Lipsticks I’ve been loving this fall

Hey guys! Saying that its been a while is getting old. But with the holiday season coming up I am hoping to post a LOT more. I hope everyone has been enjoying the fall as much as I have. I took my yearly trip to Vermont. The foliage was gorgeous. I felt like I fed some superfoods to my eyes. Do you know what I mean? I am sure you do. Who doesn’t love fall. And make-up?

Let’s get to the lipsticks I have been loving as fall began:

1) YSL ‘Rouge Volupte Shine’ Lipstick: Shade: 48 Smoking Plum- This lipstick is the most expensive lipstick I own. Lol. It is $37, but it is so worth it! It is a sheer, shiny wash of plum tone on your lips. My lips are quite pigmented but the color shows up perfectly. I recommend this for the holiday season if you are not looking for the classic red lip. Also, it smells like candy. Who doesn’t want that, right? You can buy it here

2) Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips: Shade: Secret Salma- This shade is not just a fall shade. It is an all-season shade. It is a pigmented mauvy-pink which goes with anything you wear and is flattering for all skin tones. Perfect everyday shade to work for the fall season. And the packaging just like the YSL is absolutely stunning and luxurious. You can buy it here

3) Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel: Shade: 36 Indian Sari- This is in the high shine finish. The lip gels also have metallic and shimmer finishes. I love this shade for an evening out when I don’t want to do too much. This is just a perfect mauvy tint to my lips with some oomph. I feel like its slightly balmy and feels great on my lips. I’s one of my favorite glosses. You can buy it here

4) Glossier Generation G lipstick: Shade: Jam- Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Glossier. Especially their cleanser and both face masks. This lipstick is matte, balmy and no non-sense. It is great for everyday. I love this shade because it skews towards a purple-y tone. And as the name suggests it reminds me of berry jam. I love it! I like to apply a tiny bit of their coconut balm dotcom before I go in with the lipstick. Works well this way for my dry lips. You can buy it here

5) e.l.f matte lip color: Shade: Berry Sorbet- e.l.f has really great matte lip color. They are not your typical matte lip pencils. They are quite comfortable and do not dry your lips out. This shade is a reddish berry shade perfect for night and day. I have even worn this for a day out in summer without going all out on the eye makeup. It looks really beautiful. Also e.l.f is so friendly to your wallet that buying a few at a time will not depress you later ūüėČ You can buy it here

Swatches of my fall favs!

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Top to bottom: YSL Smoking Plum, Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma, Glossier Generation G Jam, Sephora Collection Indian Sari, Elf Berry Sorbet

10 Things I am enjoying right now!

Now that you guys know a little bit about me, I wanted to share a few things I have been enjoying lately. Hope you find something in common or something new to enjoy yourself!

  1. Home-cooked meals: When I lived at home(back in India), I took home cooked meals for granted. And now, I really miss it. But considering Pia’s mother is visiting, we are having home cooked meals everyday!
  2. The little book of skin care by Charlotte Cho: This book is really great if you want to start your own skincare routine. The information she has provided is great even for a beginner to understand. Her experiences make me want to visit Seoul myself!
  3. Skin-care: I have really started taking care of my skin since fall/winter is just around the corner. Also, because I do not wish to have scaly skin like a snake which I did last year. The book really helped me understand why I need to take so many steps to make my skin look and feel right. The entire experience feels like I am at a spa and gives me time to concentrate on myself.
  4. Baby pics: My cousin had a baby girl last month. She is just so adorable. I was amazed by her expressions and her fearlessness. Her life is so simple- eat, sleep, poop, repeat! I have been loving her pictures on Instagram. Its my daily dose of gooeyness. I love her!
  5. Sleeping: I am religiously sleeping 7-8 hours a day which I have always wanted to do. No skimming- I have noticed my body/ mind is loving it! Zzzzzzz!
  6. Some good news: This year has been great with good news. Two of my close friends from school decided to get married. Congratulations to Roshni, Pria and Sid! Few friends got promotions. People seem to be happy around me. So I guess I am really happy ūüôā
  7. Shopping: This should have been at the top of my list!¬†Since it was my birthday a few days ago-I shopped a lot! The labor day sales didn’t help either. I bought two Kate spade bags, a LOT of skin care items from SokoGlam, Uniqlo basics etc. I will follow up later with 10 of my favorite items this month!
  8. Homeland on Hulu: I know this show aired a few years ago, but I recently started watching this. I have already completed 4 seasons and just began my 5th one last night. Its a complete rollercoaster of emotions if you enjoy psychological/political thrillers. Must watch!
  9. Cereal: My favorite cereal for a while has been Lucky charms. I love them! My colleague was really surprised (a little offended)¬†when I told her that I didn’t know what it was.¬†My apartment has been stocked up since then!
  10. Day-dreaming: Come on! I love day-dreaming about random stuff. It gives me great pleasure to see where my mind can wander when I am idle!

I hope you enjoyed my list! And please comment below with what you have been enjoying. So I can get on it too! Also, just want to take a moment to be thankful for all my friends. Every now and then I realize how lucky I am to have found them. I love you guys!

Food cooked close to home :)

This is my first post as a blogger; and so I thought what could be better than writing about food first. Me and my friends always like to try out new restaurants, ice cream parlors, frozen yogurt places or may be even state parks with some barbecue and grilling outdoors. We usually Yelp¬†these kinda things and check for 4-5 ‘star’ ratings. (We rate places ourselves too!).

On Wednesday, we decided to go for dinner next day. As usual we ‘yelped’ it. This time the craving was for Indian food. My friend had suggested this place called ‘Indus Grill’ some time ago. It is a recently opened restaurant with 4-star ratings.

Let me tell you about Indus grill — It’s a really small, little place with 6-8 tables (each has two chairs, that’s all!). Also it smells like a typical Indian kitchen full of spices. Mmmm… So we started off with some Beef chapli, Chicken Seekh Kabab, Chicken Tikka. For the main course we ordered the Peshawari Karahi, Ginger Chicken, Mughlai Korma, Chicken Biryani, Veggie Biryani, Gobi Aloo and Bhindi Masala (Not to scare you with this never ending list, but this was for 7 people :P) All of this topped with excellent Indian breads- Chicken Keema Naan, Tandoori Roti and Garlic Naan. When I took my first bite of the food, it was as though I literally went back home. Every dish was as tasty as the other. So the best part about the food¬†-less oil, doesn’t fill you up because of its heaviness. We guys ate continuously without a word for two hours. For dessert we had Gulab Jamun and Firni; which were also very good (Seems like I can’t stop raving about this place).

The people were warm and service was really good. As it’s a small family owned restaurant they serve you with humility¬†and warmth. I enjoyed every bit of my evening with my friends and some really good food.

Me with the Indus grill team!

Me with the Indus grill team!

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani

Peshawari Karahi with Chicken Keema Naan

Peshawari Karahi with Chicken Keema Naan

P.S.: The place is BYOB (Its like a cherry on the cake).

If you live in Highland Park and are up for some Indian food:

Indus Grill: http://www.indusgrillnj.com/

Only delivers in Highland park (You can always call for pick-up).

Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/indus-grill-highland-park

ENJOY!!