Friday, February 26, 2016

A Scarf Story

One of the things that I really liked about living in places where there is a notable change in the weather conditions throughout the year, is the opportunity to dress up differently according to the season. Winters meant thick jackets and heavy boots, Springs meant it was time to pull out all the light cardigans and shrugs, Summers meant light, flowy fabrics and sandals, autumns meant maxi dresses and pretty scarves. However, originally being from Chennai also meant that I have a limited number of stoles and scarves in my wardrobe, because let’s face it, no one wants to wear a scarf in the heat of Chennai – except perhaps on a few cool days in Dec/Jan.

 I did possess a fair selection of scarves in various colours, materials and sizes, but somehow I hadn’t yet got my hands on a proper square scarf. I wanted a neutral scarf which could be paired with a handful of outfits at the very least and hence started my hunt at Jabong. Bam! It is really easy to get overwhelmed by the load of options that will fill up your computer screen despite all the filters that you might apply! After wading through innumerable choices, almost all of which, were literally calling out to me, I somehow decided that I liked the scarves by a brand called CoolThreads.

I had never heard of this brand before but their designs were attractive and their prizes were pretty affordable as well, so I decided to give them a shot. After much thought, I finally zeroed in on a square black silk scarf with little skulls printed all over it. Loved the grunge effect!

I received the scarf within a few days as expected of Jabong and the scarf is everything that I wanted it to be! It is pretty lightweight and so doesn’t feel heavy around your neck. It is also smooth and silky and so doesn’t feel scratchy or uncomfortable at all, which is a pet peeve I have against many scarves. Also the printed skull design is on the smaller side ; so it is edgy enough without being over the top. To be honest, I’ve only tried on this scarf a few times – I am saving it to wear on a special occasion next month – my birthday! Black is my favourite colour and I intend to go all black on my special day- a black maxi dress, black strappy wedges, a black belt to cinch in my waist and of course my new black silk scarf! I shall round up the whole look with some trendy oxidised silver jewellery and a touch of makeup voila! The birthday girl is ready to party!

Of course, this scarf can be worn in a number of different ways. If you need any help on how to style a square scarf all you need to do is a quick search on google. If you are looking to pick up some nice scarves do check out CoolThreads at Jabong. I’m sure you won’t be able to stop yourself!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Discovering Colorbar

I’m someone who isn’t an expert in makeup. Although I have an interest as well as access to a wide variety of cosmetics, I use only the most basic stuff, mostly because I don’t really know how to use many of the products that are available in the market today. Honestly, I’m impressed with those people who can pull off a perfect and flawless look in what seems like minutes!

Eyeliner is one of those simple make up items that I have somewhat managed to get the hang of in recent years and so it is one of the few things which gets over quickly in my vanity box. I’ve been on the hunt for a good and affordable eyeliner for quite some time when I came across the Ultimate Eyeliner from Colorbar. I’ve tried several brands in the past such as Lakme, Revlon, Maybelline, Benefit and L’Oreal but till now I didn’t get a chance to check out products from Colorbar. Having heard a lot about the quality of this brand I decided to give it a shot and promptly placed an order for the Ultimate Eyeliner from Colorbar in Black on Jabong.

I was travelling in a few days and I was worried if the eyeliner would reach me in time but thankfully it was deliver within a couple of days. Note that this was also the first time that I was ordering from Jabong and I must say that I am quite pleased with their service.

The Ultimate Eyeliner from Colorbar in Black retails for 550 INR at Jabong and you get 1 ml of product. The packaging is neat, sleek and very portable – you can easily carry this in your handbag for any touch ups if needed. 

The black is dark and intense – just the way I like it! I wore the eyeliner for entire day and despite the busy day it did not smudge. It is not a waterproof eyeliner which works for me since I wear contact lenses and waterproof eyeliners tend to spoil my lenses eventually. This eyeliner comes off your eyes smoothly with a little eye makeup remover or some cotton dipped in baby oil – absolutely no need for excessive rubbing and tugging the delicate skin around the eyes. The flexible felt tip is a definite plus in my book as it makes application easy and effortless, especially for people with unsteady hands like yours truly.

-  Affordable
 Intense Black
- Easy to use felt tip
 Sleek and easy to carry around in a purse


 Not waterproof; so if you sweat a lot or if it is going to be a rainy day, then beware!

I was really happy with my Colorbar eyeliner that a few days later when I happened to spot a Colorbar counter at the Angels store in Egmore, Chennai, I decided to explore other Colorbar products as well. I ended up buying a face highlighter/blusher in a lovely bronzy shade. Many of the face highlighters that I found in India tended to have a fair amount of glitter in them, which I totally did not want. However, this particular one from Colorbar doesn’t add any shimmer but simply gives a beautiful glow to my face. So pretty!

There are a whole range of Colorbar products that are beckoning to me and you can be sure that I’m going to try many of them out soon enough! Some of the products on my wishlist currently are the Radiant Glow Illuminator, the BB Crème, Teal Just Smoky Kajal, Peacock Blue Nail Paint, Amethyst Spark Glide Pencil… and the list goes on! What about you? Have you tried any products of Colorbar? Which are your favourites? Do let me know and I’ll check them out!

*This post is sponsored by Jabong. However please note that it is an unbiased review of my personal shopping experience.


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