I wander because…

In continuation to my last post –

https://thepalettedelights.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/i-wander-why/

 

My explorations have started and in the course of my journey, I am eager solve those blocks which are disturbing my views to know my own conflicts, ideas and unknown visions…
The Odyssey is on… I am waiting to tour those routes… And waiting to pen those roads…

 

In the midst of daily chores, endless targets, perplexed musings running across my mind I try to creep in to the silence of my own being to solve my restlessness. There is something beyond my accessible terrains, where I can expand my awareness, where I can be free, where I am not lost. I feel that sometimes there is a need to travel within to know, understand and realise that indistinct vacuity of your own space; something which is hiding in you, something real, unknown but again not less than ordinary. And for that, it is required to wither away from the constant clamour of the surroundings and dig into your core. But! Can you find it? Can you extract it out? Can you liberate it? No! There lies a problem.

 

We as individuals are so absorbed in this eternal, external and incognito noise, that we are unable to stand still in our mind, heart and soul to relax and stay calm. There is so much happening around us. The influx of over flowing information is so much that a human mind is truly unable to handle it, process it and obviously implement it. We are chasing a never ending race in this maddening crowd. We are not sure about the purpose but since we don’t want to ‘miss out’ anything, no matter how relevant or irrelevant the issues are, we are sub consciously forcing ourselves to be in the game.

 

The world is bombarded with new avenues, new opportunities and new possibilities, that we are in the tendency to grab everything into us. Be it Smartphone explosions, social media platforms or rapid globalisation, everything has so much to offer, that by end of the day our brains are so drained to go beyond what is ‘visible’. Everything seems to be artificial, though technology bridges gaps between relations; we are constantly missing a ‘personal touch’. And there I am able to identify the issues what I am going through.

 

The world is moving so fast, everyone including me is mesmerised with the process and somewhere down the line we have forgotten to pause and live in the moment. It has been written many times, but what I am feeling that in this due course, I am losing myself to the world. I am so engulfed with everything around me; that I have elapsed to discover new paths for my journey. Everything looks so fake, unreal and insane. I miss those real conversations, those real relations and those real feelings.  I miss that touch! I miss that heart-to-heart tête-à-tête. Everyone is immersed in chasing the mad pursuit; no one has ‘real time’ to have real discussions. I want to break free! I want to smile even when no one is looking at me. I want to dance even if there is no music. I want to travel even when there is no defined destination. I want to enjoy ‘real’ life. I want to move away from this camouflaged race.

 

My realisations have started exploring my journey, I am eager to learn more, discover more and live more.

I wander because

In continuation to my last post –

https://thepalettedelights.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/i-wander-why/

 

My explorations have started and in the course of my journey, I am eager solve those blocks which are disturbing my views to know my own conflicts, ideas and unknown visions…
The Odyssey is on… I am waiting to tour those routes… And waiting to pen those roads…

 

In the midst of daily chores, endless targets, perplexed musings running across my mind I try to creep in to the silence of my own being to solve my restlessness. There is something beyond my accessible terrains, where I can expand my awareness, where I can be free, where I am not lost. I feel that sometimes there is a need to travel within to know, understand and realise that indistinct vacuity of your own space; something which is hiding in you, something real, unknown but again not less than ordinary. And for that, it is required to wither away from the constant clamour of the surroundings and dig into your core. But! Can you find it? Can you extract it out? Can you liberate it? No! There lies a problem.

 

We as individuals are so absorbed in this eternal, external and incognito noise, that we are unable to stand still in our mind, heart and soul to relax and stay calm. There is so much happening around us. The influx of over flowing information is so much that a human mind is truly unable to handle it, process it and obviously implement it. We are chasing a never ending race in this maddening crowd. We are not sure about the purpose but since we don’t want to ‘miss out’ anything, no matter how relevant or irrelevant the issues are, we are sub consciously forcing ourselves to be in the game.

 

The world is bombarded with new avenues, new opportunities and new possibilities, that we are in the tendency to grab everything into us. Be it Smartphone explosions, social media platforms or rapid globalisation, everything has so much to offer, that by end of the day our brains are so drained to go beyond what is ‘visible’. Everything seems to be artificial, though technology bridges gaps between relations; we are constantly missing a ‘personal touch’. And there I am able to identify the issues what I am going through.

