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My Indian loot….

Hey everyone,

I hope everyone’s been having an awesome week so far! From what I can see there’s been some really crazy weather news over the last few days. My friends from UK sending me pictures of the snow, rain in Dubai and well, I experienced Bombay getting HOT! I just returned from my trip to India. I seem to be a bit of a nomad these days – while figuring out where my next journey takes me.

You know I’ve noticed that in the last 2.5 years while I was away from blogging,  a lot has changed. There’s mostly vlogging through Instagram and YouTube! However, I still kind of like the whole concept of writing and talking to you guys; I mean that is how we started Divaly isn’t it? I am thinking of maybe interspersing some videos and including recipes and restaurant reviews as well, to keep up with the times ;).

In this post, I thought I’d share some of the new products I picked up on this trip to India. I tried to keep my shopping to the minimum but for anyone who knows me, THAT almost seems impossible. I mean I don’t even really even need to be buying clothes or make up, it could even be like random tea bags and coffee for all I know!

Sooo I’m going to share some of the things I’ve been wanting to checkout whenever I went to India and I’ll do seperate product reviews on some of them in another post.

  1. Nykaa

I believe this is India’s answer to getting all those ‘foreign’ cosmetic products but at good prices and all under one roof! They also have their own product line, so from blushes, highlighters to lipsticks, nail shades and even shower gel! They have a pretty nice range of products with a decent price point too! I’ve been seeing their ads and products all over social media and naturally, but of course, I had to go check it out! Here’s a couple (not all) of the products I picked up.

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Glow Getter – Highlighting & Illuminating Duo in Glitterati 02 & POUTPerfect in You Make Me Blush
Now this is another brand I personally hadn’t heard of until I saw an instagram post of Masaba Gupta’s (an Indian fashion designer) about the rose spray! Face and body mist sprays are great, especially when you have more hot and humid climates, really refreshes and hydrates the skin. I was advised to buy a pack of three different face sprays for a great introductory offer of Rs 625. The fragrances were lavender, mogra and rose! The brand seems to be similar to Forrest Essentials, and I am keen to explore their products more.
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Face and body mist sprays – Rose, Mogra and Lavender
Now what can I say about this brand and it’s products? I absolutely love, love, loooove this brand and all they offer. I am so fascinated by their natural, exotic ingredients and all the fancy concoctions they come out with! I was good this time, I bought only one product, a head massage oil. With all my travelling, bad water and stress, my hair’s taken a little bit of a beating. I’ve been told good this about this, so hopefully it works!
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Ayurvedic herb enriched head massage oil Japapatti
Since most of these products are new for me, I’m going to use and test them for a little while and then do product reviews on each! I hope you have a wonderful week and stay tuned for more!
Love,
Aly
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Holiday Beauty For Every Budget – P2

Yesterday our post focused on the basics, getting our skin glowing, the perfect primer and foundation for that flawless holiday beauty look. In continuation to our previous post, our guest blogger Zarine focuses on the cosmetic aspect, to get the perfect products to use to suit every pocket!

Over to you Zarine :

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I am a bronzer fiend. Since I have a rounder face, I find sculpting the heck out of my non-existent cheekbones, intensely satisfying. Highlighter is my other love and I have to resist the urge not to smear it all over my face (..but fine-milled glitter is just so pretty!). When used subtly, highlighter and shimmer can make your skin look like you are being followed around by a professional lighting crew.

Wallet friendly favourites include Maybelline Master glaze blush sticks ($9.99, Walmart), for a creamy finish; E.L.F. Pressed Mineral Blush and Baked Bronzer ($5.00 each, ELF Cosmetics) and Rimmel London Sun Shimmer Bronzing Wheel ($9.99, Murale), for a sun-kissed glow. Splurge worthy options include Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush($30.00, Sephora), which lasts up to 12 hours and are extremely pigmented, Benefit’s Benetint ($34.00, benefitcosmetics.com) for a subtle wash of rosy colour and my favorite, Too Faced’s The Bronzed and the Beautiful Bronzer Pallette ($39.00, Sephora). For a champagne shimmer, Josie Maran’s Argan Oil Illuminizer ($32.00, Sephora), gives you that lit-from-within look. For a pearly finish, try Benefit’s High Beam ($30.00, Sephora).

