted to try one of the Kylighters so I also ordered the shade Chocolate Cherry which is a light, coppery bronze highlighter which I think would suit would the Indian skin tones the best. 
It is an every day shade which can be worn from work to party with ease. However, texture wise, it is still a little difficult to work with, but I like that it is a wearable, versatile highlighter.
Kylie Kylighter - Chocolate Cherry
(PS : Special mention to my friend Manisha who helped me with the swatches)
Well, overall, I am satisfied with my online shopping experience with Kylie Cosmetics, considering I received a decent discount and the lip kits are worth the price (it's the same price as the MAC liquid lipstick, but you also get a lip liner in this kit). 

However, the custom fee was definitely a disappointment, and I would recommend, if you are placing an order, try to keep it for maximum 4 products so that your order doesn't catch the custom officials eye, which would lead to you having to pay almost 30% of your order value as customs fee.

For now, I am done with shopping from Kylie Cosmetics, and would look forward to buy some products by Christmas or New Year now.
Do let me know if you have any specific queries that I forgot to cover in this post, and I would surely reply :)

Love,
Nitika
My Experience with Online Shopping at KylieCosmetics.com | Kylie Cosmetics Haul
Sunday, August 27, 2017

OOTD - Jumpsuit To The Rescue - Curvy Style Guide

Hey lovelies!
So I have a kinda on-and-off relationship with jumpsuits. Ask me why? Well, because first - I love these one-piece wonders which are the best thing to wear on days you don't want to worry about pairing up wardrobe separates. Secondly, no matter how comfy and chic jumpsuits look, not all jumpsuits go well on every body type.

So, it is a tough task to find a decent jumpsuit, especially when you are curvy, that not only fits you well at all the right places but is also dressy (not making you look like you stepped out in your pyjamas).

However, when I saw this glamorous black number at Vero Moda few months back - I was surprised - because not only it is the most comfortable jumpsuit I picked, but also because it also fit my bestie (who is very skinny) very well. So, we both ended up picking the same jumpsuit and thought of endless ways we could style it.

And this jumpsuit's first outing with me was for an evening party recently.
Jumpsuit : Vero Moda
Bag : Louis Vuitton Speedy 30
Heels : H&M
Earrings : H&M
Glasses : Carrera
Bag : H&M
Watch : GUESS
Cuff : Kate Spade

To break the monotony of the outfit, I styled it with a chunky waistbelt and statement earrings - both from H&M.  My favorite H&M sandals were once again a savior, as they looked great with this jumpsuit too - and you would see me wearing these a lot often.


I am also loving my Speedy 30 as not only it's versatile and looks great with every outfit, but it is also spacious enough to carry along all my esssentials - whether I am going for work or a dinner with friends.

There are many other ways to work up a dressy jumpsuit on a curvy figure :
  • Firstly, make sure the jumpsuit fits you well. It doesn't matter if it is body-hugging or a slouchy one like mine, if it fits perfectly - you can make your look polished in many ways.
  • Cinch your waist with a trendy belt to define your figure.
  • Go monochromatic - Wearing a monotone from head to toe will make you look slimmer and stand out in a good way.
  • Pair it with a blazer to add up a layer that will make the jumpsuit more subtle.
  • If you're going for a wide leg jumpsuit, make sure you finish your look with a pair of heels to make you look taller and leaner.


Do you know of any other great ways to style a jumpsuit? Share with us in Comments below!
Love
Nitika

OOTD - Jumpsuit To The Rescue - Curvy Style Guide
Monday, August 14, 2017

The Mosaic Experience - Staycation at Mosaic Mussoorie

Hey everyone!

Hope you all are having a great time. I have had a busy last few weeks as I have been travelling continuously for the last three weekends.  But finally I am back in Delhi and ready with lot of pictures and experiential from my trips to Mussoorie and Pondicherry.

