Sunday, February 14, 2016

Maybelline New York - The Colossal Kajal Super Black Review

Hello Everyone,
Now for those who already know me, know that I have come to become a Makeup Junkie in the past couple of years. For those who don't, well here is my very first review of a makeup product.

As any other girl, my introduction to makeup happened with 'Kajal'. This was way back in the year 2000. And was not introduced to any other makeup product till 2013. So kajal/kohl is my most favorite makeup product. It in fact isn't even makeup for me anymore. It's a basic necessity.

So my first ever review by default has to be dedicated to kajal. And today I bring to you the brand new Maybelline New York's The Colossal Kajal Super Black. This one is Maybelline's new launch. You can see the product claims in the photographs below.

The packaging of the product is slightly different from its original sister. This one is black with yellow accents. It claims to be 2x Blacker with a 16 hour wear time.

This baby is Priced at Rs. 300/- for 0.35 grams for all the extra blackness and long wear time it has to offer. I bought it from Amazon.

The Kajal is in a Black Retractable Pencil with the name printed in Yellow. I really fancy the packaging and think it looks classier than the earlier one. I wish they come up with sharpenable pencils, since I prefer them. They are safer to use as you can sharpen off the tip and they're as good as new. Also we get more product with them than with these retractable ones.

The Pigmentation of this Kajal is good, however not as dark as I like. If I have to compare it to its predecessor, I'd definitely say it is twice as dark, and a lot smoother. It glides on easily giving a good black color in just one glide. I had this problem with the original colossal, where it used to tug a bit on the waterline.

You can see the swatches in the photographs below. 

The Kajal is completely Smudgeproof & Waterproof. It takes about 10 seconds to set, and once it does, it does not budge. So we have very little time to play around. In the photograph below I have rubbed the kajal really hard and even tried the water test. And I am surely impressed with its durability.

As you can see, though the double and single swipes have faded, the multiple swipes swatch is still standing strong even after vigorously rubbing it under water. The product did not budge even with my cleansing milk. That sure will help keeping the Panda eyes away. So full marks on that.

The Staying Power of the product is a good 8 to 10 hours on the waterline and almost 12 hours on the upper lashline. I generally do not like wear my kajal on my upper lash lines and thus keep the products different. 

I have always found it difficult for any kajal to stay on my eyes. No matter which product I use, it always smudges and gives me panda eyes. I love applying thick kohl/kajal, which just adds to my agony. Considering these factors, this kajal fared well on my eyes. It gives great pigmentation on the waterline and stayed put on my waterline for almost 8 hours, however it did smudge on my lower lashline after 6 hours as you can see in the photographs. 


To sum it up, the things I love about the kajal are:
- The black packaging
- The creamy texture
- The long wear time on my waterline
- Is darker and blacker than the earlier Colossal Kajal
- Does not sting/irritate my eyes, cause redness, or make them water

Things that I didn't quite like:
- Does not stand true to the claim of the 16 hour wear time
- I personally found it a bit pricey since the wear time isn't really a lot more than the original colossal kajal
- No ingredients list

Would I recommend it?
Yes. If you want to try something new and blacker than the colossal kajal, do give this a try. It won't give you a vastly different experience, but it is still worth a pick for an update to your vanity.

Would I repurchase it?
No. I would'nt buy it again anytime soon, instead would try something else next time.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fashion your Style

Fashion is something that has existed since time immemorial. Humans are visual creatures, and hence are attracted to everything that is visually appealing. Fashion is therefore not only vanity, but also necessity. However many times fashion is confused with style. While fashion fads come and go, styles remain with us forever. The art here is not so much to follow the latest fashion trends, but to in fact make your own style fashionable.

We think of clothes in a very narrow and limited manner. Clothes are the strongest tool of communication. They perform the biggest role in visual communication. Did you know it is impossible to not communicate? This is because they way you look also communicate volumes about you, even before you begin to speak.

To dress impeccably, just remember the 4 A’s- Appropriate, Authentic, Affordable, and Attractive. Be appropriate for your occasion, roles, and goals, authentic in your style, affordable on your budget, and attractive at all time. Here are some tips that will help you to achieve all A’s.

