Holiday 2017 Gift Haul/Guide

Holiday 2017 Gift Haul/Guide

The holidays have officially hit and every brand on the planet is out with their incredibly fabulous holiday collections and deals. Its soo soo hard to resist swiping every offer/new product into your basket. Since I don’t celebrate Christmas I don’t have to buy gifts but with a self-control as flimsy as mine I gift myself all that I would buy as gifts(at least some of these).

On a more serious note, these are some products I thought were really nice. You could either use this post as a guide if your shopping for friends and family and check these products out or buy them for yourself (like moi). 😀


Huda Beauty came out with their 4 obsessions palettes. These cute little palettes that fit right into your palms cost $28, have 9 shades in each with the same pan size as their original (bigger) palettes.

Gift your makeup obsessed friend/family this and they’d love you forever! 😀

I picked up the electric obsessions palette because they stood out the most in terms of color for me. since I have both the Rose Gold Palette and the Dessert Dusk Palette I felt this was the perfect choice with all the bright colors. Also that teal shimmer is life! So gorgeous.


I also picked up this bon-bon by Caudalie. I have been looking for a moisturizer and got curious about this Caudalie one so wanted try it. This one comes with a deluxe size makeup cleanser, a moisture serum and a moisturizer.


This is such a cute gift idea. I’ve been eyeing Charlotte Tilbury but they are so expensive so I wanted to try them out before getting full-sized products. Since I mostly shop makeup online, this was an amazing opportunity to check out these products. Also how cute is this packaging, so luxurious and chic.

This gift set comes with 3 deluxe size products,Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream  and Wonder Glow Primer.


I still haven’t received this one yet but I feel like this ones a deal for $59. I will talk more on it once I have it hand.

Also dont forget to stop over for some Candles because ’tis the season and the Sephora favorites are amazing if your looking to build a collection! 😀

Have a great holiday! ❤




My First Colourpop Haul

My First Colourpop Haul

Colourpop has upped his game and how. I have resisted making an order from them for years and I am glad I waited.

I placed two orders from Colourpop a month (or so) back during that time they were having all these amazeballs offers. Both my orders arrived on the same day so I am combining what was in both in this haul post.

It was a super fun haul and I love when I can get more for less.

Lets dive right into the haul!

I picked up 4 Supershock shadows. I think the formula is pretty cool and the packaging is cute. However you can dry them out if you leave it open and I have a strong feeling one day I am going to do that. I always forget to close my makeup *sigh*

I got the shades ‘Coconut’ (which came damaged in the mail 😦 ), Sailor, Baby Talk and Bill.

The highlighter/blush duos by Colourpop has been spoken about quite a lot so I decided to try one out myself. I picked up ‘The Knockout’ Palette. I think the formula is buttery and pigmented but I just felt the colors in this palette itself were too orangey for my taste. 😐

I also picked up 3 single shadows. The criteria of choice were cute names 😛 They are good pigmented, buttery eyeshadows.

I also got myself a lippie stix in ‘Only You’. The formula again is super pigmented and buttery.

They tossed in two makeup brushes free. They were having an offer where you get 1 brush free when you order two supershock shadows. I ordered four so I received two brushes. I am not complaining. 😀

Also the lovely people at tossed in for me Satin Liquid Lipstick in ‘Magic Wand’. A pinky-peach nude color all free. This gave me chance to try out their satin lipstick formula. 🙂

I love how they are such an affordable brand that does good quality makeup. This was such a pleasant haul that just didn’t break my wallet.

What is your favorite Colourpop product? Have you tried any of the above? What are your thoughts?





Another Sephora Dubai Haul

Another Sephora Dubai Haul

This haul is from early this year(around February if I am not wrong) and like always its taken me forever to put this up. The products in this haul are still relevant and available so I tell myself there should be no problem posting it up after a good 6 months 😀

My two current beauty blenders are pretty battered but still works really well. I still wanted to stock up on another one for when one dies. I saw this value set and grabbed it. Read my thoughts in this set HERE.

I am obsessed with nose strips because they solve pretty much my biggest skin issue. I keep trying using different methods all the time. I grabbed a couple of these Sephora nose strip and I really like them. The only downside is I feel it’s too pricey for one strip and when I got them they didn’t have packs(but I believe they have them now).

