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Friday, July 13, 2018

Quick Trip To Goa and What's In My Makeup Bag

image - @DebolinaRaja

A few weeks back I had a quick getaway to Goa, just when the monsoon arrived in all its beauty. Needless to say, it was beautiful, and I was at my happiest best, in one of those places that I cherish being the most - by my own, at the beach, the calming sound of the water helping me find myself away from the mad rush.

I love it there, always, and cannot tell you all how much I feel like running away and being there and never coming back. Which, I hope, someday I will do as well.

For now, this pic you see up there is me at the beautiful Baga beach, barely anyone there, but me and the waves.

And now, a quick glance at some of the fun stuff I took along, which I barely used.....
This is the gorgeous cloth pouch I bought online on Amazon...I think it has been with me for more than a year now, and I got it for about 500 bucks...I really love the floral print, which is what attracted me 

I bought this makeup bag online from Amazon about a year and half back

I got this beautiful eye shadow palette as a gift from my bestie 

Aren't the shades absolutely beautiful? It's the perfect mix of nudes and the party essentials such as grey, brown, gold and black... a perfect every day and night palette

Next is this highlighter palette that was also a gift from my bestie.. and this is the first time I have a highlighter :)

I can't even begin to tell you all how gorgeous the shades are and they look really gorgeous... i have been using these as a blush/contour a lot

I wear contact lenses and for years now, the Bausch and Lomb soft disposable contact lenses have been my favourite

This looks too orangey in the pan, but once you apply it does not look as crazy, but is very nicely visible, and is super buildable too... I have had this for about 3 years now, and use it a lot, but still have almost as much of the product intact. 

The blush is by Colorbar and the shade is 009 Coral Craving

This is a perfume that was gifted by a love of mine..since i love the men's musk scents, hence this one :)

I love this eye shadow soft creamy crayon stick by Colorbar... in the shade Olive 009 ... this is super creamy and the best part is that you don't need to sharpen it, but it is twistable, so no product goes to waste... I wear this as an eye shadow and also as kajal a lot

This is yet another very old twistable kajal in Green by Lakme

If you have any idea for how long this product has been discontinued (which I was not aware of,) you would know that sadly, you can't get this any longer. Whatever this was meant for, I have used it as a an under eye dark circle concealer, as a BB cream or foundation, on the eyelids - basically as and what required... this is still the only thing I use, as I don't wear any foundation... but this is about to get over, and looks like I won't get this anymore :( 

This is way too old and finally it is disintegrating... I barely used it, though I loved it a lot, and as of now won't buy this as I have a highlighter palette that I am using, that you already saw :) 

The one pictured above is the Lakme Face Sheer in the shade Sun Kissed

A gorgeous gold eye pencil by Avon cosmetics... I have used this as an eye shadow and a gold eye liner many times...and absolutely love it... this is super creamy but the only sad part is that you have to sharpen it

I am crazy in love with the Lakme 9 to 5 cheek and lip tints...they are just absolutely amazing, and I have purchased them in multiple shades now, as well as gifted them....will of course buy more

This shade is called Blush Velvet and this is one of their most popular's a neutral shade that you can wear anytime of the day or night, with any kind of look, with any type of outfit and for any occasion, really...

I love the royal blue shade of this one...super creamy too

This is by a brand called Catrice and I picked it up in Malaysia

A gorgeous shade that I love wearing in the day and this was perfect for the beach too

It's a brand called SilkyGirl that I saw only in Malaysia... this one is a moisture boost while there are matte versions too that I have.. these are twistable ones, no need to sharpen

The shade is Blush
My one and only Kabuki brush that came with a brush set I had bought almost a decade ago! I have barely ever used it, so using it now finally. This was by a brand called Sheer Cover, don't know if they are still around. And yes, you can see the faded lettering on the body of the brush.

This is all that I took with me, but did not really use it all.... that is what ends up happening each time! And yet, I will always continue to carry loads ;)

- Debolina Raja

Saturday, April 14, 2018

My first makeup purchase from Instagram the Kylie Matte Liquid Lipstick Birthday Edition

Recently picked up this gorgeous looking palette from Instagram and it's a Kylie Jenner lipstick, apparently it's a Birthday Edition (which I'm thinking is limited edition maybe), and has six shades that are all matte.