I have been to Mussoorie once before, but honestly I hadn't enjoyed my stay much - majorly because it was too crowded and the weather was also warm. Infact, I had decided upon not visiting Mussoorie again, but then came the opportunity to experience this beautiful new property - Mosaic - and I am so glad that I took this trip, as it was one of my best vacations this year.


Location :
Located at the very popular Mall Road, near Picture Palace End, the Mosaic hotel can be recognised from afar - thanks to its very attractive logo in the shape of M that shines bright amidst the valley.


The location is definitely the best part of the hotel, as the Mall road is at walking distance where one can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the old city.

Property :
Once entering the plush lift of the hotel, you would realise that this is not just another property, it speaks of luxury and class - right from the entrance.

Reception area
The hotel is tastefully decorated with the artistic decor that blends modern art with vintage charm. I was definitely spellbound on seeing the reception area and the green wall that comprises of hundreds of flowering plants.


The hotel boasts of an indoor temperature controlled pool and spa for those who wish to relax and indulge in some me-time.


They have a terrace bar & grill, Charcoal, which overlooks the beautiful valley and mountains of Mussoorie, and is a beautiful spot to chill with family & friends over a cup of coffee or a quiet dinner.


Their all-day dining restaurant Random serves various cuisines to savour your taste buds. And while you are there, don't forget to try the delicious Dahi Kebabs and Kadhai Chicken.
Also, its ceiling will give you one of the best Selfie opportunities - 


Mosaic Mussoorie also has a Kids area and a Banquet hall that can accommodate 100 people for any party, conference or event.

Rooms :

The hotel has rooms to suit every taste and requirement - Attic Room, Deluxe Room and Suite - offering valley or Gun Hill view.

We stayed in the Attic room that consists of a master bedroom with a king size bed on the base floor and twin beds on the top floor. The room gives a feel of a beautiful cottage situated in the middle of the valley - and can easily accommodate 4 people.




View from the Attic Room
They also have an Attic Suite that also comprises of living area and a separate washroom in upstairs room.

Overall Experience :
I had a great time staying at the Mosaic Mussoorie, not only the hotel was well equipped and beautifully decorated - that made my stay not only comfortable but also luxurious. The hotel management is very friendly, and they also helped arrange a Travel guide for us to visit the popular local attractions like the Gun Hill, George Everest house and Happy Valley (Tibetan Buddhist Temple).

A candid click at the Buddhist Temple
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and was so glad that I actually ended up seeing the non-touristy spots that I had missed during my last vacation, and had a relaxed weekend which made my trip enjoyable.

If you are also looking for a weekend getaway from Delhi or planning a relaxing vacation in the valley, I would surely recommend booking The Mosaic, Mussoorie for a luxurious yet amazing stay.

For Reservations, contact :

Reservation Office, Mussoorie
Mosaic Hotels
Picture Palace End, Mall Road, Mussoorie
Cont .No: 0135 2636200, 7088101415, 7088101416, 7088101403
Email : reservations.mussoorie@mosaichotels.co.in

or visit http://www.mosaichotelmussoorie.co.in .

Love
Nitika
The Mosaic Experience - Staycation at Mosaic Mussoorie
Friday, August 4, 2017

What does Himalayan Orchard Pure and fashion have in common? - Masaba Gupta

Hey lovelies!

So I recently got the chance to attend the launch of Himalayan Orchard Pure at the Claridges in New Delhi. Here’s a lowdown!


Himalayan has launched a new range of flavored mineral water called Orchard Pure. The water comes in 3 amazing flavors - Apple, Peach and Strawberry. The event was spectacular to say the least. The hall at the Claridges was decorated to resemble a real flower and fruit orchard in the Himalayas. It was so colorful!


The highlight of the event was the presence of fashion designer Masaba Gupta, who launched the new range of flavored water with elan. Now, what has got me excited is that Masaba is creating an entire fashion line inspired by Himalayan Orchard Pure, which will be officially launched at the upcoming winter Lakme India Fashion Week!
Isn't that exciting? A collection of outfits inspired from the goodness of nature?