 

The world is moving so fast, everyone including me is mesmerised with the process and somewhere down the line we have forgotten to pause and live in the moment. It has been written many times, but what I am feeling that in this due course, I am losing myself to the world. I am so engulfed with everything around me; that I have elapsed to discover new paths for my journey. Everything looks so fake, unreal and insane. I miss those real conversations, those real relations and those real feelings.  I miss that touch! I miss that heart-to-heart tête-à-tête. Everyone is immersed in chasing the mad pursuit; no one has ‘real time’ to have real discussions. I want to break free! I want to smile even when no one is looking at me. I want to dance even if there is no music. I want to travel even when there is no defined destination. I want to enjoy ‘real’ life. I want to move away from this camouflaged race.

 

My realisations have started exploring my journey, I am eager to learn more, discover more and live more.

I Wander Why!

I am somewhere these days! My interest in this synthetic world is fleeing in void.  My inclination floats every second and my restless mind is always in search for something. I do try to focus in the present moment but my thoughts flutter from every corner to an unreachable extent. I am definitely not in this world, not even in my world. I am living somewhere. My psyche travels to different spheres aiming to experience realms of imaginary contentment. And I don’t know why?

Lost in the humdrum of activities, I wonder where my undefined explorations are leading me to. What am I looking for? Am I waiting for that flower to blossom or I just want to stay fine by enjoying the smell of fresh grass? Do I want rains or do I want to glow in the sunshine? Do I want to work myself to be attractive or whip myself in solitude?  Do I want to dance in high spirits or hide my insecurities from the maddening crowd?  What is it? What do I want? What to do? I am still figuring it out.
Nothing excites me, I am in the hunt of something new, unexplored and raw. I feel to reach those horizons where there is relatively unrefined emotions. That world, where you are far from judgments, inhibitions and apprehensions. Actually, for past many days, I feel that world is just over occupied, overwhelmed and over enthusiastic with the artificial environment. Everything looks camouflaged and is rumbled up in fabricated territory. My mind is scouting something which is natural, untouched but not less than ordinary. Something original, earthy and real.
My explorations have started and in the course of my journey, I am eager solve those blocks which are disturbing my views to know my own conflicts, ideas and unknown visions…
The Odyssey is on… I am waiting to tour those routes… And waiting to pen those roads…

Eco Tools The Lovely Looks Five Piece Brush Set

I am back here with another review.

 

Today I will be reviewing Eco Tools The Lovely Looks Five Piece Brush Set – a perfect set for all makeup brushes. Be it highlights, concealing, eye shadows, blushes or bronzing, we need good brushes to finish our look. Choose any shade, stroke or any occasion, our makeup kits are never complete without cosmetics and its brushes. Whichever product I purchase, I silently look for an option to take it along wherever I travel. And here it is, this cute, little and petite brushes are off to go with me any time. Read on to find more.

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Well, I haven’t purchased make up brushes earlier apart from a powder brush and so I have chosen this as It looks good for beginners. There were so many options in my local drugstore that it made me confused and I returned without purchasing any. The next day, I visited again and I happen to spot the Eco Tools brush collection and I really liked this one. Among all, this brand provided the best bunch of makeup brushes in one slot. Since Eco Tools are quite known for its quality, I was instantly attracted and I readily purchased.

 

The brushes are made with soft cruelty-free bristles beautifully embellished with stunning blue hues bamboo handles. The brush set comprises of 5 makeup brushes –

  • Powder Brush
  • Angled Brush
  • Foundation Brush
  • Eye Shadow Brush (Easily be used as a concealer brush)
  • Flat Eyeliner

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Wrapping –

 

The brushes are neatly packed in a mustard yellow box which is made of EVA material. It basically opens like a book revealing fixed and fit makeup brushes. The backside of the set gives a breakdown of each brush with detailed description. The adjacent side of the brushes provides a quick guideline about day and night makeup.