For some reason, the colours here are not picking up the right shade at all, and they all look pink! In reality though, they are more of browns and nudes, and I will try and shoot all over again in a different natural light setting (these were also in natural light), and will also do the review and swatches for each.

For now, they look gorgeous for sure, and whether or not they are worth the money, I'll come back on that pretty soon.

Enjoy and relax in the weekend.

- Debolina Raja

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

This Crazy Nike Infographic Will Blow Your Mind

image - Nike

If you've ever owned or loved a pair of Nike shoes, then here are some super interesting facts you would probably love to read about.

In fact, I didn't know any of this, but thanks to this cool infographic, just found out some very interesting facts...

For instance, did you know that Phil Knight was writing his college papers when he thought of starting a shoe company and that is how the entire Nike story started?

As of 2017, Nike holds a staggering 24.75% of the global athletic footwear market.

According to Forbes, it is the 16th most valuable brand in the world.

And check this - between the years 2014 and 2017, Nike spent more than 100 dollars per second (!) on its marketing and advertising campaigns.

Interesting? HERE ARE MORE facts.

- Debolina Raja

Monday, January 29, 2018

#RuleOutThyroweight I thought I was lazy, till I found out I had thyroid: I lost 30 kgs and won against thyroid

Juhi Chawla at an event talking about Thyroid

#RuleOutThyroweight I thought I was lazy, till I found out I had thyroid: I lost 30 kgs and won against thyroid
As the first month of the year comes to an end, it's also a new start, a time when we take so many resolutions but barely manage to stick to any.

This year, unlike a lot of my past years, I did not have any resolution. In fact, last year too I didn't make any resolution, but told myself I would see how best I could stay fit and healthy. And let's say I managed it.

Health and fitness and all the things you hear about wellness are actually related, and it took me a long time to realize this. But once I did, I realized I was at my healthiest and my fittest best.

I never realized I could be at risk of thyroid. Why would I be? I was young, I had no known health issue, so why would I suddenly get a thyroid disorder?

But unfortunately, 1 in every 10 adults has thyroid problems, and so did I.

That's why, when I found out about this event that would tackle the issues of weight gain and tiredness (also known as Thyroweight),  I knew I wanted to be there.

The event, that was held at a well-known hotel in Mumbai, had Juhi Chawla attend the guest along with experts from the medical field. To the room full of bloggers, Juhi shared about how she has seen people close to her suffer from the disease. Her husband Jay Mehta as well as her father-in-law have both been affected with thyroid disorder, but are leading active and healthy lives because they have made sure to take care of it. Juhi's hair stylist too was suffering from hypothyroidism, but ever since she got regular with her medication, she is back to leading a healthy and happy life.

1 in 10 Indians suffer from a thyroid problem, and in most cases are not even aware of it.

I won over thyroid disorder
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after my first pregnancy, and my initial signs matched a lot of the signs I have listed above. Also, I was gaining weight fast, and my post-pregnancy weight was not going down, despite my best efforts.

I did take medication, and over a period of about two years, I was strict to follow all the medicines as per medical advice. My thyroid problems did come under control, and I was given a medical go-ahead to plan my second baby, as my thyroid issue was well taken care of by then.

However, I did gain about 30 kgs through my second pregnancy, as my thyroid symptoms came back. After the baby, I got on medication again and started changing my lifestyle. Today, I am 50 kgs from the 80 kgs I had become, and I am at my fittest and healthiest best at 37 years and after 2 babies.

If I have been able to do it, anyone can, and you can, and trust me, anyone can beat thyroid, all you need to do is get yourself checked and follow your medication plan.

Before you panic, here are some myths and facts about thyroid issues

If you are obese and overweight due to thyroid, you cannot lose the weight.
Fact - Thyroid will not cause obesity, but can cause an excess weight gain of up to 10 lbs. Also, excessive weight gain could be due to a lot of other factors. If taken care of, this is easily manageable.

Once you get thyroid problems, it can never be cured
Fact - While your thyroid issue may not go away completely, the fact is that it can easily be managed and kept under control. Also, by taking your medication regularly and the way you have been advised by your doctor, you can actually lead a healthy life. 

