BEAUTY

     every year as summer approaches, i start to love everything rose gold again, especially anything beauty related. sun kissed skin and rose gold makeup is the most beautiful combination. my go-to makeup look this summer will be mostly rose gold with a hint of pink, with some new and old product faves. i’ve listed what i’m using below to get this bronzy pink look.

on my eyes:

i’m wearing this new tom ford eyeshadow duo in color paradiso. it’s literally amazing. i had bought it in naked bronze in january and loved the cream to powder formula so much that i bought it in paradiso. i’m obsessed with it. it’s so pretty and the perfect pink with a hint of metallic which ends up being a rosey gold. it’s a cream base that is gorgeous on it’s own but then you can add a metallic powder on top for a dramatic look. this eyeshadow is on the pricier side, BUT it’s totally worth it and i think i’ll get it in the color sun worship next. also, tom ford packaging is just beautiful as per usual which is always an added bonus

on my cheeks: 

i use the loreal true match lumi liquid illuminator in color rose on the tops of my cheeks. it’s a true rose gold color and the formula is a sheer shimmer as opposed to some which have flaky sparkles which is a big no no. i highly recommend it for all skin types.

on my lips:

ysl rouge volupte lipstick in lingerie pink paired with the ysl gloss volupte in nude carat. this is an amazing combo. i love them both on their own or with other products as well, but paired together leaves you with a golden nude-pink gloss. the lipstick is matte which gives you the pink color but the gloss gives your lips some depth and tones down the very pink color into a more nude gold which is perfect for this look. sometimes in the summer, i’ll just wear the gloss which is equally beautiful on it’s own.

my perfume:

the tom ford orchid soleil perfume screams summer. first, let’s talk about the bottle. it’s beautiful. it’s what sold me before i even smelled it. maybe i could sense that it would smell like balmy beach nights. it’s a warm, peppery scent with notes of  tuberose. it’s very original so if you want something different, definitely pick it up for summer.

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1 | bobbi brown eyeshadow stick in pink sparkle

i have been wearing this EVERY day since i got it in feb. it’s the prettiest pink eyeshadow and would work on so many skin tones. i have tried SO many pink lid colors and this is by far the best. and, it’s so easy to apply so it’s perfect for anyone on the run or who doesn’t have eyeshadow brushes because the best way to apply is to just apply directly from the stick and then rub it in with your finger. it’s so pretty for spring and summer.

2 | bcbg heel sandals

i loved these sandals all of last month and i think they will be a fave this month too. the color is is a light mauvy pink which goes with all of the colors that i’m loving at the moment. also, they are under $60 so you don’t have to worry about being too careful with them, which is ideal for me, living in mumbai which is definitely not always the cleanest. oh, and i love the bow on the back. who doesn’t love a cute bonus bow?

3 | redken blonde idol

guys, this stuff is amazing. it literally transforms your hair, especially if you are in the sun. it gives blonde hair the perfect ashy tone that diminishes when you are in the sun. think pretty cool tone instead of orange brassy hair. i’ve been searching for something that works because i’ve never had success with a purple shampoo and i’ve tried so many. i will say the packaging is pretty horrific but i will still keep buying it because i LOVE it so much.

4 | frayed skinny blush pants

i bought these at the end of jan when i was home and wore them all of last month. they are really neutral toned pink so they aren’t that in-your-face colored denim. they seem to go with almost everything i put on so it makes it super easy. i never shop here but randomly walked in and loved these. just a tip- size down, bc they run big.

5 | louis vuitton josephine wallet

i finally broke down and bought a new wallet. i started interning at kate spade in college and then working there when i graduated so i haven’t needed to buy a wallet in almost 10 years. scary. my last one was finally done and ready to be tossed so i picked this up and i have to say i’m loving the damier azur print. since i live in a warm client, anything light and bright just works year round.

6 | prada bear keychain and prada robot keychain

i love anything cute and these seriously spell the word cute. i fell in love with them when i was shopping in dubai last summer but held off until i saw them again in montreal. my mom is amazing and always gets me the best treats so i wasn’t surprised when she got it for me, BUT i was surprised about how much i love it. i was worried it would end up in a drawer and not really be used but it’s so practical since it’s a keychain so i just hang it on the inside or outside of my bag and can always find my keys so easily. i’m just obsessed with them! i linked a few less expensive versions here. 1 | 2

7 | revlon lipgloss in pink diamond

i have so many lip products that i can’t even keep up. it’s hard to remember what you even have at some point. i randomly started using this again one day and remembered how much i love it. it’s very unique because it’s a pretty pink with a cool metallic sheen to it and can be quite transparent or very buildable, doubling as a lipstick. i tend to just wear it on it’s own and apply a generous amount and it ends up looking like a lip and lipgloss. i can’t recommend the color enough though so if you are looking for a pink lipgloss, definitely give this a go.