 

Price – £11.99

 

So, how are these –

 

This is a splendid chic set of makeup brushes and makes it easy to settle in my makeup bag!  These brushes are very soft, dense and very useful. Though they are small in size, they are ideal to apply makeup; however, for many of you, the larger three of the five brushes (powder, foundation and concealer) may not be fine as they are not the ideal size for their intended purposes. But, my tiny hands didn’t complain at all. These brushes will work together to perfect the final look with cream, liquid or powder makeup.

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For the better health and hygiene of the brushes, it’s better to wash them once in a week (if you use them daily); simply run the bristles under warm running water and wash with a gentle shampoo or a conditioner avoiding ferrules and handles. Use a cloth to absorb excess water and let it dry.

 

Here is the quick analysis of all the brushes –

 

Foundation Brush –

The bristles are pointed-tip for precise coverage for the use of foundation. I use this for highlighting purposes and since I don’t use foundation, I use this brush for applying BB or CC cream, and it certainly works well;

Eye shadow Brush –

The tiny tapered bristles of eye shadow brush are sleek and perfect to apply and blend eye shadows. Now, the good part is this can be conveniently used as a concealer brush which is rightly useful for liquid concealer.

Flat Eyeliner Brush –

Now, this has to be used only when applying thick eyeliner. It will definitely work well when opting for dramatic eye makeup.

Angled brush –

Whoa! This is my favourite part. The angled brush is equipped with duo-fibre and is perfect to sweep the blush as well as to contour. It is so convenient to use; its hassle free, easy and quick! A couple of strokes and you are done!

Powder Brush –

I usually prefer bigger brush for face powder but it’s alright as the quality is excellent and extremely soft to the skin. This brush is designed to give a smooth finish by simply buffing ones face in a circular motion. I have used this for blending my bronzing too, which gave a fine finish.

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This is my first brush set and I am delighted with its finest results. Overall, the product is artistically very pleasing. This set is definitely recommended for beginners and is of great value for money.

 

So overall, good value for money! These brushes work together to give a perfect look for the shutter bugs suiting mineral, liquid and powder makeup.

 

NYC 5 in 1 Instant Matte BB Cream Review

I love BB creams or should I say BB creams are a big rescue as I am not that fond of foundations! Well, I really like a light and thin coverage over my face providing a simple and natural look. Since the outset of BB creams, I am glued to them totally! Foundations can wait for parties but BB creams are here to stay for a regular routine. I have used Maybelline and Rimmel in the past and when I saw NYC in Superdrug store, I really wanted to try out.

Pic 1 (1)NYC (New York Colour) offers almost all trendy products at all reasonable prices. Initially, I was confused with this brand thinking that it’s from NYX. But no, this is completely a different brand from New York. Out of curiosity I thought of purchasing a couple of new products as there are all fairly priced.

I am a medium tone with oily skin and I prefer BB creams for my office days. I tried NYC 5 in 1 BB Crème from a tester and the medium shade well matched my skin tone. This BB crème comes in two shades – Light and Medium and here is the review of the medium shade.

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Details of the product –

This 5-in-1 product gives you flawless finish; Erase skin imperfections and make your skin look real for up to 14 hours. NYC wants you to look and feel more beautiful. NYC knows that you feel more confident when you look your best. NYC understands you need beauty products that work with your busy lifestyle. NYC respects you and the choices you make in life and in beauty.

Price – £3.99 for 30 ml

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Usage –

Start by squeezing a small amount of BB Crème on the back of your hand. Apply a few dots to the forehead, nose, two cheeks, and chin. Using your index and middle finger, gently pat the cream into your skin. (Though I like to use with a sponge)

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My experience –

I purchased this BB crème just for a single reason that it is a matte BB cream, which is ideal for my oily skin. This BB crème comes in a light brown chocolaty shade completely suiting my skin tone and has a very nice light consistency. I applied this crème after a moisturiser and it instantly absorbed into my skin.  I usually apply with a sponge and it properly evens my skin tone in a jiffy.