Me and a colleague at the event

When you have thyroid problems, you will somehow know it
Fact - It can be difficult to immediately spot if you have a thyroid issue or not, as the symptoms can easily be confused with regular everyday symptoms. If you notice a number of the symptoms (check list below) and it happens very often, it could be due to thyroid imbalance.

Taking thyroid medication will get you hooked on for life and can cause side effects
Fact - There has been a vast change in the way thyroid medications work, and in fact, just a single gentle dose a day could keep you absolutely healthy. These medications can help manage various symptoms that are associated with thyroid disorder and will not cause any side effect.

For more information please visit

The big turnout at the event 

Spot the symptoms fast
The biggest problem in understanding whether or not you are having a thyroid issue is that most of the symptoms can often be confused with regular lifestyle changes. However, if you often spot any of these and feel this is quite frequent, do check with your doctor
·         sudden and unexplained weight gain or loss without trying to do so
·         always feeling tired even when you are well rested or have slept enough

(The first two are most important and common symptoms, also known as Thyroweight)

·         stress and anxiety
·         feeling confused
·         unable to concentrate
·         being forgetful
·         extreme behaviour changes, such as being too happy and then too depressed
·         irregular periods or missing periods
·         swelling on the face or legs
·         fast heartbeat
·         hair fall
·         constipation or diarrhoea
·         sleep disturbances - sleep too much or can't sleep
·         feeling bloated
·         always feel too hot or too cold and cannot tolerate hot or cold temperatures (depends on what form of thyroid disorder you have)
·         muscular pain
·         increase in cholesterol levels

When taken individually, these symptoms may not necessarily point to a thyroid problem, but if you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms and notice it often, it is important to speak with your doctor about the same.

So what increases your risk?
·         a family history of someone who has suffered from thyroid imbalance
·         women are more prone to have a thyroid disease than men (8 out of 10 women are diagnosed with a thyroid problem)
·         pregnancy
·         iodine deficiency
·         hormonal imbalance, especially if you are also on some form of hormonal therapy
·         both men and women over the age of 50 are at an increased risk
·         if you had thyroid issues earlier that resolved themselves or with very less medical intervention
·         smoking
·         regularly eating vegetables such as broccoli, radish, kale, cauliflower (basically goitrogenic foods)
·         regularly eating large amounts of soy products
·         stress

What are the tests?
The most common test that your doctor will suggest to detect a thyroid problem is the TSH (Thyroid Function Test) test.

In the initial stage, it is best to get the test done every 6 to 8 weeks. Gradually, your doctor may advise you to take it thrice, twice or even once a year, as you get better.
Honestly, the medicine has no side effects, and all it does is to regulate your hormones in such a way that they will stay within the required range. Do speak to your doctor, so that you can easily manage your health, and also be healthy, happy, fit and active! :)

* Disclaimer: I attended a discussion on thyroid awareness facilitated by Abbott India Limited. Any opinion expressed in this blog is my personal opinion and not the opinion of Abbott India Limited. Abbott India Limited does not assume any liability for the content of the blog. The blog post is not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, nor is it a medical recommendation or prescription of treatment for people having thyroid problems. Any reader of this blog suffering from thyroid problems should specifically consult his/her doctor for the same and follow the suggested course of treatment.'

- Debolina Raja

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Shouldn't it be mandatory for brands to mention ANIMAL DERIVED PRODUCTS if they use so? #Adamis #Fossil #HiDesign

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So today I went bag shopping as I needed to replace a huge black handbag that had come undone - it was already dying, and I was on the lookout for another huge soft black handbag.

I am the type of shopper who does not love brands at all. I do not own any branded handbag, and the ones that I have picked up from all over everywhere are either brands no one has ever heard of or have some ideas copied from other brands.

Today, for a change, I decided to visit some branded handbag stores and see what they had.

So lets see which ones disappointed me.