Rely on basic styles in clothing. Simple clothing goes a long way and is easy to utilize for various occasions. For example a simple basic white shirt can get you ready for office, and with some accessories for men and women both, can even get you ready for an evening out! The objective here is to get the maximum from the existing wardrobe, than adding a new piece every now and then.

The fit of the clothing is extremely important. Often people feel that wearing loose fitted clothes is better if you have figure variations. However loose fitted clothes make you look bulkier. Have well fitted clothes that add crispness and sharpness to your personality. That doesn’t mean you adorn a bodycon dress at all times. But a good fit will take you a long way.

Use colours that go well with your personality, mood, and physical characteristics. For formal wear, use neutral colours. To begin with invest in good black, blue, grey, beige, brown, and olive green bottoms and trousers. These may be mixed at matched with most colours available. For tops and shirts, use the dull and muted shades of your favourite colours. Remember there is no wrong or right in fashion, it is just about how and where you use it! It isn’t about what you wear, but always but how you wear it.

For Indian wear, the same tips may be applied. Use minimalistic patterns and prints so that you can make many outfits out of the same garment pieces. For example, a plain black classic kurta will look different with beige chudidaar, white chudidaar, a red stole, or just a god piece of gold jewellery. Avoid using leggings as they create a bad image for you. Classic prints in Indian wear are a must have. Some of them are warli, lucknowi, and kuiriya.

Men should go in for straight cut kurtas and bottoms. A monochromatic colour scheme looks great on both men and women.
Always add a layer to look more authoritative, like a jacket, scarf, or even a tie. Angular shapes are great to add authority, while cured ones make you look friendlier.

And always wear a smile and your confidence. Those for sure will fit your style, and never go out of fashion!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear God VI

Dear God,
Do I really need to say anything this time?
Thank you for my life sublime...
A new gift that you brought to my life,
A new role, to be someone's wife.

My 27th birthday brought more happiness,
Didn't miss a chance to feel like a princess.
Hubby gifting me a vacation so memorable,
Definitely makes him even more adorable.

And like always the blessing flowed,
From family & friends they were bestowed.
A heart felt wish, from each very discrete,
Made my day so complete.

I can't thank you enough for everything you do. You keep me in mind for all the wonderful things life can offer. I hope, wish, and pray that everyone is blessed with the happiness that I enjoy.

Thank you Dear God
Please always do love me
Please always let me be your special child

Monday, February 16, 2015

Vanity as a Necessity

I aspired to be a Corporate Trainer right out of my MBA. People laughed and scoffed at me. I knew however, that I'll achieve what I want.

In this journey of working towards my goal, there were many things that I learnt. One of the most important was that of presentation.

We as humans automatically get drawn towards what lures our eyes. Visual creatures as we are, we have a photographic memory. Our brain remembers the pictures. And that is why our Image is important.

Conducting a Training for IOT Employees

One such important element for women is Makeup. I was never a makeup person. I was too lazy to care. However I realise that your face is the point of focus and should be so at all times. Especially as a trainer, to look my part, and feel it too, it is important.

Personal Branding Workshop

Basic makeup tips can help you feel more confident and presentable. You do not need to be layered with cosmetics. Nor do you need to splurge on expensive products. A minimalistic vanity can do you wonders.

Conducting a Skin Care & Makeup Workshop

Today, I am an Image Consultant and a Corporate Trainer. I train people on experiences that I have learnt over time. One such learning is that of having an impressive face. And makeup definitely helps.

Because Vanity is Necessity!

Register Now!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Month's Learning

It is my one month wedding anniversary today. Oh yes. It has already been a month and the usual talk of time flies and blah blah blah. However, there are certain things I've learnt in this month that I thought didn't really exist as far as marriages were concerned. Sharing 31 here on this auspicious occasion. One for each day of my married life :)

P.S. I've known my husband for 8 years, live very close to my parents, and his as well. Thus the learnings may differ from couples with different backgrounds.

1. Marriage is an over rated institution. Oh yes. I said it. It does not change your world. It doesn't turn your life upside down. It only adds to your life. To your family.

2. It isn't just about you and your spouse. There are other people involved. That is how families are formed. Whether or not you live together, you are still part of his family, and he is part of yours. You have multiple sets of parents, cousins, uncles, and aunts. And it is easy to accept it.