She revealed that she was inspired by the colorful and fruity flavors of Orchard Pure and hopes to bring out the beauty of a real orchard in her fashion collection.


How was the water you ask? It was simply amazing! The taste is refreshing and the flavor hit the spot everytime. And the best part? The water is bottled straight at the source in the Himalayas and is infused with natural mountain minerals. The flavors are 100% natural so there are no preservatives!

My DIY Fruity Tee

In my opinion, this is the perfect drink to chill with after a hot day at work! And don’t worry about the calories! Himalayan Orchard Pure’s calorie count is less than 1/3rd of what is found in carbonated drinks and packaged fruit juices! So it's a win-win!

Himalayan Orchard Pure is retailing across leading stories and e-commerce platforms for INR 55 per bottle only and is right now only available in Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Have you tried the Himalayan Orchard Pure already? If yes, do let me know in Comments below which one is your favorite flavor (mine is Peach)?
Love,
Nitika
What does Himalayan Orchard Pure and fashion have in common? - Masaba Gupta
Friday, July 7, 2017

OOTD - Single In the City | Curvy Style Guide

Hey lovelies!
I hope you all are enjoying the monsoon! Honestly, even though I have loved rains since childhood, now, I don't really get time to enjoy it. Between managing two jobs, I rarely get time to enjoy a good rainy day while sipping a cup of coffee from my home's terrace or even from the office windows.

Sometimes I do think about how simple and enjoyable were the days back when I was in school and even in college, where I could just live the small moments happily without any major worries.

But now-a-days, as I am living my single life in this big city and steadily moving on my way to achieve bigger things - I think I have lost the connection to the simple life - where I could just live a day without any negative thoughts or worry.


The few times I really get to be myself and enjoy life to the fullest are when I am traveling, I am with friends or when I am out and about in the city - on my own - trying to make the most of the simple joys of life.

And today's OOTD actually reflects my mood from one of those lovely days where I dress up and hit the town with a mood to chill, shop and enjoy my fav Frappuccino.

I dressed up in a pleated H&M shirt, paired with a bright yellow ZARA top and my favorite H&M heels. This time I accessorised my look with a bold H&M choker, a GUESS watch and a sleek Kate Spade cuff bracelet.

Oh, and I also took my LV Speedy 30 for a spin as it fit all my day essentials with an ease.
Have a look at the pictures : 


Top : ZARA
Skirt : H&M
Shoes : H&M
Bag : Speedy 30 by Louis Vuitton
Watch :GUESS
Bracelet : Kate Spade
Sunglasses : Carrera
Earrings : Zotiqq
Choker : H&M





Photography : Picture Phactory
Well there's lot more to being single in a metro city than just living a busy life and being self dependent - but well I would leave the heavy talks for later.

I will be back with more outfit posts soon, but don't forget to leave your Comments below about this post!
Love
Nitika
OOTD - Single In the City | Curvy Style Guide
Friday, June 30, 2017

#500 : TSD is Now 500 Blog Posts Old | Completing 6 Years of Blogging and a Big Thank You

Hey lovelies!

Today is a special day! Well, it's not any festival or event, but it ofcourse holds a special place in my life. Well it's because not only I complete 6 years of blogging this month, but, I also reach a milestone ie. completing 500 posts on this blog that I have nurtured like a baby.


I haven't been writing as often as I was till last year, and haven't shared any heartfelt post since a long time. So I thought the 500th post was a perfect time to share my thoughts with my readers and everyone who has supported me throughout my blogging journey of 6 years.

Recently, I was ranked 4th among Top 100 Indian Fashion Bloggers by Feedspot which also feels amazing, and makes me feel that I am going on a right path.

There have been times that I have felt demotivated or disheartened about not giving more time to the blog, but achievements like these push me to keep writing and engaging you all with the content that you have liked for years.

This blog had started out as a hobby for me during my MBA summer internship back in 2011, and I had never thought I would be able to make it big and reach so far. Even my family and friends had thought that I would get over this hobby soon, but the satisfaction of seeing those blog hits increasing day by day made me confident and I decided to take my passion seriously.



