Product Review: Lakme Absolut Face Stylist Blush Duos (Pink Blush)

Hello dear readers! โค

Today I am back with a product review, and it’s from Lakme again ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wanted to try this product since long, so I thought I should review it for you guys too! It is the Lakme Absolut Face Stylist Blush Duos in the Pink Blush shade.

I ordered it from Jabongย where it is priced at INR 600/- against the market price of INR 750/- !!

You can order it here ๐Ÿ˜€

The packaging is nothing fancy, and looks quite compact as seen below. It comes with a small applicator brush which can be travel-friendly only if you carry the whole box ๐Ÿ˜

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The brush has really fine hair and is smooth to the touch. But quite honestly, I found it too tiny to be held correctly ๐Ÿ˜ฆIMG_20151128_130934906

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Here comes the blush compact:

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Aren’t the colours simply beautiful? ๐Ÿ™‚

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So here goes the swatch:

Please note that I prepped my hand before applying the blush, so that the color pops. But I realised that the blush is quite pale and requires a number of strokes for the colour to build up.

Also, the texture of the blush product seems silky, almost like talc. But upon application, it feels chalky ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

First swatch taken inside the house:

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Second swatch taken in natural light:

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Here’s how it looked on me!

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I know what you’re thinking – where’s the blush?! ๐Ÿ˜›

But yes, I am wearing itย in this picture. It doesn’t play up well despite a number of applications. Andย I was afraid to add more strokes as I was beginning to look like a flamingo off-camera ๐Ÿ˜›

My Verdict:

This isn’t a great purchase. I might use it times of need, but I’d advise you to check out some other options too. Also, it wasn’t very visible on my complexion but it might suit fair ladies ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time,

Shruti xx

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Product Review: Lakme 9 to 5 Toffee Nexus Lipstick

Hey ladies!

Today after a long break, I am back with a product review ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s the Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick in the shade of Toffee Nexus (YUMMY NAME!)

I ordered it from Jabongย where it is priced at INR 360/- against the market price of INR 450/- !!

You can order it here ๐Ÿ˜€

The product comes packaged in a peachy pink card box, with silver lettering. Looks simple and elegant; I like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The lipstick has a rose goldย metallic body which looks rich and sophisticated. It is slightly rounded at the middle, giving it a cute chubby look ๐Ÿ˜€IMG_20151128_125739801

Here is the Toffee Nexus lipstick:IMG_20151128_130028195

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Let’s take a look at the shade ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_20151128_130402071

This is how it looks on my inner arm. I findย it to be a very beautiful shade ๐Ÿ™‚
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The texture of this Lakme 9 to 5 lipstick is quite creamy, and it is well tinted. I have pigmented lips and I could see that the colour had built up well with the first swipe itself. The second coat helped to play up the colour better!

Now for the drawbacks – The lipstick has a medicine-like smell. But I’m not sure if that’s the case with the entire range, or just my lipstick :/ The smell diffuses after a minute of wearing the lipstick.

Secondly, I feel that this lipstick ย doesn’t have much staying power. Its creaminess makes it come off at the slightest contact with anything, be it a mug, straw, tissue etc. I liked the shade better, after blotting with a tissue ๐Ÿ˜›

This is how it looks on me (blotted):
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My Verdict:

Sooo, I did say that toffee Nexus is a beautiful shade of lip colour. BUT, I’m afraid that it doesn’t flatter my dusky complexion. The swatch looked pretty on my arm, but my face is darker in comparison.ย I’m sure it will look great on fairer complexions ๐Ÿ™‚

Nevertheless, Toffee Nexus will definitely be my go-to lipstick for a nude look ๐Ÿ˜€

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Into the House of Naari

Hello, my lovely readers!

Today is my birthday, and I’m really happy with the way things are going with Mirrors and Dreams. Thanks and much love to every one of you for your support! โค

Tonight, I want to share an exciting field trip I had earlier this month.ย I had the fortune of being invited for a bloggers’ meet by the renowned maker of ethnic wear, theย House of Naariย  ๐Ÿ™‚

It didn’t take them much to convince me and I gladly jumped aboard ๐Ÿ˜€

I dressed up in a bright-coloured salwaar kameez and embellished footwear for the day. I kept my makeup minimal (as I usually like it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Take a look:
IMG_20151024_112910509IMG_20151024_112648929IMG_20151024_112413859We reached the Naari production unit after a brief train journey to Boisar. The travel was short and fun, and I spent time chatting with our friendly hosts. Upon reaching the unit, we were greeted with a breakfast buffet. I gorged on Aloo Parathas (Indian bread with flavoured potato filling) like there’s no tomorrow ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Post breakfast was the bloggers’ conference. The CEO of Naari, Arjun introduced us to the brand and the Head Designer of Naari, Fatema unveiled their fresh collection. You can see her take the floor below:
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She introduced us to their latest Festive line, filled with folk motifs, lush colours and varying textures that suit different moods.

