Author: Gauri

So it’s only been a few months since things have got a little shorter lock-wise, but I’m already sensing what products are going to be coming to the forefront to lend their expertise on my locks. And I’m pretty excited about the whole thing. Can you tell? Therefore I thought I’d serve up what I’ve been reaching for in life post-mid lengths…

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I’m thinking of starting a newsletter. I know, I know, I’m totally late on this and should have started months ago. There are multiple reasons I didn’t.

I honestly, didn’t know what to say, and still don’t. As it stands, I’ll probably be writing a bi-monthly newsletter…about how my blogging is going? I’m still not sure what to write to be honest. Now the reason I finally decided to start a newsletter was that I’ve started enjoying to read them.

I particularly like the ones which have a bunch of links as I love discovering new content creators. So, in my search for understanding how to create a newsletter, I landed on Campaign Monitor, which is a pretty sweet tool for not only creating beautiful emails but also analysing what works & why.

They have tons of resources on the website to help you wrap your head around emails/newsletters.

For example, just take a look at this neat checklist with all the details that you should check before hitting that Send button.


Having a strong support before venturing out in an unknown territory is so important & I’m so impressed with Campaign Monitor that I do think I’ll sign up whenever I decide to take the plunge in that content area. But for now I thought I’d share this with you guys, in case any of you are thinking of getting into it.

As for me, I’m going to give it a month, maybe two, to see what I want to share in the newsletter or if I enjoy doing it!

  1. Happy New Year 2. Cupcakes from Love Sugar Dough 3. The Sigma Short Shader E20 4. Skincare haul from China 5. Returning to YouTube 6. Breakfast at Gurukripa

Lately, I’ve been pretty obsessed with Instagram. It’s an app where people take pictures, put a filter over it which makes every single photo you take look cool and then post it.

It’s the only app I use! I’ve seen these Instagram posts around and wanted to join in the crew but never knew how to collate all the photos together.

Then I had a Eureka! moment with screenshot! If you want to see what I do my Instagram username is ‘glossandmagic’ and let me know if this is something you’d like to see often. 😊

….and just look at that smile. A few weeks ago I had my hair cut off a length that it hasn’t been for the past 10 years. Admittedly it was only short back in the day because my Mom would always encourage the hairdresser to take off that extra inch while I was out of earshot. Since I entered the world of non-Mum supervised chops, I progressively let my hair grow longer and longer; eventually just failing to book in appointments at all due to lack of time and laziness *gross*. Though in the past year I’ve eased myself into the chicer mop I’ve always wanted from hair that almost touched my derriere to ends that now graze my elbows. And the ombré was left on the cutting room floor. Quite literally.

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I’ve made no secret of the fact that my favourite lipstick finish is matte. Long-lasting, a chic way to sport bolds and possibly the only lip product that holds up through all my pizza eating. They’ve come a long way since the thirsty formulas of back in the day that sucked lips into a moisture-free climate, but they still require some steps to ensure that you aren’t the owner of a prune-like pout. So I’ve compiled the ultimate guide to matte lips: the prep, the formulas that rock, the matte lip product that you’ve already got in your stash and the secret that turns any lippie into a matte affair.

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kriti sanon on cosmopolitan fotd

Isn’t Kriti Sanon just bringing it on this month’s issue of Cosmopolitan. Well, she’s just got that whole ‘no makeup, makeup’ thing down to a whole new chic level. Very refreshing to see on the cover of a makeup-packed magazine; I may have let out a little gasp when I spotted it on the stands. So it got me thinking. She must be wearing some kind of makeup and just what would those edit of products look like. Here are my predictions and look that I’d ever so warily call a ‘re-creation’ – though my interpretation edges closer to ‘no makeup – run for your lives’ than picture perfect Kriti’s rendition.

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Oh hello February, you little beaut of a month. Aren’t you just cracking? But it’s not just romance that I’m thinking about; the seasonally apt makeup for the month has to be one of my favourite selections of the year. Red lips, rosy cheeks, shimmery peepers and bold just about anything; there’s the one and only occasion to get makeup planning for: Valentine’s Day – just one day provides more than enough justification that a beauty bag shakeup is required. So here’s what I’ll be shifting to the top of my makeup pile for the next 28 days.

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