The advantage of this BB crème is its fine thin texture. It is quite light and you need not rub it hard to get immersed in to the skin. I personally liked its anti-shine property as it prevents my skin to appear oily and ultimately brightens the skin tone. Thankfully I don’t have any blemishes but as it’s oily skin, I need to take care of my skin against appearance of my pores.

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But here is the catch! This does decrease the appearance of my pores but after a few hours, I noticed that this crème unmasked my pores, which looks unpleasant! Though it softens the skin tone, provides a nice, plain and neat coverage, it doesn’t hold for more than 5-6 hours. I need to be quite careful in the evening and a touch up during tea break becomes a routine for me. It doesn’t completely reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.

All said and done, this is an average BB crème available in the market at quite reasonable price. I bought it from Superdrug a few months ago, and now the store has discontinued its stall. The product is easily available online however I would rather prefer Maybelline, Loreal than this one L

 

 

Nivea Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream

So, as I mentioned in the last post that how much I love make-up, I thought why not start writing my experiences with the products I generally use. I love indulging into cosmetics, bath and both products, fragrances…basically everything! Well, which girl doesn’t like that? They are simply the best and the quickest solution to bring out a lovely smile in you! And with the advent of plethora of brands in this industry, a make-up junkie would love to binge on them and experiment their products. (Yes, I am talking about me :-)) Oh, the feeling of trying different shades, fragrances and textures is so appealing! I love it! Oh, its so wonderful!

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Yes, there are so many new brands available to us, but to start with, I am here with the most popular, common and available brand – Nivea. Be it a body lotion, moisturiser, cleaning wipes or anything, I like Nivea products. I have always loved this brand for its gentleness to the skin. This time I have purchased a moisturising cream and as usual I am not disappointed at all. I have an oily skin and I usually see products which are formulated for combination skin. I have purchased a few creams in Normal / Combination range which were quiet effective but this time I bought Nivea Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream which is made especially for oily / combination skin. Nivea has introduced many good products under its umbrella ‘Daily Essentials’ – Primer, scrubs, BB Cream, Tinted moisturiser, cleansing milk and many others and I really like all the products.

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It is suitable for sensitive skin; it is dermatologically approved and works for the skin to stay moisturised, hydrated and nourished. The cream comes in a 50 ml tube and it has an extremely soft and light consistency.

 Price – £3.99 for 50 ml

So, how is it on the skin? I have been using this cream for past 2 months and I am extremely satisfied by its results. It keeps the skin super hydrated, soft and smooth. The first thing which I always compliment about Nivea is the fragrance, and obviously it stands true for this cream as well. It is little overwhelming and lingers for quite some time. And what’s more, just a tiny amount is required to absorb deeply into the skin and leaves your face supple, clean and moisturised.

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This cream gives a lovely matte finish (which usually oily skin folks want). This is not sticky, heavy or thick to the skin and leaves no residue or extra shine. This gives a nice surface before applying makeup. The light formulation hydrates the skin without clogging pores. It helps to gives good amount of freshness to enrich skin giving a naturally healthy glow and the mild formula of aloe vera and argan oil provides wonderful skin caring properties.

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The slight downside is it remains fine for long hours but then the skin turns so oily! It’s little greasy and obviously it develops a thin oily surface over the skin. So, I usually mixed this cream along with BB cream and it turned out to be fine all day. Oh, yes it also works well if you apply this cream after primer.

 

Overall, this is the perfect cream for all oily skin beauties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A blank page, a few random thoughts and a break!

So I am here after many months. It’s been a long time that I have not written anything. Err! Actually it’s been a long time that I have not posted anything! There have been several episodes with my solitude when I jotted and scribbled my thoughts, my days and my life. But, nothing has taken any form, been filtered or was framed to be read! Reason? Though, writing is one of my biggest interests, today I am left with a blank page, an empty mind with slow flashes of a few random thoughts and that are it!

Somewhere, sometime or someday, I think this would have happened to you as well. Isn’t it! You dwell in your thoughts, you do or you don’t have a plan and you really want to take one step further, but you don’t know where to start or perhaps how to proceed. It could be as simple as reviving your daily mundane or a compound issue like balancing your work life balance. Basically, your mind gets jaded, or cluttered or dimmed. Suddenly, you are stuck somewhere and don’t feel any association between you and nature. Then, what do you do?