You can see the vibrant rabadi folk embroidery on the kurtas below:
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We also saw some gorgeous Madhubani embroidery on the kurtas, replete with Madhubani motifs like fish, flowers and birds. Pictures below:IMG_20151024_115714909IMG_20151024_115832348

A particular collection called Tree of Life grabbed eyeballs. It was characterised by symbols like tendrils, birds, trees and mesmerising ombre colour schemes ๐Ÿ™‚
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We also saw some casual cotton kurtas for daily wear. They were clean, light and sophisticated ๐Ÿ™‚
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This one was my favourite from the cotton line โคIMG_20151024_120858306

Overall, I was quite impressed with this collection for the simple reasons that the clothing is vibrant, suits every occasion and is budget-friendly ๐Ÿ˜Ž
IMG_20151024_120955119From embroidery to ombre, Naari has used a spectrum of techniques to create unique products. For example, this digital print dupatta with an unstitched Lucknowi embriodered kurta:
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We also took a look at their collection of handbags, and these sling bags were my favourites!

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During my chat with Arjun, he revealed that long before Naari was born in 2008, they have been supplying fabric to top brands like H&M, Only, Zara and Vero Moda for decades. Filled with ideas and fervour about the upcoming collections, Arjun was fun to talk to!IMG_20151024_124456677
The conference was followed by a first-hand tour of the factory by Arjun. I CANT EXPLAIN HOW AMAZING IT WAS!

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These embroidery machines were 22 metres long, and with 2 frames, they produce 44 metres of garment in one go! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Look at this sequin work that happens side by side with the embroidery:

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The Tree of Life in the production stage:IMG_20151024_141606404A little souvenir from the Naari factory! ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_20151024_133902455

IMG_20151024_135350800Iย was amazed at the sheer brilliance of the production unit! EVERYTHING is produced from scratch, including the fabric and the sequins! You can see sequins in production below:IMG_20151024_135322291We also took a tour of the quality check unit, where every inch of fabric is screened for defects, and every fabric sample goes through TEN quality checks:
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Look at the various kinds of white garment fabrics I spotted across the factory โคIMG_20151024_132847777IMG_20151024_133049045IMG_20151024_134215361IMG_20151024_135727109
I was simply stunned by this force called Naari. I am thankful to them for giving me glimpses into their intricate workings and the hard work that goes into producing every garment! You can browse their collection here and follow them on Facebook!

Watch this space for an upcoming shoot with Naari ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until then, love from Shruti xx

Mirrors and Dreams Among Top 50 Beauty Blogs!

Hey lovelies,

Tonight, I’m really excited to share an amazing news with you. Mirrors and Dreams just got featured among the ‘Top 50 Beauty Blogs of India’ on Rebateszone! ๐Ÿ˜€

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HOW COOL IS THIS?

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I’m so happy that my efforts have been recognised. I know I have a long way to go but this acknowledgement is a great boost! And this would not have been possible without the support of you lovely readers โค

I don’t know you all personally but I still love every one of you! So, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

Myย Twitter has not been mentioned here, but you can follow me at @mirrorsndreams! And my Facebook too<3

Until next time,

Shruti xx

Premium Laundry Services Are Here!

Hello, my dear readers!

How many of you are fussy about your laundry like me? ๐Ÿ˜›

I always prefer washing my clothes by hand, with a gentle liquid detergent. I don’t even trust washing machines to do the job well! But with a hectic job, it’s tough to always find time for the chore; my clothes end up piling up ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Recently, I learnt about aย new laundry service called Mink.

I received the offer to get any three items laundered by Mink in exchange for an honest review. I am excited to share my experience with you guys ๐Ÿ˜€

So, I sent across an AND dress, a prized sari (raw silk with zari work) of mine and a precious rug which had gotten stained. I forgot to take pictures of the dress and sari before I sent it to the Mink team butย I remembered to click the carpet ๐Ÿ˜›
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Look at that patch on top, off-centre. I wanted this cleaned so I could store it properly, but I couldn’t figure out where or when to get it cleaned. Mink’s timing couldn’t have been better! ๐Ÿ˜€

So, the process began. The pickup was quite smooth and efficient. An executive from Mink collected my items and gave me a receipt.IMG_20151016_212057943

After 3 days – which I felt was a long wait – I received a call informing me that my stuff was ready to be delivered. The coordination was very efficient! I got held up at work and the Mink executive was gracious enough to delay his visit for my convenience ๐Ÿ™‚

I was pleasantly surprised whenย I received my laundered stuff neatly folded and presented in Mink’s branded packaging โค

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IMG_20151010_155900697Inside the spacious bag, my item were separately packed with much care and thought. My rug had been wrapped carefully, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was amazed to see my clothes in top condition ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_20151010_155714902IMG_20151010_155310156
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I’ll just sum up by saying that these premium laundry services seem like a boon. There are many other like me, who are very particular about their clothes but are not able to give it time. With Mink’s efficient pickup-and-drop facility and smooth communication, we can goodbye to our laundry hassles! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

You can check out the prices and more details on their website.

For all my lovely readers, here’s an amazing offer! You get INR 200 off on a minimum order of INR 500, valid till 15th November. Use promo code BLOG1400

Until next time,ย Shruti xxIMG_20151010_155220302