TipMix these with your foundation for a J-Lo glow.

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Nothing is hotter this season than a plum lip. Your lips need to be mistletoe-ready, so exfoliate them using the ELF Lip Exfoliator Stick ($2.99, ELF Cosmetics) or Bliss’ Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub ($20.00 Sephora).

Lipsticks like NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red ($5.99, Walmart) and Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Plum Velour ($8.99, Walmart) are sure to keep your wallet happy, while lavish formulas like Diorific Golden Shock Lipstick  ($45.00, Sephora), NARS Greta Audacious Lipstick ($36.00, narscosmetics.com) and MAC’s Lorde Collection lipsticks in Pure Heroine ($26.00, MAC Cosmetics) will make your pout stand out. Add extra dimension with an opaque, non-budge gloss like OCC’s Lip Tar in Stalker ($22.00, Sephora) or add dramatic plump-factor with Soap and Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker lip plumping gloss ($20.00, Sephora).

When you are taking a break from rocking a fierce lip, keep your kissers moisturized by using a tinted balm like Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment ($25.00, Sephora), Maybelline’s Baby Lips ($3.99, drugstore.com) and EOS lip balms ($3.99, Shoppers Drug Mart).

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GLITTER, GLITTER EVERYWHERE! Channel your inner 70’s maven! The Sonia Kashuk Eye shadow Quad Pallet in Showstoppers ($13.99, soniakashuk.com) is a budget-friendly, glittery and portable option. Or change it up with flattering purple shades; try the ELF Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Lavender Love ($4.00, ELF Cosmetics). For amazing colour payoff in a variety of shades and textures try the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette ($61.00, Sephora) and the Stila In the Light palette ($44.00, Sephora). Need an extra charge of glittery goodness? Add a dusting of MAC’s glitter Heirloom Mix ($24.00, MAC Cosmetics) over your eye shadow.  Bam!

Rim your waterline with Rimmel’s Soft Khol Eyeliner ($11.99, Murale.com) or try blogger favorite,  Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes ($19.00, Sephora). Line your upper lash line with Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner ($23.00, Sephora) or try the NYX Curve Eyeliner ($15.00, Ulta)—it’s ergonomic shape makes lining your eyes mistake proof—even if you’ve had a little too much eggnog!

Finally, apply 2 generous coats of mascara; my favorites are Diorshow Extase Mascara ($30.00, Sephora), for a luxe, falsies look and Covergirl Lashblast Fusion ($12.00, Ulta), for a thick, clump free finish.

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So now that you have the holiday beauty lowdown from Zarine. Tell us which products you want to try out or the products you recommend for this holiday season! Happy holiday shopping ladies, our bags are certainly getting fully and wallets lighter! Have fun 🙂

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Holiday Beauty For Every Budget

Divaly’s makeup recommendations for the festive season have been really popular among our readers and friends and so in continuation to perfecting that look this festive season we are really excited to have our second guest-blogger for Divaly – Zarine Mistry.

Zarine Mistry is a senior from high-school in Dubai and is currently based in Canada. She is a makeup fan and enthusiast just like me and being a fellow beauty blogger in the past she wanted to share her own recommendations for a holiday beauty look to suit every budget. A big shout out to Zarine and we really appreciate all the effort and research she did, coz boy getting that perfect look ain’t easy ;-). The ‘holiday on a beauty budget’ will be in two posts because she really went all out to help us create that perfect look, we hope you enjoy!!

Over to you , Zarine :

Tis the season to look FAB-u-lous! But between decorating the tree, channeling your inner Martha with your holiday baking and finding the perfect presents for everyone on your list, you might find your makeup routine is lacking some Christmas cheer.

Fear not, here is a routine to help you look your holiday best! The kicker—these products will work with every budget!

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Whether you opt for the effective, yet gentle St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($3.59, Ulta) or the more luxurious Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Face Brush ($180.00, Sephora), with an oil cleanser like the boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil Gel ($35.00, Sephora), you can be sure these bad boys will slough off that winter dullness, revealing your brightest skin. You will notice your face will feel smoother and your moisturizers will absorb quicker.

