IIJW 2015: My Day Out!

Hey lovely readers! ❤

Tonight I want to share my experience at the India International Jewellery Week 2015 with you guys 😀
I attended Day 2 of the IIJW at Grand Hyatt (Mumbai) and had a great time! This is how I looked!

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I attended the show presented by the Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery (IIGJ) that showcased collections by Rahul Luthra, Cherry Sahni, Anushka Singhal and Rachna Gupta. Many designs caught my eye!

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I was bewitched by Cherry Sahni’s exquisite collection! It was all about diamonds and TASSELS! It was amazing to see gems and pearls tied into tassels – so unique! B-)

The outfits were all denim! Denim and diamonds make an intriguing combination, don’t they? 😀

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Aditi Arya, the ruling Miss India World was the showstopper for Cherry. She looked like a young goddess in an unconventional boho-chic denim bustier-style leotard and a sheer lace skirt, coupled with ultra high brown leather heels ^^’

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After the show, I caught up with Cherry and her showstopper. Both ladies were gracious enough and the chat was effortless!

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Aditi’s favourite thing about the collection was its perfectly harmonious blend of modern and traditional. Her denim-lace outfit definitely revealed both the chic coolness and grace that a women embodies, she felt.

As for Cherry, she couldn’t be happier about her showstopper! According to her, Aditi symbolises precisely what her collection puts forth – a globetrotter and a free spirit who is in touch with her roots.

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Giveaway Winner!

This post comes a little late, as I’ve been caught up with a lot of things lately. My apologies to all my lovely readers! :* ❤

All those who followed me on Instagram will know that I announced the winner of the Kryolan giveaway on 1st July 🙂

Ekta Murarka was the lucky lady who received the Kryolan hamper I had told you guys about 😉

And she posted this super cute photo: (please ignore my handwriting 😛 )

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I loved all the entries for the contest. Everyone had great answers about why they wanted to win the goodie bag! But don’t be disheartened if you didn’t win. There are MORE GIVEAWAYS coming soon! ❤

Stay tuned for major awesomeness coming on my blog and Instagram. I’m REALLY excited about the upcoming posts!

Until the next post, keep dreaming ❤

Shruti xo

5 Beauty Essentials This Monsoon

Hi ladies! ❤

Today, I want to share the 5 most important things that you should swear by, this monsoon. Believe me, monsoons are no less harsh than summer! The humidity makes it impossible for sweat to evaporate, causing us to sweat more! This also activates the oil glands and makes your skin perfectly acne-prone! 😮

I have a really oily T zone, so I have been there! In today’s post, I hope to make your lives easier this monsoon. Let’s take a look at the top 5 Beauty Essentials that are great for monsoon as well as summer 😀

1. Oil-free Sunblock / Sunscreen

Never step out without a good sunblock on. Truth be told, you should wear sunblock ALL the time! I’m currently using the UV Screen Matte Gel from Lotus Herbals. With SPF 50, this sunblock is oil-free and gives a matte effect! Lotus Herbals makes safe, eco-friendly products which don’t harm my sensitive skin 🙂

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2. Matte Makeup

Try to avoid liquid lipsticks, gloss and creamy eyeshadows. The Mumbai monsoon and humidity are unforgiving. It won’t take more than 10 mins after you step out, for you makeup to melt and drip :/

Try using a waterproof and oil-proof makeup base. Lacto Calamine is a good option that can be used as a base! 💡

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It’s also a great idea to fix your makeup and matte-fy it with a loose powder such as this one from Kryolan ⭐

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3. Waterproof Eye Makeup

Besides a waterproof base, foundation and all of those, make sure you use waterproof makeup on your eyes! Waterproof makeup will make sure you don’t look like a raccoon on your big day 😛

I’m currently using Hyper Curl Volum Express mascara from Maybelline.

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Other great options are Maybelline’s Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara and Rimmel London’s Volume Flash Max Bold Curves Mascara 🙂

4. Wet Wipes / Tissues

Always keep a pack of wet wipes or face tissues handy! The humidity makes us sweaty and oily, but a quick swipe with a wet wipe can save the day! 😉

I’m currently loving Rose and Thyme Toning Wipes from Kara ❤

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5. Purified Water

The last thing which is very important! I can’t stress enough, the importance of staying hydrated. With all the sweating in monsoon, our bodies lose great amounts of water. Drink water at regular intervals to keep your bodily mechanisms in good shape!

Hydrated skin means healthy, bouncy, glowing skin 😉

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Hope you liked my post and found it helpful!

Until next time..Keep dreaming ❤

My First Giveaway On Instagram!

Hi guys!

I’m so excited to announce my first giveaway! Having crossed the milestone of 500 followers on Instagram, I’m giving away 3 amazing beauty products from the professional German makeup brand Kryolan ❤
A Derma Fixing Powder, a luscious lip gloss in Apricot shade and a Cream Eye Liner in Sea Green shade are up for grabs! 😀

This giveaway is worth 2,000 INR! 😎

The fixing powder is great as a loose powder for matte effect. It contains silicon which makes it waterproof and prevents oiliness!

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As for the lip gloss, it is very moisturising and is called the High Gloss. I think the name says it all 😉

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The Cream Eye Liner is really creamy, pigmented and long lasting! Can be used every day or even to create a dramatic look 🙂

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RULES:

1. Tag any number of your friends on the giveaway photo Instagram and follow me. Tell me in the comments, why you would like to win these products 😎
2. Repost this photo with #mirrorsndreamsgiveaway hashtag on your Instagram
3. Open to residents of India
4. Giveaway ends on 23th June, 7 pm.
5. The winner will be announced on 1st July.
All the best lovelies! Get started! 💋

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Boho Chic Summer Look

Hi readers! ❤

Today I’m featuring one of my favourite pieces of garment this summer! This one was long due! Take a look at this monochrome printed kimono with fringe detail at the hemline. This is a thrifted item 😀

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I love how this kimono is light and airy, making it perfect for this season! The fringes make it so much fun! And there are multiple ways to wear it. I’ll tell you some ways today 🙂

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I opted for wrist accessories and a necklace, completely foregoing earrings. I completed the look with a pair of black leather espadrilles 🙂

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You can opt for full coverage, by pairing the kimono with leggings..

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OR create a playful summer look, as I did with the shorts 😎

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Both outfits are quite versatile! The full black coverage is great for a formal meeting or simply, to feel cosy on a rainy day out 😉

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The pure white look with the white linen shorts is perfect for everything, from hanging out at the mall and even going to the beach!

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Quick Tips:

1. You can even pair this kimono with your bikini or a swim suit and it will look perfect!

2. You can also wear a belt or cord with the kimono, to add definition to your waist. Or you can just let it flow and enjoy the breeziness like me! ❤

So what do you think about kimonos? Would you like to try one, or do you love them already? 😀