The best thing which usually works is taking a break and engaging your moods in relaxing activities. No, I am not referring to any expensive spa treat, social activities or a holiday, but simple, subtle and short breaks which add a little zing or spunk in your routine life. Talking about that, I thought of jotting down the list of trouble-free activities which gives my myriad pleasure, relaxation and calmness –

  1. Writing – Yes, this post started with writing issues and I am here again. But, believe me, like all of you writing is the best thing for me to unwind! It is a wonderful feeling to express yourself, be comfortable and just BE YOU! Oh, that is so relieving and soothing to my senses. Be it a hobby, an interest or fondness, it’s so elevating to indulge in writing at any point.
  2. Music – I am sure that this is the most common recreational activity for anyone. Many refer music to just ‘pass time’ or hobby or liking, however music works the best. Whenever my decision making process slows down, I take a short break, listen to good music, loosen up a little and hit back. It could as sweet as humming to 1970s slow songs or swaying to the latest disco hits. By the way, for me singing and dancing also comes with the package!
  3. Movies – A tired routine, a tough task or a boring day; what could be a simple way to chill out than watching movies? I love the fact that cinema has a marvellous capacity to transfer you to a different unknown world in a jiffy. It makes you travel through different emotions, humours and realms of life. I am a big fan of movies not just because it provides entertainment, but it allows you to take a back seat, slow down and enjoy the moments. Again ‘by the way’, Bollywood works for me! Beyond all that drama, frills and fancies, and ‘naach-gaana’, I enjoy this little joy in my life.
  4. Foooood – Yes, I love food! Hmm, a few from the lot would have started imagining me a heavy bod munching chips and chocolates while writing this piece. Nah! I am a budding gourmand and I love to experiment with different varieties from different cuisines. Food is a wonderful outlet to beat the stress; either it’s cooking, hunting food recipes or relishing them, I love to indulge in heavenly delicacies. A vegetarian by birth, by choice and by love, I love spending my time savouring varieties of tastes, flavours and smells.
  5. Makeup – Yes, this is the loveliest part of being woman! Lipsticks, Eye shadows, Blushes, Bronzers, Nail Paints… Ooh La La! It’s such a simple thing to pat your tempers into makeup, but it makes a big difference in the routine. An extra stroke of mascara, an added shade of lip gloss or a surplus layer of foundation will add new colours to your schedule. I am sure all the makeup junkies will agree with me.

So, give it a break, clear your mind, loosen yourself, smile and get back!

Anyway, this is my list; would be great to know what works for you?

 

 

Life is a Fusion Buffet…A few seasons and episodes on the platter…

Life always offers a blend of varied piece of everything in assorted portions at different junctions – opportunities and hope, success and failure, situations and issues, laughter and happiness, courage and confidence, dark moments and blues and much more in abundance…

As we walk along our life counter, we get more exposed to different flavours, spices and ensigns on our pathway – we either relish, accept or overlook the spread which sooner or later, directly or indirectly carve our odyssey of our life explorations and craft our map.

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So, basically what our existence crave on? What is it all about? What does our lifespan imply? Basically, it’s a huge melange banquet of various cuisines of experiences sprawled all over. It’s a gigantic assembly of different savours embellishing our world. It’s a big bang fusion.

It’s a special buffet treat served to us at all points with different aroma, textures, tastes and arrangements…

  • at times its available in surplus and we can’t comprehend how to maximise the experience suitably
  • Once in a while it surprises with its simple yet fine cookeries, diverse tools and cutlery or  unknown palate
  • And of course not to forget, many a times it disappoints us with its poor quality tastes

Our journeys be it hot or cold, sweet or sour, raw or cooked, the quality of every expedition and appetite of our hopes and dreams depends on not what it offers but purely what we choose, how much we take and when and where we custom – eat, relish, nibble, overeat, feast or just diet!

Simple! And that is our creation all about… It attempts to bring out and fusion about different facets of our being…. And the best way is to enjoy every piece of serving – learn, appreciate, smile and move on…