All the stores I visited were located in Inorbit Mall Vashi, Navi Mumbai

They proudly displayed a PETA board that guaranteed all the products were cruelty free and nothing was derived from animals. - LOVED THIS FACT

I went inside and asked them if they were cruelty free. The person who was there didn't have a clue what I was talking about, which was pretty weird. I repeated the same again and he said, yes madam, all cruelty free. I moved on to touch the bags, but his reaction was still not convincing, so I asked him - "Is this animal leather or synthetic?"
And then he said - "Animal leather mam. But they don't kill the animals. It is only from the animals who have died naturally."
I looked at him and asked him to show me a PETA or other guarantee that they were indeed doing something like this. Nothing! The man had nothing to show.
I handed back the bag and said well, I can't buy any of this disgusting stuff, and walked out.

I asked about whether they had anything that was animal derived and they said No mam, all of this is synthetic. GOOD

One of the worst and SADDEST collection of handbags I ever saw in my life - ughhhh....
And then this man proudly said yes mam, all pure animal leather.
To which I looked at him and said, oh wow, thanks, now I definitely wont buy.

I entered and asked if this was animal leather.
This smug of a man looks at me and tells me oh yes mam, we have ONLY PURE ANIMAL LEATHER things here.
I looked at him and said wow nice, then I am never coming back to your pathetic brand again.
And he gave me a proud look, of how nice it is for him to stand amidst these products.

I was fuming.

I admit I have been a non-vegetarian. I have enjoyed eating meats immensely. But for a long time now I have been kind of off meats.

But I have never used anything that has animal derived ingredients in it, at least never knowingly. Which is why, when I went to these stores and came out after hearing and seeing all this, I was fuming. I was really upset.

Shouldn't it be mandatory to display that the products you sell have animal ingredients in them? Shouldn't they say it clearly displayed in their stores? What if I never asked and got home a bag that was made out of an animal's skin?

- Debolina Raja

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Oriflame The One Lip Sensation Vinyl Gel Lip Glosses: All Shades Swatches

It's been some time now that Oriflame launched their amazing range of colours in the form of liquid lipsticks. I had earlier reviewed the Oriflame The One Lip Sensation Vinyl Gel Lip Glosses

Honestly, I am not a lip gloss person at all, and I guess that's why I did not really feel those lip glosses were something I would buy again. But a LOT of people I know have been raving about it and loved it, plus they do have some amazing shades so do check those out too!

The next launch they came out with was the creamy matte version of the vinyl lip gels (yayyy!!!!) and these I must say are to die for.

The colours are super pigmented and very very buildable.

Here are the 7 shades from the Oriflame The One Lip Sensation Matte Mousse range

These were launched at INR 699 but depending on where you buy it from, you can even get it at about 450 bucks....a lot of sales and discounts are also available, so you can keep an eye on, especially as the entire range is really good!

The staying power is quite good too and it lasts easily for up to 3 to 4 hours, though it does start to fade out but in a nice way, without disappearing altogether and does not leave any patches.

If you have dry lips, I would definitely suggest wear a lip balm underneath.

The only problem you might face is that if you have a lot of creases in your lips, it may settle in there, so try and exfoliate first and then apply.

The shades feel super light and actually feels as if you are applying a mousse on your lips! They are really easy to glide on and as they are packaged in a transparent bottle, you can easily pick the shade you want, even when in a rush.

I won't be able to share the names of the shades because sadly, they are printed sooooooooooo small on the lid that it is absolutely impossible to read it. I will jump in straight to the swatches.

The two images below are of the shade i loved the best....loved it....

Do I suggest you try them out?

Absolutely :)

- Debolina Raja

Friday, November 24, 2017

Beauty Is Imperfect, But Think Before You Buy Those Products

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I am one of those imperfect souls who believes that beauty is always at its best when it is not perfect.

I love makeup, I love loads of products that are about skincare, wellness, essential oils, hair care and so on, and I have always said so.

But, I am also extremely wary of what I am using, and most of the times I do not spend a lot on any product, as I feel simple home remedies and simpler products and brands can also work as amazingly as brands that are really high end.

The reason I am saying this is...

I am going to come up again with a lot of reviews about various products, including makeup and more. However, I would say that while all of them look really appealing, please do not get carried away and buy only what you really think you would use or need.

I know how easy it is to get tempted with images and reviews, and I for one have many times felt like I want it all....but I have learned how to control those cravings (that's what they are to me at least).

So yes, do read do enjoy do let me know if you like it and yes, if you buy it, do tell me about it too :)

- Debolina Raja