A little goes a long way when using the multi-purpose Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ($20.00, Sephora). Opt for the light version if you have oilier skin. For a complete skin transformation you could try the Ole Henricksen Sheer Transformation creme ($45.00, Sephora); the formula melts into your skin as it fades dark spots and nourishes.

Stay bright eyed with Clarins Super Restorative Eye Concentrate ($92.00, Sephora). It’s pigments brighten, while the caffeine de-puffs and the shea butter nourishes the delicate under eye skin. For a quick and cheap fix, place warm (not hot!) chamomile tea bags over your eyes for about 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.

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You could get away with not priming your skin in the melty summer months, but in the winter, it’s imperative you don’t skip this step. With hundreds of different formulas to choose from, you are sure to find one that’s right for your skin type. Budget friendly options include Revlon Photoready Color Perfecting Primer ($14.00, Walmart.ca), which colour corrects uneven colour and redness while smoothing out the skin. L’oreal Magic Perfecting Base ($12.00, Ulta), gives you a silky matte finish that lasts all day.

Pricier options include, Stila One Step Correct ($42.00 Murale.com). This all-in-one super-serum colour corrects, brightens and primes, in one, simple, no-fuss step. It also offers a healthy dose of anti-aging goodness, which doesn’t hurt! If your skin is on the oilier side try the Smashbox Photofinish Primer: Blemish Control ($50.00, Sephora), which contains Salicylic Acid that fights spots while you prime. For your eyes, MAC Paintpots ($21.00, M.A.C.) come in a number of colours, my favourite is Painterly, which brightens the eye for a no-makeup makeup look. For the festive season, Urban Decay Primer Potion ($23.00, Sephora) in Sin, adds a fun champagne coloured shimmer to the lids. These can be worn alone or under shadow.

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If I was trapped on a desert island in Santa’s Sleigh (see what I did there? Festive change-a-roo) and could have just three things, foundation would be on the top of my list (beauty first, right?). My favorite drugstore brands include the dewy Revlon Colourstay Makeup for Oily/ Combination Skin ($12.99, Shoppers Drug Mart) and Rimmel Stay Matte BB Cream ($10.99, Shoppers Drug Mart) for a shine-free finish. For a more done-up look, I like using MAC Studio Sculpt foundation ($38.50, MAC Cosmetics). This one is a thick, full coverage foundation which I reserve for special occasions. Make Up Forever’s Invisible Cover Foundation ($48.00 Sephora) is an oil-free cult-favourite, which is formulated to withstand harsh lighting and those awkward Christmas photos.

Conceal those skin grinches, a.k.a blemishes and dark circles, with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($33.00, Sephora) or the super luxurious YSL Touche Eclat- Radiant Touch concealer (46.00, Sephora).Surprisingly, my personal favorite is the budget-friendly Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment ($8.99, Ulta), in the shade Brightener.

Tip- If you don’t feel like using your fingers, try a dense, flat-top brush, like the ELF Flat Top Powder Brush ($3.00, ELF cosmetics) to buff everything out or, splurge on the beautyblender ($20.00, Sephora) for an airbrushed finish.

Stay tuned for part 2 from Zarine! As always happy shopping ladies 🙂

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Let’s get ready for that “pout” !!

We’re all set for the festive season, we’ve started ticking off those items from our Christmas and New Year shopping lists. In the final post to our must have makeup buys this festive season, we cover lipstick shades, shades that can be paired with Divaly’s recommendations for eyeshadows and blushes. To be honest, choosing the lipstick shades were the hardest, only 3 shades from all the different reds, pinks, browns, nudes, maroons, corals, plums, etc.etc. But staying true to our theme I have narrowed down to those 3 shades that will give you that extra pop of colour you need for that pretty pout and the endless selfies that one needs to take for the festive season ;-)…

For this post, I have chosen :