I have more highlighters than I would possibly ever need and the only explanation I can give is I like shiny things. Champagne Pop (Becca X  Jaclyn Hill) has been hyped and how. I felt it was a gorgeous shade and wanted to have it. Now the collectors limited edition version of this highlighter is available. I wont be getting my hands on those but if you are planning on this highlighter this would be a great opportunity.

I love my Kat Von D liquid lipsticks and this one has become a favorite since I got it. This is the new Lolita II and is a gorgeous rusty orangey red.I also had to restock my Nars Creamy Concealer because I was running out of it.

I also picked up an urban Decay liner. They are oh so gorgeous I could resist.

I am very picky when it comes to a blush. I keep using the same one all the time whereas I chose all my other makeup according mood and occasion.Read my favoritest blush review HERE. However I have looked to wander out of my comfort zone(something I have spoken in my various posts before). This Marc Jacobs Air blush is pure indulgence and I had to treat myself to it.

This was my Sephora Haul early this year. Await my new one in a few weeks. 😉

Have you tried any of these? Is any of these your favorites? Let me know below 🙂




One Big NYX Haul

One Big NYX Haul

A NYX store situated right in front of your hotel does no good for anyone. The chic and sleek interior screaming for attention and all that makeup. That is exactly what happened a few months back while I was traveling. Do I have to even explain what followed?!

Instead of me beating around the bush and giving you an excuse or two for my shopaholic tendencies, let me get straight to my not so little haul.

When Nyx launched their lip lingerie everyone wanted to try them out. I was no different but my reason was more to find out whats so lingerie-ish about them? *realizes she still has no clue* . Jokes aside, I loved their color choice and settled with ‘Embellishment’, a cool – toned mauve shade that was quite unique compared to my regular selections. I wore this all along my honeymoon because I am all about the puns*puts on imaginative sunglasses for coming up with that last line while sitting in front of a laptop past midnight* 😉

Next is this cute little nude matte shadow called ‘lap dance’ that I spent more hours choosing than it should be allowed. I am all for a good nude shade and this one is another feather in the collection. Also this packaging!! Is anyone else falling for it as much as I am?

I had mentioned in my Stila Haul how I was in a lookout for eyeliners a few months back and ended up with enough for my entire family. I had seen ‘The Curved’ Nyx eyeliner around and had always wondered whether it was really as ergonomic as its expected to be. Given how I was in the lookout for a good raccoon eye maker how could I not pick this up. Lookout for a much review soon.

I am all about that glitter since forever. I don’t care what you think of it but I would forever be in love with anything and everything shiny. And I have only genetics to blame for it. 😀 Grabbed a few glitters from the Nyx store because I can’t have enough.

I also got two blush pans. One on the mauve side and the other a very pigmented pink. Both have sparkles in them. I also got an empty blush palette to insert the pans into. #ThatOrganizedLife 😉

Have you tried out any of these products? Whats your favorite Nyx product?




The Carli Bybel Deluxe Palette| Review

The Carli Bybel Deluxe Palette| Review

Makeup is an addiction that I never thought I’d have. But then here I am sharing my thoughts on another new palette. Like always this post is long due and so are all those sitting in my draft box waiting to be edited.

I have eyed the Carli Bybel Deluxe Palette ever since I saw the first swatches out on social media. I marked the date and secured my palette in the early hours of its pre-launch. It is the first ever palette I pre-ordered and I am glad I did.

The packaging is the exact design as her previous palette with BH Cosmetics and the design itself is pretty cool with the white and grey marble print. This is a bigger palette than the earlier one and includes some shades from the old palette and a few new shades. This diversity kind of interested me because I didn’t buy her previous palette.

To be honest, I don’t want to bore you all and myself with the not so important details. Also there’s so many reviews out there stating the obvious.

This is how the inside of the palette looks like:

I think the palette is really pretty and has nice vary of shades. My first thought on top of my head when I held open the palette was that I can totally create 4 different looks at least from this palette without putting much thought. Versatility is a  pretty cool to have in a palette.

The palette consists of 21 eyeshadows and highlighters. There are 11 original shades(from her previous palette) and 10 new shadows and highlighters.

Moreover, I love how the shades itself are complimentary to a very wide range of skin tones. Personally, I a medium skin toned woman find it super hard to find an entire palette that can complement my skin tone however this one was a nice difference from the usual.

The eyeshadow are super buttery, I really don’t know how she does it especially the shimmer shadows are a treat to swatch. They are also extremely pigmented and the color payoff is amazing given the price. The staying power is beyond amazing.