3. Leaving home for the girl isn't as traumatizing as the thought of it. I think it is the mere conditioning, and hence the placebo effect. There is a lot to do post the 'D Day'. You get involved. You have fun. You spend time with your parents and his. Life just expands...

4. There is no honeymoon phase really. That is just what the other married couples make it look like. There may be the getting to know you, or adjusting to you. In my case that too wasn't there.

5. Marriage is about understanding. Within a month, there have already been times, (yes times, more than once that is) where we both wanted to kill each other. Hence point no. 4. Love may disappear for a while. Yet there is this feeling of belonging and you get over the irritation and the fights.

6. First night, honeymoon, and its relationship with sex is over rated. It is tiring, and sometimes so tedious that you'd rather skip it. Oh yes and painful. And scary. Even after knowing your partner for a very long time. There is nothing special about the first time, other than the relief that it is done with and it will only get better from here.

7. There are no gender specific rules and roles. We both earn, cook, clean, pay bills, laze around, love, fight, make up, cry, laugh, give each other head massages, and leg massages when the other is tired. That is what marriage is all about.

8. Celebrations are up to you. You don't need an occasion. It should be enough that you are married to each other.

9. Communication is the key to everything. And I mean it. You HAVE to talk to each other. You cannot expect him to know, understand, assume, etc. Just say it, and it will be done. Makes life so easy. And your relationship, healthy.

10. Your wedding season will show you different colours of your closest people. Be prepared. People are on a far different tangent during weddings,

11. Do not change yourself just because you're married. Meet your friends. Keep them close. Meet your parents, and his. Open up to the new family. Network. Have fun.

12. Keep your girlfriends close. You will need them. To discuss issues and share fun things. Both your married and unmarried friends are equally important.

13. Your in laws may surprise you with how cool they are. Love them like your parents.

14. Keep a tab on your finances. Yes please.

15. Feel free to ask for help. You cannot know how to handle a home on your own. Ask multiple people. Then choose your best way.

16. Have a system in place. That really helps.

17. Keep your home clean.

18. Get out of your home and have fun.

19. Learn to cook. Basic meals. In case of emergencies.

20. Have some cash handy at home.

21. Travel light. The travel becomes fun, and the packing and unpacking becomes easier.

22. Add some glam quotient to your life.

23. Things do not change after marriage. Not immediately. The changes are gradual and it is a natural progression. Individuals grow and mature. That happens all the time. Nothing specific to marriages. People need to just stop saying that things change after marriage. No. They. Don't.

24. What you think of marriage before is nothing like what marriage really is. It is far easier. There I said it.

25. There is no other place like home.

26. Do not feel guilty of point 25. You definitely miss your parents and the other home as well. Yes that is still home no matter what.

27. People's perception about you changes. Do not let that affect your perception about yourself and your spouse.

28. There is nothing wrong in changing your name post marriage. Your identity still remains intact. Likewise there is nothing blasphemous if you do not want to change your name. Stop making a big deal about either.

29. Love. And love more. Be vocal about it. It will always give you butterflies in your stomach.

30. Every marriage has a different set of rules and dynamics. No one is like the other. Respect that. And make your own family unit.

31. Marriage isn't the end. It is the beginning of a beautiful process of unlearning, learning, and relearning. Enjoy it.

Hope this was an enjoyable read. And for those who think that marriage is not for you, not just yet, watch the video :)

I'm off for a dinner date with hubby. The place is a surprise and I'm loving it.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Another Year!

2014 has been the most wonderful year. It brought new challenges, professionally as well as personally, and it gave me the courage to win over them.

It taught me to go beyond my comfort zone. Do things that I would think I'd never do. It also taught me to be comfortable with things done, and undone.

The year taught me to trust. Put in my faith, in faith. That things happen at the right time for the right reason. And we need to trust ourselves for all the right things that we do.

The year taught me to love. Love unconditionally, as that is one thing that only and only brings in happiness and fills up people's lives and heart with a lifetime of anchor to stand tall on.

To respect. yourself and everyone around you.

And responsibility.

I have no words to express the achievements I have gained in 2014. I've taken leaps of faith, and I'm glad I did. Pushed my self beyond. Held my head high. Found my forever.

Here's to a wonderful 2014... And hoping for an even better 2015.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


As I lie down on my bed, the world seems very hazy. It must be because I'm sleep deprived. Or may be because I'm just tried. I feel a tear roll down my cheek... I realise I'm crying... actually weeping.