1. Brooklyn by Buxom – This is a beautiful mauve matte shade. Boy what can I tell you about this lipstick, I happened to come across this while visiting family in Canada at one of the Sephora outlets and it has been my favourite ever since. Buxom may not be familiar to many people, at least it wasn’t to me and I’m so glad I came across this brand. This can be used as a lip liner, as a lipstick –  it has a creamy velvet-matte texture and it also subtly plumps up your lips. You can actually feel the slight tingling, cooling sensation. Even though this lipstick is on the darker side, it can literally be worn with any outfit. You could even use it as a base and add mix another shade or just add a little gloss and you are good to go.
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2. Lustering by M.A.C – This is a lovely watermelon pink in a lustre finish. This is a pretty lightweight lipstick and and gives a nice glossy finish. This is also great to mix with other shades but if you don’t want to go too dark and want a slight pop of colour this is a really neat shade. If you dab on a little, it would almost look like a gloss!
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3. Red wine by Korres – For all those who love their red shades of lipstick, this is a winner and an absolute must have in your makeup bag. This is a great colour for those who normally aren’t sure what red to start out with. It has great staying power and can be intensified depending on how much you apply. Introduced to me by my best friend Divya, I can never forget how obsessed we were with this colour!!
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We hope you are all set for this upcoming festive season and as always happy shopping :-)!!

It’s an ‘eye-catching’ affair!!

Diwali is over but the family get togethers are still on, the weather is changing and it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. In continuation to our must have makeup buys this festive season, in this post we cover eyeshadows, the must have shades that will go with every look and is perfect to mix and match.

During the festive season most of our outfits have strong bold colours or are with heavy design, etc. and our make-up need not be as heavy. For this post I have chosen 3 shades that can go with any outfit :

1. Alhambra by Nars
This is a duo pack eyeshadow which I absolutely adore. This duo has a metallic rose mist and a golden champagne shade. Both soft colours, that can be used on its own or together. One for highlighting or blended in. For a greater intensity and slightly darker, use with a wet brush to give more of an effect.
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2. Amber Lights by M.A.C
This is a rich, gold-shimmered coppery brown with a soft frosted finish. It looks beautiful when you want to go a little dramatic and have your eye make up stand out. I would recommend even trying it with a deep blue/sapphire eye-pencil or a dark chocolate brown instead of regular black kohl. I wouldn’t use too much of this product as it is pretty dark with one application itself!
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3. Groundwork (Paint pot) by M.A.C
This is an absolute must have in everyone’s make up kit. I cannot recommend this product enough. It’s a beautiful, creamy eye shadow that can be used on it’s own, as an eye primer if you want to go for a smokey eye and can hold as a base for your powdered eye shadow and stays even longer.
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Some other products to look out for are Sumptuous Olive and Goldmine by M.A.C and shades similar to these limited edition eye shadows such as Smoke & Diamonds, Grand Entrance and Superwatt also by M.A.C
Happy Shopping everyone!! Tell us some of the products you use and we can check those out too :-)!

The final touches to the celebration !!

You need the perfect makeup to sparkle this festive season. Divaly’s recommendations will be great to use all year round but are especially good for the festive season, with Diwali coming up, Christmas, New Years and ofcourse not to forget the wedding season.

Here’s our top 3 picks for the perfect blush, lipstick and eye-shadow which complement each other for the perfect look, we will have the posts divided into 3 :

Blush 

During a festive season, most of us go heavy with our make up and we put on something slightly darker and with shimmer to give it a grander look. Depending on how much you choose to put, you must have or have similar shades :

1. Gleeful, Mineralize Blush by M.A.C – This is a deep berry shade, almost wine-ish with shimmer. You need very little of this, else you may look like a clown. This will go with almost all shades of your sari, lehenga, salwaar. It stays on for a very long time and gives a pearl like shimmer.
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2. Peachtwist, Sheertone Shimmer Blush by M.A.C – This is a almost a burnt peach – brownish blush, looks wonderful on tan and darker skin tones. It isn’t an overbearing colour and gives a lovely natural glow yet glamorous look. If using in the day, I would suggest to apply a lighter application. It will look especially lovely against champagne colour tones on your outfit.
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3. Style, Frost Blush by M.A.C – This is a lovely softer coral blush with shimmer. It gives the skin a nice flush to the cheeks and can be worn especially if  you do not want to wear something too dark or prominent.
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Well these are our top 3, but another good blush/bronzer/highlighter however you choose to use it is Gold Deposit, Mineralize Skinfinish by M.A.C – this is mainly a highlighter but its a great add to keep if you want that extra shimmer underneath your blush, you could even use it on its own if you don’t want too much and just a light subtle glow to your cheeks.
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Stay tuned for the top 3 lipsticks and eyeshadows in our next post! Happy Shopping 🙂

BIRTHDAY PRESENT TIME!!!