This is priced at $22.50 (exc. shipping) and can be purchased from the BH Cosmetics website. I preordered it for $19.50 (exc. shipping).


1st Row (from the top)2nd row

3rd Row

4th Row

5th Row

Did you get your hands on this palette? Are you interested?What do you think of it? Whats your current favorite palette?




A Body Shop Vitamin E Skincare Haul

A Body Shop Vitamin E Skincare Haul

The hottest and most dry season of the year has arrived along with the festivities and holidays. The scorching sun is drinking up my skin and there’s so much sales and offers going around where shopping is concerned. Everyones’ shopping, the atmosphere gets to you( definitely got to me :P).

So impromptu I decided to get some essentials I have been eyeing for a while from The Body Shop.

I had been wondering about The Body Shop Vitamin E line for a while now. I’ve always used their skin care line and I’ve tried most of the lines but never really fell in love with any for my dry skin. A few people told me to give the vitamin E ones a try once again. Since all the revamping and look that’s happened to the brand itself I thought why not.

I am currently using their cleansing foam from the ‘Aloe Vera’ line but I feel need more moisturizing. Therefore I picked up the ‘Vitamin E Gentle Face Wash. I am kinda excited for this one. My skin needs some moisture so bad. 

Then I picked up the ‘Vitamin E Hydrating Toner’ too. I’ve never used a toner although everyone time and again advised I should. I always thought it might dry out my skin. However I finally decided to have a go and the ‘hydrating’ in product name definitely helped make the purchase much easier.

Finally when I saw the ‘Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet’ I was happy dancing (in my mind of course! pfft). I’ve been wanting an aqua based moisturizer desperately and this one feels really cooling on the skin.

They also gave me a freebie, this deluxe size ‘Frosted  Cranberry Shower Gel’ with my goodies. I always love getting these tiny ones so you can try out a fragrance for a short while without being bored.

There was a 15% off offer(who’s complaing!? not me! :D)  since I got 3 products so anyone interested living in Sri Lanka can go take a look. 🙂

Do you have any favorite line from The Body Shop? Are you looking to buy any of above mentioned products? Do you already own any of them? Do you like them? Do you think they do a good job moisturizing? Let me know in the comments below! 😀

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! Xx





A Limited Stila Haul

A Limited Stila Haul

That huge Boots store somewhere between Oxford street and regents street terrified me even a notch higher than how Sephora makes me feel. They just seem to have all the right stuff, after rummaging through thee ground floor with a full basket, horror-struck me and I just pulled myself out of the damn store but only of course after picking up some makeup too. So as always I wanted to share the makeup I got so here it is…

I have never used anything from Stila before because nothing really stood out or made it to my wish-list. However I always wondered what they’d be like…

I was out of eye liner of any kind at this point so I had made a note to pick a good eyeliner or two during this trip. So i went ahead and picked up 6 eyeliners since. 😛

I started with this pack of 3 eyeliners from Stila. It was one of those ‘I need a new eyeliner and I get 3 for a good price so why not buy them without too much thought’ kind of purchase.

This value set is called ‘morning to moonlight’ and has two smudge stick eyeliners’ in ‘Stingray’ and ‘Lionfish’, and a Stay All Day liquid eyeliner in ‘Intense Black’.
I ended up loving them so much that I wish I had stocked up more(although even Eeyore would know the next time I will run out of eyeliner would at least be after a good 5 years).

Next I also picked up their ‘Stay All Day’ liquid lipstick set in “naturally nude”.

I have never used any of their lipsticks naturally and hadn’t tried many liquid lipsticks too. I taught buying the set would let me experiment them in 3 different shades. I went in for the nude set as opposed to the pink and the red one was since I felt this was just safe and there was more chances of me making use of them. The 3 liquid lipsticks come in the mini-size.

If I am not wrong both these were 2016 holiday sets. I had purchased them when they had first come out in November last year.I purchased each of the above for 18 pounds.  I know limited editions, not available anymore, is an annoying thing to make a post about. However these lipsticks and eyeliners’ are available in full size on the Sephora and Boots website for anyone interested. 🙂





February & March Book Haul

February & March Book Haul

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

I’ve been reading a lot lately and I am thrilled by it. It has been something I have consciously wanted to get back to and imbibe into my lifestyle. I read a lot in middle school and high school. I read good books, books that eventually aided me in ways that I perhaps cannot have imagined then and even now. It satisfied the dreamer in me.