 

one of the many things that i love about perfume are the memories they bring. i have a few fragrances that i can’t even wear because they remind me too much of different times in my life (ie. gucci rush in high school and i. just. can’t.) and i really love that each year when the season changes, i wear the same 1-2 fragrances that i wore at the same time the previous year, while adding 1 or 2 new ones as well. it’s no surprise that i’m addicted to perfume so i wanted to share this year favorites for spring. i like to keep them light and flowery before i start wearing heavier scents in the summer. i always think spring fragrances should be the lightest of the year.

marc jacobs daisy

i’ve been wearing this every spring, into summer for the past 3 years. it’s one of my all time favorites. byredo came out with mohave ghost which smells almost exact but it’s just a tad bit lighter so if you want something a bit heavier but still perfect for spring, try this. it smells like gardenia mixed with strawberry, with woody and jasmine bottom notes. if you love gardenia, you need this! buy it here

jo malone peony & blush suede

we all know the hype around this fragrance so i debated not including it, but i just couldn’t. it smells exactly like it says, peony with a musky suede undertone. it’s just a beautiful scent that you can’t live without, especially because i wear mine layered with other scents throughout the year. it’s a staple i would highly recommend, especially if you like a light peony scent, which, who doesn’t? buy it here!

davidoff cool water sea rose

this is my newest perfume which a dear friend gave me and i find it so easy to wear. it’s the lightest of all 4 of the perfumes and i can just spritz it on no matter where i’m going and not have to worry if it’s too strong. it’s smells like sea with a rose bottom note. anything with a rose is always a win for me. buy it here.

jo malone english pear & freesia

my sister gave this perfume the last time i was home. to be honest, i wasn’t in love with it at first but now i’m obsessed. it’s very unique with the pear and freesia combo and the freesia brings back memories of when i was in middle school and i wore bath and body works freesia body mist. i would definitely get this if you want something new that smells different than most fragrances out right now. i’m actually glad i gave it a try because i hadn’t fallen in love with any new jo malone perfume since my beloved wood sage and sea salt which i could literally eat, so i’m glad to have more jo malone in my life again. buy it here.

there is nothing that reminds me more of vacation than palm trees. i was in goa, india this past weekend and wore this pretty blue maxi dress so i thought id share it since i know so many of you will be going away for spring break soon! i wore it all day and it was super comfy over a bikini. i went to lunch at the cutest cafe (which i highly recommend if you are ever visiting) and then spent the whole day at the beach. there is no better feeling for me than tanned skin and salt water in my hair. this palm print dress which i doubled as a coverup was one of my favorite things i wore while i was there. palm prints are so playful and right on trend for summer- oh and i LOVE the back, especially with a cute bikini in a bright color underneath. i linked mine and a few other super cute options below!

my dress

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lipgloss | chanel #15 sensible. i wore this all weekend. it’s the perfect shade of coral and has a great color payoff.


with spring and summer around the corner, i thought it would be the perfect time to write a review on the st. tropez self tan luxe face oil. i have been using it for over 6 months so i thought i would finally give a thorough review. i’ve been using self tanner since high school and have tried every single brand out there from the u.s., u.k. and dubai. last summer i bought the st. tropez self tan luxe face oil while i was in the u.s., when i randomly saw it at sephora. i had tried other st. tropez products and didn’t love them but when i saw this i thought i would give the brand one more go.

the stats:

brand: st. tropez

price: $35 for 1 oz

st. tropez markets it as is “a lightweight self-tan oil formulated for the face.

i couldn’t agree more! at least based on the results that i got from using the product. it comes in a pretty glass bottle with an eyedropper for application. the color is a medium bronze in the bottle.

how i apply it:

i apply a generous amount, about 4 full droppers on my face and then another 4 on my neck and chest (this might be a little aggressive but hey, im obsessed with a good tan!) it takes 4-6 hours for it to start tanning your skin. i usually just apply it at night. there is scent but it isn’t extremely noticeable like every other self tanner in the market, so it’s a huge bonus for me since i hate that smell. i’ve been using it every 2-3 days and one bottle lasted for over 5 months. the formula is a fast drying oil. i don’t find it to be moisturizing even though it’s an oil. it dries to a matte finish after about 10 minutes.