It’s been exactly a month since we launched Divaly. A BIG HAPPY 1 month birthday to us! A very heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for you love and support.
Since it’s our birthday, we thought why not share something with you – Our very first Giveaway!!
We have 2 Too Faced – 5 Star Favorites sets up for grabs all the way from NYC. The set contains Deluxe Perfect Eyes Eyeliner, Shadow Insurance Primer and Better than Sex Mascara.
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Too Faced – 5 star favorites
If you want to be in with a chance to win one, here’s what you need to do:
1. Like the Divaly Facebook Page
2. Follow Divaly on Twitter @therealdivaly or Instagram @therealdivaly
3. Nominate one friend (or more) on the Facebook page to like us and follow us.
4. Leave a comment on our FB post once you have finished the above  and tag the name of your nominated friend(s).
The giveaway closes on October 20, 2014 and is open to everyone.
We will randomly choose a winner for the giveaway.
Happy liking to you all :-)!!

My Big Airbrushing Secret

Ever wondered how you were going to make it into work after a late night out? While a strong steaming cup of coffee sorts out the head, it takes some hard graft to fix our face – especially those dark rings around our eyes.
 
Hours of staring at a computer screen and lack of sleep wreck havoc on your body and it is most evident under your eyes. It’s almost like tree rings – except here you can count the number of hours of sleep lost!
 
After searching for hours on an end (ironically on my laptop), I came across Laura Mercier’s Secret Under Eye Brightening Powder. After reading the reviews online, I dismissed it as too small and too expensive. I trialled a bunch of other things from Vitamin C serums and under eye creams to the best concealers – nothing really seemed to work. I finally caved in and bought myself a pot of this so called ‘miracle worker’.
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I opened the tiny little pot and used it on my face – without any concealer. As I moved the brush away from my face, it was as though my dark circles had been airbrushed away! My under eyes were instantly brighter and my eyes looked less tired. 
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This product is so finely milled that it works on pretty much all skin tones. It is perfect to use on it’s own and can also be used to set your concealer. Not only does it prevent the concealer from setting into fine lines, but also prevents the under eye area from looking too oily. A little bit goes a very long way and the pot looks like it will last forever. I have been using it for the past 4 months and I have hardly made a dent!
 
For me it is a must have – the one product I wouldn’t dream of travelling without. What’s yours? Sound off below.

The WWF look..

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought you looked like a little panda, with those eyes? I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about – the smudged and smeared eye – liner? Oh gosh! Terrible!!!!

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Most of us girls have gone through this, either at a party, club or if you live in extremely humid climate like I do!! This pretty much spells out disaster because eye-liner is a staple in everyone’s beauty bag.

I have tried many pencils, some I find too hard which hurt your eyes, especially if you have sensitive eyes like mine. Some are perfect and soft and give a great colour but just don’t stay on your eyes.

After trying and using many pencils, liners and gel. Here are my top 3 favourites:

a. Eye pencil – Colossal Kajal by Maybelline is one of my absolute favourites! It has a great black colour with long staying power and doesn’t smudge. It has a nice round tip which does not hurt your eyes. It can be used on both the tightlines and waterlines of the eye. Super reasonable as well!

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b. Eye gel – Bobbi Brown eye gel, is a great alternative to an eye liner. Has wonderful staying power and gives a good finish. Since you use a brush for application, it may require a little practice initially. There are many brands which now have the gel, the only other brand I have used is the one from L’oreal. This is a great product too because it is safe to use in your waterline. 

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c. Pen eye liner – Pen Ultimate Eye liner by M.A.C is another alternative to using liquid eyeliner. It is easier to manage since it is a pen style liner. Gives a nice slightly glossy look and is much easier to use. I have also tried the pen liner by Revlon but I still prefer the M.A.C it has a better felt tip.

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So these are my favourite picks. What about you? Let us know what products you use. Have a wonderful week ahead ladies, before signing out remember, we don’t wanna look like below haha

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