Then when university and life happened I did not read as much and the one or two that I did read were in my opinion the more frivolous ones like Sophie Kinsella that made me giggle and chuckle. I needed that laugh amidst all the tests and awaiting to be completed assignments. However somewhere in the back of my head I made a promise to myself quite often that eventually I am going to get back to reading books that somewhere left a little note in my heart and somewhere with the fear of sounding cheesy touched my soul.

Since the beginning of this year I have been making my own little records with a book or three that touched my soul and I am content. And that’s important I guess.

I love haul posts and I am loving these book haul posts because one day long time some one shared with a tiny me a big fat book she read. And that was how I got a friend for life and ‘Anne of Green Gables’ became one of my favorite books ever.

So now let’s get to the haul itself. Since I have combined hauls of two months I will tell you what I thought of the books that I have read already and tell you what I am kind of expecting of the books I still haven’t read.

Also is everyone in awe of how new books feel, look and smell? Or is it just me?

I picked up the new Chetan Bhagat book, ‘ONE INDIAN GIRL’,  in Dubai last month which I ended up reading on my flight back. I have never read any of his books but I have watched a movie or two that was based on his books. The title held out to me and I am all for strong woman so I wanted to give it a try.

I loved the strong, realistic and relatable protagonist. I was in awe of her achievements and even her busy lifestyle. I loved how she loved her numbers and I hated how true the portrayal of sexism was. I was not necessarily thrilled about the style of writing and I quite disliked the direct- translation-like parts in the book. It’s like watching a dubbed version of your favorite cartoon on Nickelodeon.

Next is a book that I have searched the corners of the internet in an attempt to purchase it for over a year now. I have followed some of Twinkle Khanna’s blogs and she has the kind of humor I live for. In a world where most are either funny and stupid or insightful and boring, she is a brilliant crossover.

I love her writing style, satire and the ease in which she tells you all. ‘MRS. FUNNYBONES’ was a fun read.

I also got her second book ‘THE LEGEND OF LAKSHMI PRASAD’ too because why not right?!

The content of this was different yet refreshing. If Mrs. Funnybones was urban, elusive and funny, this one was deep, rooted and intelligent. She has the kind of humor that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. She makes fun of things that people choose to be more uptight and blind towards. I was surprised but I liked it. I also learnt a thing or two about how to make sanitary pads too. 😀

Those were the three books I read in February. Now to my march haul and what I am expecting from them

After having successfully read in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, I came across ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. I was wondering why no one was talking about them and then it slipped out of my mind. I saw it a again at a bookstore recently and wondered why I never read it. Eventually early this week I decided to take the plunge and made an online purchase.

The thing about good memories is that you protect it with all your might and Harry Potter is one such good childhood memory. I’ve sobbed my way through the last two books and the memory was etched deep and I have always wondered what had happened to Harry. I am still half-way through the book so I can’t really say whether I liked it or not but to be really honest I don’t really feel the magic as of yet.

The book is based on Harry’s tribute to Dumblebore and Snape, his son, Albus Severus Potter. Currently I just wanted to wave my wand and throw him to the wall but maybe …just maybe I might end up liking it. Have you read this one yet? If so, I kinda want to know your thoughts.

Next is a book, ‘BEHIND HER EYES’ by Sarah Pinborough’, I bought solely on gut-feeling. Something about the cover and the title was so intriguing that I had to pick up. Doesn’t it look super mysterious?

I had to read a few pages just because I couldn’t resist. So far it sounds like a good thriller and the style of writing is simple and just right.

A couple of years ago I made a little list of books-to-read and then subsequently lost it. Somehow I remember jotting ‘PICTURE PERFECT’ by Jodi Picoult down in my list so when I saw it at the bookstore I thought I should find out why it had made it on my list all that while ago.

I don’t know what I should expect from the book but I am curious. Has anyone read it?

The final book in this haul is ‘THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN’ by Paula Hawkins. This book was recommended to me by at least two people so I wanted to check what the whole deal was about.

I have to be honest that I almost decided not to get it at the bookstore. I really don’t know if this is my cup of tea but I decided to find out anyway so I shall get back to you on my thoughts. (Also don’t forget to follow me on Instagram :* ).