the verdict:

i love this self tanner and would highly recommend it. it gives me a 1-2 shades darker tone on my skin whether i have a natural tan from the sun or whether i am at my normal pale shade. i’ve used it in india in the hottest and most humid months and also in the winter months in new york, and it works great in both types of weather.  i seriously love this product and couldn’t live without it. when i was traveling back to the u.s. in december, it broke in my luggage and i literally bought a new one the next day because i NEEDED it.

the cons:

the application could be easier. i don’t think the eyedropper is the easiest as it runs between your fingers when you drop it out.

overall, this is by far my FAVORITE self tanner. it doesn’t leave the typical orange shade and doesn’t have a bad smell which most self tanners are famous for. it gives a glowy, bronze tone and has a slight earthy smell that goes unnoticed once dried. the texture being a dry oil is also unlike other typical tanners which all have a sticky finish. if you haven’t tried it, make sure and pick it up soon and thank me later.

i love the seasons of the north country and the fashion variety they provide. i often miss this aspect of fashion living in india. but when i visit home in the adirondacks and canada during winter, i sometimes feel like i don’t dress sporty or mountain-y enough. one of the first days that i was home, my sister and i were shopping and she convinced me to buy this vest and i’ve been LOVING it. it’s a beautiful metallic silver color that looks amazing outside against the snow. it’s perfect for warmer days under a sweater and even better for colder days under a jacket. when i’m shopping or inside a restaurant i also still stay warm once i take my coat off (this is a real struggle if you live in a cold weather climate), and let’s be honest all i do is shop and go out with family and friends when i’m visiting so it solves that dilemma. my favorite part is that it’s sporty enough so i fit in with everyone else, but also chic because of the color and slim fitting style. this vest and my burberry down jacket have definitely been my two staples this winter and i’ve enjoyed a change from my usual warm weather wardrobe. shop the look below!

jacket | burberry

vest | mountain hardwear 

black riding leggings 

boots | similar here

bag | louis vuitton neverfull

bangle | david yurman bracelet

eyeshadow | tom ford eyeshadow duo in bronze which is AMAZING but there is a similar revlon shadow in caramel that i also tested which is a close match and $50 cheaper.

 

 

 

1. LUSH BATH BALM $6.75

the lush bath balms are my favorite bath products. i love them all, but especially this rose scented one that explodes with rose petals. who doesn’t love a bath? they range from $6-13 so its a perfect stocking stuffer..

2. AERIN PERFUME SAMPLER $20

i fell in love with the new aerin perfumes when i was in the u.s. this summer. the tangier vanille is such a yummy smooth amber and rose scent. this sampler includes 4 different scents that she can try before purchasing a large bottle. i ordered these for a few girlfriends and i think they will love them.

3. DIOR LIP BALM $30

this is literally the best lip balm ever. i use it every night, faithfully. it just feels so velvety and smells amazing. it’s a little container of luxury for your lips. my lips feel so fresh and soft every morning when i wake up. it’s also perfect for any girl who doesn’t wear lipstick but wants something natural to wear that provides great moisture. i’ve been using it for years and can’t recommend it enough.

4. DAVID YURMAN PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS $350

these earrings are a great splurge for a friend, mom, sister, really anyone. they are such a good price and so timeless. they definitely look way more expensive than they are. i love david yurman and these are such a good way of giving a classic piece of jewelry for a great price.

5. BAREFOOT DREAMS CARDIGAN $92

i bought these for my mom and sister for christmas (all of my surprises are going to be ruined) and i can’t wait for them to feel the fabric. it’s SO soft. it feels like a fluffy cloud.

6. TRISH MCEVOY MASCARA $31.50

this is is the best mascara for anyone. it’s different than any others which is why it’s a great gift even if they already have a favorite mascara. it comes off in tubes so it never smudges and feels so weightless. you just put a little water on your eyes and it comes off so easily. it’s like magic.

7. L’OCCITANE BODY CREAM $50

i love this body cream for the winter. it has an amazing, creamy almond scent that is addicting. it’s a great gift because it looks and feels so luxurious and it’s only $50.

8. BURBERRY LIPSTICK $33

i’m loving the burberry makeup line lately. i recently bought this lipstick and realized the easy-to-apply satin formula is perfect for winter. everyone wants lasting color in the winter but so many lipsticks are drying. this goes on so easily and comes in a great range of colors. plus, the packaging is so pretty.