That's when I decided to invest on the blog, by first purchasing a DSLR camera and slowly investing into key wardrobe pieces that are still an important part of my OOTD posts.

While it's difficult to name just a few of my favorite posts on the blog so far, the Curvy Style Guide series is really close to my heart - as I started this Lookbook series to break the stereotype that curvy girls can't be stylish. I believe if you have the confidence and know your body type well, there's nothing that would stop you from looking your best. I have gained and lost weight so many times in the last 6 years of blogging, but what has been constant is my love for fashion and this OOTD series.


Apart from my full-time digital marketing job, I have also kept my love for blogging alive and I try to devote as much time as possible to the blog. To start writing more often, I have decided to make few lifestyle choices so that I can be inspired to write regularly.

I have also thought many a times to take up blogging full-time, but I believe I am still learning and there's lot more to achieve before I decide to take up blogging as a full-time profession.
For now, I am happy with these small achievements and brand associations that I get to be a part of time-to-time.


Here's hoping for another wonderful year of blogging and growing! Keep reading and keep supporting my blog like always.

Love
Nitika

#500 : TSD is Now 500 Blog Posts Old | Completing 6 Years of Blogging and a Big Thank You
Friday, June 23, 2017

3 Looks to Take Your Man from Work to Play with John Players | Key2Life | Fashion for Men

Hey everyone!
We're back with an exciting post, this time for all the style-conscious men and the fashionistas who like to keep up with the latest fashion trends for the men in their life.

We recently shot three looks with blogger Shubham for John Players India, as they launched their latest Spring-Summer collection of trendy and colorful casual wear, that perfectly captures the flavors of street fashion with a fresh look.


Inspired by travel attributes, John Players' latest collection is full of spunky motifs and prints that create an effortlessly casual look. And that was also the inspiration for Shubham's first look which features a trendy printed shirted in white, paired with blue distressed denims that are perfect for a day out with friends.

Look 1 : Keep it Casual


For the second look, Shubham styled a printed shirt in earthy hues with a pair of trendy chinos that can be dressed up and be taken from work to play with ease. 
The vibrant and youthful colour palate offered under Decibel range by John Players is a great relief from the blues and greys that generally dominate men’s style game.

Look 2 : Go Clubbing

Look 3 : Back to College
The latest collection by John Players offers endless options for guys to jazz up their wardrobe, and dress up every day in a trendy way. Making a statement with joggers and cargos, these new entries in the JP collection are for the spirited young men who love the leisurely look.

And that's why, Shubham styled his third look in a pair of comfy joggers with a solid tee and a checkered shirt that's versatile yet stylish.

You can follow Shubham on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/shubham_ss/

The JP Univ Collection captures the eternal youthful quest for a sharper look in new sporty prints, tonal motifs, zipped neckline and jacquard collar shirts and polos. The best part is that all John Players apparel come in contemporary fits, experimental washes and playful styling. 

One can pick their favorite shirts beginning Rs.1299/- and trousers for Rs.1499/-. Tee range starts at Rs.899/-.

Also, if you shop from any exclusive John Players showroom, you have a chance to participate in the Key2Life contest and get an assured Gift on every purchase. This offer embodies the free-spirit of today’s youth gang and offers to give their dreams a wheel to come true! On the purchase of any apparel, one can enter a lucky draw for a bike from the very store one makes a purchase. 

32 bikes are up for grabs from 32 stores in Delhi NCR and one lucky person also takes home an SUV! 

Get more details about Key2Life Contest here - http://www.johnplayerskey2life.com/storelocator.php
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ITCJohnPlayers
Website - http://johnplayers.quasarstaging.net/

So get ready to make a style statement with John Players this summer and start shopping now!
xoxo
Team TSD
3 Looks to Take Your Man from Work to Play with John Players | Key2Life | Fashion for Men

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