No matter how immersed in the world of beauty you are – there’s always going to be gaps in your knowledge. I can reel off the whole of the Revlon line and correctly predict what nail polish you’re wearing in just three guesses, posses an innate knowledge of each beauty blogger’s current favourite base product and probably ace a pop-quiz on this seasons makeup launches – but when it comes to ingredients it gets a little patchy. Being completely self-taught in this realm, it was an all too often occurrence that I’d pick up a product I liked the look of and put it on without so much of a read of the blurb – but I’ve given myself a slap on the wrist, got my pen and notepad at the ready and I’m taking it into my own hands. Ingredients – I’m coming for ya’ – and I’m ready to get down to the nitty gritty.

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If there’s one thing I’m guilty of in the evenings, it’s not being able to switch off (and deciding that I wish to eat cake at 11pm at night). The Keep app on my cell is crammed with muddled midnight typings that I sleepily add in the desperate hope to get all things bloggy off my mind. It makes for some entertaining reading. Sometimes I just need to relax. And to get into that state I have a bevy of good smelling stuff to get me in the mood. Enter, Soulflower’s Energy Boost; a blend more formulated for a daytime hit of perkiness, but I use it all-day, everyday whenever I have a ‘pull yourself together woman’ moment. They happen. Often. A mix of Rosemary, Grapefruit, Lemon and Peppermint among others paired with some subtle mind games make me feel that wee bit more chilled whenever I roll it on. Temples, wrists and my pillow seem to be my favourite scent spots but it’s taken up permanent residency in the depths of my bag and gets hauled out whenever I need a roll.

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I don’t have much of an off-switch when it comes to reading. It’s about two minutes into dinner with my friends before I quiz them on what book they’re reading and free time is a largely reading dominated activity too. I’m like a sponge, me – absorbing all the book chatter up from every corner – I do love a good book. There’s something about packing out a bookshelf with a bevy of reads that feels just as satisfying as an A-Z brand organised makeup drawer. A welcome alternative to the bright back light of my laptop. Open up my current reading list…

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Usually when I purchase something, I quietly write it down in my notepad and add it to my list of ‘Recently Purchased Items That I Haven’t Told People About Yet’ list. I wait until the list no longer fits on one page and finally get off my derriere to write a haul post. However, every now and again something slips through this process and I just have to alert you guys about my latest purchase – hence the child-like ‘Look What I Got’ title 😉 I have been lusting after this product for probably over a year now, so when I got it I just had to write a blog post about it immediately!

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I toyed with a few thematic choices for this month’s beauty bag, but instead I decided to plump for the most cliched of them all – a regime monsoon clean. Most probably because I need to complete the ritual myself and take a dose of my own medicine, but also because I love a good clear out and clean up of the stash. Prepare to rinse out your skin, swap in a tinted moisturiser and tweak your current daily makeup rotation all in just 3 not too pricey products. It’s Wednesday & the first of the month; could there be a better day to put down the tub of chocolate ice cream (guilty) and get your beauty bag in order for the upcoming month in order? I think not…

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Pink polish swatch

Recently I’ve been harbouring quite the love affair with pink nail polish. Note: this has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that one of my girl crushes, Deepika Padukone, is never spotted without a set of perfectly pinked up talons. Promise. But there’s just something about a smooth slick of the stuff on the nails that makes me feel sophisticated, polished and a little bit ladylike – and trust me that’s some feat. I don’t half pick my moments – it may not be the most seasonal choice right now but there’s been not a hint of nude that’s graced my tips for weeks now. Shocking, I know; so welcome the cream of my pink polish crop…

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I’m a Mumbaikar. I’ve memorised the railway map, only have one walking speed – fast – and have tucked into vadapav porn at many a fair share of ‘trendy pop-ups’. But more importantly than all of that, I’ve trekked across all of the makeup-filled hotspots. From big ol’ department stores to those less-footed yep, I’ve devoured them all and have the slightly dented bank balance to prove it. So for this weekend’s post I thought I’d take you for a tour of Mumbai’s best beauty landmarks, quite literally…

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