9. TONY MOLY HAND CREAM $7.95

this is such a good stocking stuffer because it’s under $10. it really is an amazing hand cream, and it’s a panda so you love it just for that reason. the scent is very fresh but doesn’t smell like an actual fragrance. also, my hands literally bleed in the winter from the cold weather and this never burns them like most hand creams. it’s so soothing and creamy. i can’t say enough good things about it.

10. DIPTYQUE CANDLE $70

all of the diptyque candles are amazing but this one is a special holiday edition. it smells like a gingerbread house- a luxe one though! the packaging is so beautiful. i like to put it above the fireplace and it acts as extra christmas decor with the rich, red colored glass.

11. BAREFOOT DREAMS BLANKET $180

i’m clearly obsessed with this  brand. it’s the softest material ever. it’s such a staple in any home for the winter months. any girl would love this. i can’t wait to snuggle under this with my pug, stella, on cold winter days in the u.s. this winter.

 

BEAUTY MUST HAVES

 

1. sunday riley good genes treatment – this is a newer brand to me but when i bought it 6 months ago, i loved it! i use it at night as a treatment and i wake up looking so refreshed. it claims to help with fine lines and wrinkles and though i don’t have that concern yet, it definitely makes my skin look and feel plump. i don’t think you can ever be too young to start an anti-aging treatment. it also just exfoliates during the night so that i wake up with smooth skin.

2. nars laguna bronzer – i feel like all of my american friends wear this so if you wear bronzer, this is no surprise. it gives you an instant glow and tan with a perfect finish of not too matte or sparkly. i’ve been using this since freshman year of college and it’s always my go-to bronzer.

3. donna karen cashmere mist deodorant  – this is definitely probably my #1 beauty product that i can’t live without. it’s a.m.a.z.i.n.g. if you haven’t tried this, you have to. i don’t even know how to describe it but it is life changing. whenever i’m wearing this without any perfume, people ask me what i’m wearing, it’s that good. it’s just the perfect vanilla, powder, fresh scent. i’m obsessed.

4. l’occitane almond cleansing shower oil – this is the only thing i use in the shower for body wash. it’s an oil that turns into body wash as you rub it in, and it’s amazing! it smells like almonds and has a strong lasting power once you get out of the shower.

5. mac angel lipstick – i wrote about this in my top 5 nude lipsticks  recently. it’s the lipstick i’ve worn the longest and it goes with almost any look and works on most skin tones. it’s the perfect nude pink.

6. smith & cult pillow pie  nail polish  – this is my go to nail polish. i keep it in my purse at all times in case i ever need to do my nails. it’s the perfect not too cool, not too warm shade of pink. it goes with everything and the adorable bottle is just a bonus!

7. murad invisiblur pefecting shield sunblock – i haven’t been using this for a super long time, but i can say i couldn’t live without it, unless i find something better. it has spf 30 in it which i definitely have to use since i live in india where the sun is out almost every day. i would highly recommend it regardless of where you live as a skin protectant from uva/uvb rays. it also doubles as a primer which is the reason it completely sold me when i started using it.

8. mac mineralize skin finish in color soft & gentle – this is the best highlighter you can get. the powder form makes it super easy to work with (as opposed to the stick highlighters which need a bit of skill) and has the perfect champagne color. it works on all skin tones and has a great lasting power and color payoff.

9. redken extreme length primer – my sister got me hooked on this hair primer. it truly makes your hair grow SO QUICKLY. as soon as you apply it you can feel your hair turn a silky smooth texture. i use it about twice a week and it is so addicting.

10. marc jacobs daisy perfume – i always tell people this is my signature fragrance. i have so many perfumes but i truly can’t live without this one. i keep a rollerball in my bag and then i have multiple bottles at home. it has a strong gardenia note which is my all time favorite. i truly recommend this for an everyday wear if you like a gardenia scent.

LIPSTICK

i am obsessed with a nude lip. since i am quite fair, and my lips are light anyway, it looks the best on me. i’ve tried SO many nudes over the past 10 years so i thought i would share them with you. these are my top 5 favorites and definitely my most worn. let’s start from left to right on the below swatches!

LIPSTICK

1: tarte tarteist lip paint in color namaste

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i picked this up as i was rushing for the airport in montreal in february, and i have been wearing it almost everyday since. it’s the only liquid lipstick of the 5. unlike some liquid lipsticks, it completely dries and is very long wearing, making it a great formula. it’s easy to apply but you do need a mirror since it dries quickly and does not come off easily. the color is the perfect matte mauve nude with a pink undertone. available in the united stateshere.

