Very short poem


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Birds

Linked to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Make up : Flash Ready

Makeup flashback is nightmare of anyone who owns and uses makeup, right? You have learnt all the tips and tricks, have blended the foundation away, but yet when you take a photo with flash, you don’t see yourself. You see a ghost on your gallery. If that has happened to you, welcome to this dangerous aftereffect of makeup called makeup flashback. But is it inevitable? Of course, no. So, what are the reasons for this? You need to look out for these ingredients :

  1. SPF
  2. Mica
  3. Silica

If you are familiar with reading the ingredients on makeup products, then these must be very common to you. These are the culprits which make you look like you just fell face down on rice flour. However, the tough part is that though market is flooded with products that are paraben free, sulphate free, blah blah blah free, you cannot find any product which claims to be free from the ingredients mentioned above. So, how do you avoid it?

  1. SPF or sun protection factor is often provided by ingredients by the name of “titanium dioxide” or “zinc oxide”. So, while reading the list of ingredients, watch out for these ones, even though there may not be any mention of spf on the cover of your foundation.
  2. Mica and Silica cannot be altogether avoided, so make sure that their place is towards the end of the ingredients list. If they are the last on the list, you have found a winner. But, keep in mind, you need to avoid translucent powder which mainly has these ingredients.

I now come to the next part. While you are on the quest to find the perfect foundation which does not give you flashback, I have rounded up on a perfect one which does the job well, and though it does have the above mentioned ingredients (argh!), however it has them in very small quantities (towards the end of the list). So, I have replaced Step 4 and 5 from my makeup routine about which I had mentioned in an earlier post with Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation as well as Compact. Maybelline saves my day whenever I have to be in front of flash (I need to use the 180 degree tiltable screen on my Sony WX500 in low light also right? :P)

Experiments with my Sony WX500

New beginnings, new hope…….results of constant care to a plant I had recently ignored (stupid me, who treated all plants like succulents)


This is what she used to look like when I brought her home last year (captured by my smartphone cam)


Trying out the 60x zoom

Liebster Award 2018!!

I was nominated for this award by the author from A Rain Dried Notion. Thanks a lot 🙂 !!!


Here are my answers for the questions :

What brought you to blogging?

Ever since my teenage years I used to roam around everywhere with my scrapbook filled with doodles and poems and short stories. I stumbled upon word press by recommendations from friends and then transferred some good stuff from the book to my blog. That is how my journey started.

What’s your writing/blogging goal for 2018?

To be regular in my posts.

Which novel agitated or shook you up the most?

Rebirth by Jhanvi Barua. It is an innocent and intense book on single motherhood.

What superpower would you like to possess?

The ability to read other people’s minds!

What do you think should be done to minimise crimes against women and children?

Increase the punishment so that no one has the audacity to even think of committing any crime.


These are the blogs I have nominated :

  1. Wild Daffodil
  2. It’s PH
  3. Vashti Q
  4. Bikurgurl
  5. Radhika’s Reflection
  6. Ramblings of a Writer
  7. But I smile anyway


Please answer my questions for you and nominate some more bloggers 🙂 !!!

Q.1  What do you think is the most beautiful creation of nature?

Q.2  What/ who is your inspiration for blogging?

Q.3  What is your favourite memory till date?

Q.4  Please answer honestly : Do you think there is a sitcom/ show better than F.R.I.E.N.D.S?

Q.5  Which is your favourite cuisine?

GrOwTh – DP photo challenge

Ecstasy for a gardener is when the leaves which fell from her succulents sprout new life, new growth

DP photo challenge : Ascend

How can one talk about ascent and forget fountains? And that too one coming right out of a………..boat!!!!

Make up : Bring on the glam

My previous post on make up was about a natural simple “everyday” kind of look. But it can also be extended to get a party ready look :


Step 7 : Eyeshadow – Blue Heaven Eyeshadow Pencil / Lakme Illuminating Eyeshadow Palette (French Rose)

What is the laziest way to put on eyeshadow without having to worry about the brushes or the fallout? Using an eyeshadow pencil! And this one costs just Rs 60. It is super travel friendly and affordable enough to stock up on all the shades. It transfers a bit so remember to dust a lil translucent powder on it.

Or else, if you prefer a good palette with all the colours you would need for either a daily look or for an event, then go for this one which has 6 colours which are very versatile and it is below Rs 1000.


Step 8 : Eyeliner – L’Oreal Super liner Superstar duo

Out of all the steps of a make up routine, the most daunting one for a beginner is the eyeliner, what with the winged liner trend becoming more famous by the day. Solution? Felt tip liner. It is almost impossible to go wrong with a felt tip (Thin line, thick line, light line – there are 2 sides to this liner to suit different looks). Moreover, since I have a super oily face and an equally oily eyelid, I was amazed at the staying power. It is also waterproof, btw.


Step 9 : Lipstick – Iba Halal Lipstick & Himalayas Lip balm

No make up look is complete without lipstick, but since we consume all the toxic ingredients on the lipstick, it is better to use organic lipstick. Iba halal lipsticks are quite matte, so an organic lip balm can be used to add a little gloss to it.


Step 0 : Make up Remover – Kara Make up removal Wipes

Removal of makeup is very important before sleeping but after a tiring day, it can be quite cumbersome to take a liquid, put it on a cotton pad, then remove makeup bit by bit. So, skip that, and just take out a wipe and the work is done. 😉