This was one fulfilling post to write and quite long too I must admit! 😀

I am pretty excited to get through reading the rest of my books. What have you been reading? Any recommendations? I’d love to know so please do leave a comment and links to your blogs! 🙂







While I was travelling around Europe I made time for some KIKO shopping in Milan during my honeymoon. I mean to be honest I couldn’t resist although I needed none but wanted everything but boy am I glad or what that I did because these are some fine stuff right here.
I have been wanting to share this for a while now along with some more exciting hauls I made but then i am still trying to get my routine back and do posts on time. That struggle shall continue and I shall keep bulking on hauls after hauls. Although I have managed to get some fulfilling reviews  out there recently I just have to get back to business and I’m a lazy bum.
I have always viewed KIKO as an amazing brand for eye makeup namely eyeliners’ and mascaras. However every time I stepped into a KIKO store I was repeatedly reminded of how much variety they have in terms of all kinds of makeup. Their price point is somewhere in between drugstore and high-end. I kept frantically running around the store trying to make good decisions and all in vain.
I did pick up a few eye liners because at that point I literally had just one liner in my collection and I was looking for some good ones.
I picked up a beautiful berry lipstick and some eyeshadow sticks for experiments sake.


Firstly lets talk about the beautiful berry lipstick that I absolutely didn’t need but picked up anyways. Its matte and I just wanted to check out how their lipsticks are. This one is pigmented,velvety and the color is gorgeous. Its called Passion in case you’re wondering.

I also picked up a very thin kohl pencil in black that I thought would be ideal for my waterline since I like using it very precise and not over the top or have raccoon eyes.

Then I got their fancily named ‘Lasting Precision Automatic Eyeliner and Kohl’ in Mattita Occhi because I am always all about that color.

The final two were a very tough decision to make amidst so many lovely versatile shades.

‘The Long Lasting Stick – 8 hour no transfer eyeshadow’ stick is true to its description. I got a bronzy shade that I felt was neutral enough to use in many ways.

But then as much as I love my neutrals I am a sucker of some color especially blue. I am/was the girl who loved blue. Their Sparkling Trail Eyeshadow stick collection had just launched and of course I couldn’t escape the desire of bringing one with me so I unsurprisingly chose a brilliant blue.

That was all of my KIKO haul I squeezed in. Does it ever happen to any of you guys where you really don’t understand why you had to buy everything you did? Like why? Also have you tried anything from KIKO? If so, what is your absolute favorite? Share it with us all in a comment below. 😀





January 2017 Book Haul

January 2017 Book Haul

As we close in on January I wanted to share with you guys my first book haul for this year. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait to read them all. It was a satisfying haul. Awhile back I had asked you guys on Instagram for some recommendation on books to read(you can still leave them for me in the comments. Love you thanks) which I have carefully noted away in my must-buy list. The thing is where I live I just don’t find all the books at my disposal, sometimes it takes some searching to find a place that sells them,


I got myself 4 books during my last eventful trip to the bookstore and I am soo looking forward to reading them all. How I wish i could read all 4 at once *EEEK**img_6363

The first one that i went in for was ‘THE CHEMIST’ by Stephenie Meyer. I really enjoyed the Twilight series(I was in 8th grade, don’t judge) and although I never read THE HOST(I’m not the alien story kinda person) I really felt this one was up my alley. I am currently mid-reading this.

The next i picked up was something I was eyeing for awhile and heard such good reviews of. Also I have this inclination towards non-fiction because I want to know how some people did what they did. If there’s something life’s taught is that real life is that movies and fiction are based on it more than we would like to believe. I picked up ‘I AM MALALA’. Has anyone read it? Let me know how you liked it?

One regret I have is not enough reading classics as a child to a point of embarrassment that I intend to change that. Therefore I picked up this Jane Austen Volume II which comprises of three books; ‘Sense and sensibility’, ‘Emma’ and ‘Northanger Abbey’. I haven’t sadly read all three so cant wait to get to that.

The last one I picked up was ‘THE BOOK THIEF’ by Marcus Zusak. I spotted this randomly at the bookstore, had a strong intuition that it’d be a good one and bought it home with me. I haven’t watched the movie but if I do end up loving the book I might just catch up with the movie and ruin it for myself 😉

Have you read any of the book? Did you like it? What are you currently reading?

I am gonna go back under my blanket and start catching up with these books until then in the hot scorching tropical weather 😛

Have a great week guys!Xx