2: mac myth

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mac myth is a true nude and probably the hardest of them to wear for most people. it has definitely been my favorite and most worn lipstick for the past 3 years. it’s a very cool shade so it looks best on paler complexions with a neutral or cool skin tone. considering it’s so matte and opaque, it isn’t as long wearing as i would like but it’s such a pretty color if it works on your skin, that it makes up for it.  the formula is very drying so i normally wear nars turkish delight lipgloss (which is my all time fave) over it.  this color is so similar to the tom ford nude vanille (the nude vanille is slightly pinker). i bought it once but it was too similar to justify buying a second time. available in india and the united states.

3: mac angel

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i’ve been wearing this for 8 years and i absolutely love it. it was my go-to lipstick and the only one i wore for about 4 years. it is the pinkest of the 5 shades but still on the nude side. it’s quite light so best for light to medium skin tones. it’s very easy to apply with a semi glossy finish. i love that it doesn’t require lip liner or gloss. it has the right amount of color and moisture. available in india and the united states.

4: dior addict in color incognito

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incognito is the perfect mauvy brown nude. it goes on quite sheer so it’s very easy to put on anywhere. it’s very moisturizing and makes your lips look amazing. it’s the easiest shade to apply out of all of them and is definitely my favorite formula. the only downfall is it doesn’t last for more than an hour or two. it is definitely one of my favorites though. available at sephora india and here in the u.s.

5: rimmel airy fairy

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this is the most versatile shade for almost all skin tones. it is a mauvy-pink nude and it is not too light.  it would work on most complexions for a nude color.a lot of people say it’s a dupe for mac angel (which is originally why i bought it) but it’s definitely not as pink. it’s very easy to apply because of the semi gloss finish. available in india  and the united states.

i absolutely love perfume. i like to change it with the season. in india, there are basically two temperatures, hot and hotter. so when i brought my favorite scents that i had used for years in the united states and they would only last an hour because of the heat, i knew i needed to find new options. i still like to change my perfumes with the seasons as much as i can here, but the 5 i have chosen below are great for all year in india and for the summer months abroad.

philosophy sea of love

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i love this perfume, which was a christmas gift from my sister this past year, because it smells like you are at the beach, without the usual coconut scent that so many summer fragrances have. it is definitely my go-to scent for normal day to day errands. it is very light, crisp, and smells like the perfect combo of salt and sand.

notes: sicilian bergamot, water lily, jasmine, gardenia, peony, cedar, musk, amber

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tom ford fleur de portofino

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this tom ford perfume is the most luxurious scent out of my 5 chosen favorites. it’s a mix of beach, citrus, flowers and honey.  when i wear it, the smell takes me back to when i was in italy with a friend a few years ago. it is such a sophisticated scent, but also very fresh and light so it still works for all ages. i like to wear mine on vacation…am i the only one who has a vacation scent?

notes: sicilian lemon, bigarade leaf absolute, violet leaf absolute orpur, white acacia accord, jasmine grandiforum concrete, acacia honey accord

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jo malone nasturtium and clover

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this jo malone scent smells like you are in a garden. it starts as an earthy and peppery scent and fades into a flowery underlying tone, so you truly feel like you are outside lying in a field. i tried this on at the holt renfrew store in montreal (which is my favorite place to buy anything beauty) and hated it at first. but, after a few hours, i fell in love with this unique fragrance. it is perfect for any outdoor daytime event or brunch.

notes: clover, bergamot,  lemon, nasturcia, jasmine, wild orchid, vetiver, amberwood, white musk.

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unfortunately, this is not available in india yet.

 

hermes jour d’hermes gardenia

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this perfume smells just like the name, gardenia, which if you love it like me, then it is a must have. two floral scents i live for are gardenia and peony.  it is a much more sophisticated gardenia scent than most others out in the market, which is why its a must for me. it’s perfect for any day or night event.

notes: gardenia, tuberose, jasmine, rose

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elizabeth and james nirvana white

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another christmas gift from my sister this year, i fell in love with this scent upon receiving it. it’s definitely the heaviest scent on this list, which is why i only wear it at night in the summer. i love the underlying hint of peony, keeping it appropriate for warm weather.

notes: peony, muguet, tender musk

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unfortunately, this is not available in india yet.