At 2:30 am on Wednesday morning, I see my entire life flash before my eyes. My Baba, and Aai and the time spent with them. My sister, baby sister. The chats with her, the fights, and the making up and taking up. My pets. Oh my babies. Hugging them dearly every night. I remembered the times I've waited for this moment like no other. Only to realise now, that I wish I had more time.

I'm getting married today. It still seems surreal. I know him for over 8 years now. He is my best friend. That is our kind of Soul Mate. I am excited. Thrilled in fact. Yet there is this sinking feeling. Life is about to change.

I wouldn't say the usual. That we take things for granted and realise it quite late. I'm happy things are happening at the right time. I feel overwhelmed with the fact that I'm so blessed to have a perfect life. There is absolutely nothing to regret. However, there is anticipation. And loads of it.

These mixed emotions are inexplicable. Maddening. Yet they bring in a certain kind of serenity. My family is going to extend by another now. Another set of parents, uncles, aunts. And my one and only "Husband". I can't believe it is happening. Lost in these thoughts I fall asleep...

When I woke up... it was a dream coming true :) And I wish every girl lives it too <3

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dear God V

Dear God,
It's been really long since I wrote anything, and I'm glad this one's been written for you.

26 glorious years. You have given me everything. And each year only added and enriched my life with new achievements, new people, and new experiences.

This year was eventful for me, both personally and professionally. I found a new form of self expression. And many others who share the similar passions.

My Birthday was nothing less than a part of this expression. The celebrations went on for almost three days non stop. And I have to Thank You for that. The wishes and blessings were innumerable.

Each year brings a new distinct feeling to my life. Last year, it was responsibility towards self and others. This year it is vehemence. I see myself in different light, with different passions and priorities.

Above all, this year I see myself less afraid. Still not brave though. Yet, less afraid to lose my people, and things, to fall and fail, to unlearn, and learn, to let go. Less afraid to be myself. Less afraid to experiment.

I know that life doesn't turn out to be the way you want. People you trust the most leave your side instantly. Plans don't always work out.

But amidst all this, there is family, and there are friends. Not the ones who are around everyday without a feeling or emotions. In stead those friends who meet just once a while, and make the entire year worthwhile.

Family and friends who love me just the way I am. No filter. They are my pillar of strength. The only constant in this ever transforming life.

Yes I received gifts. Beautiful ones. The most precious still remains you. And you being in everything that I love, and that loves me back.

Thank You Dear God
I am Glad You won't stop Loving Me

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


We all are a big fat zero. The wiser you become, the better you know.

When you begin doing something, and you're good at it, you feel the adrenaline pumping. You want to conquer it all.

But as you excel as it. Become better every moment that you do it, you just realize how much more you still got to know.

You feel like a minuscule particle in this ocean. And your thirst of knowledge just cannot seem to end.

So what you know becomes immaterial, but what you don't intrigues you. Gives you sleepless nights. Makes you restless.

Some one has rightly said. Education is not what you learn. It is what you can unlearn and relearn. This acceptance that we know nothing, and someone else can add to our knowledge makes us what we are.

So it's good to be a zero. Since its from here that you'll grow.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dear God IV

Dear God,
I celebrated my Silver Jubilee Birthday today! It's great to be 25 you know. Things have changed a bit though. Birthdays come with lot of surprises, not necessarily pertaining to my birthday presents. They come along with the striking knowledge that each passing year brings along new responsibilities I need to face.

So while it all began with a bang, with cakes, and champagnes... the change was too bold to ignore. Things are different now. People are a bit different too. The gifts have become more practical, and lesser fun. And yet, surprisingly I am loving them as much.

As I enter into a new stage of life altogether, some of the things I held close all these years seem a bit distant. In another year or two, I won't probably be celebrating in this house. The feeling has finally hit me, and God, it has hit me hard.

But that will be another years story to tell. This year brought along a new zeal. I want to make the most this year. Personally and professionally as well. I don't want to have careless fun. I want to take onus for what I do, and how I do it. I want to make sure every moment counts, and makes a difference.

So here is a big Thank You for this wonderful feeling of being 25. Thank you for the super friends and family I have.

Thank You Dear God,
I know you'll always love me.