5 Book Series you’d love to binge read

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Hi guys!

If you’re a 90s kid, you’ll know that before binge watching Netflix became a trend, binge reading was what we called cool. So today I thought of sharing my top 5 book series that you’d love to binge read.

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Perfect setting for long weekends.
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1. The Fifty Shades Trilogy – EL James

This erotica series has 3 Books – Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed.

It is the love story of Christian Grey and a young college girl Anastasia Steele. Add to the love story lots of sex, BDSM, heightened romance, and of course emotions. The trilogy took the world by storm, so if you’re looking for an erotica read, then this is the series you can start with.

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Laters, Baby
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2. Summer Series – Jenny Han

From the bestselling author of ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’, comes a trilogy that’ll remind you of summers at the beach house, prom nights, and first love.

The series has 3 books – The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s not Summer Without You, and We’ll Always Have Summer.

the summer i turned pretty
This is what I call, summer in a frame.
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This was one of my best reads in 2016. It has the perfect mix of emotions and romance, just what a YA book needs. It depicts a constant tussle between the head and the heart, the friendship between the two boys and Belly, and their chemistry gives you a fuzzy feeling.

3. Shiva Trilogy – Amish Tripathi

If you want to start reading mythology and are confused where to start, the Shiva Trilogy can give you a great push. The 3 books in the Series are – The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of The Nagas, and The Oath of Wayuputras.

shiva trilogy
Har Har Mahadev!!

It is fast paced so you can enjoy it like a thriller. But the elements of mythology and history give it an edge. It teaches about Karma, Lord Shiva and his beliefs and how he transforms the world one deed at a time. Surely worth a read!

4. Millennium Trilogy – Steig Larsson

Have to admit, this is my favorite in the lot. It is based on Swedish crime novels and has 3 books in the series – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. Get this series and your long weekend reading is sorted.

the girl with the dragon tattoo
Trust me when I say this, you wont be able to put them down.
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It is a story based on Lisbeth Salander, a woman with photographic memory but poor social skills, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist. There’s bloodshed, thrill, mystery, and unsolved crime situations.

After the death of Stieg Larsson, the fourth book in the series – The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz was released last year. It is said that the fifth installment of the series The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is set to release in September 2017.

the girl in the spider's web
Eagerly awaiting to read this one!
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5. If I Stay – Gayle Forman

This is a 2 book series – If I Stay and Where She Went.

if i stay
Keep tissues handy when you read these!!
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It is a heartwarming and emotional series talking about family ties, choices we have to make in life, and the power of love. Gayle beautifully ties human relations in the thread of love. While the first book showcases the struggles and sorrows, the second book talks about triumph.

Let me know how many have you ticked off from the list. Also if you’ve seen their movie adaptations, were they any good?

Bye! Come back soon.

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Lipstick Love: Top 5 liquid lipsticks under Rs. 1000/-

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A bright red on a Monday morning or a barbie pink for a lunch date, there is a lipstick for everyone in this world.

Liquid lipsticks have taken the beauty world by storm. They are fuss free, give a beautiful matte finish, and look gorgeous.

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When work looks this pretty!

Here’s my pick of top 5 liquid lipsticks under Rs 1000/-

  1. Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color 

True to its name, this one has a mousse like consistency. It dries matte, feels very comfortable on the lips, and the best part, these lipsticks don’t dry your lips.

lakme 9 to 5 weightless mousse lip and cheek color
Ignore the drawing, focus on the creativity 🙂

I had talked about these lippies in a monthly favorites post which you can read here.

Lakme 9 to 5 weightless mousse
Love the formulation. It’s so light yet highly pigmented.

2. Diana of London 2000 Kisses Liquid Lipstick

Color – Red Nature

It is a hot red color which adds a pop of color to the look. After Ruby Woo by Mac, if there is any red lipstick that I adore, it is this beauty.

Diana of London 2000 kisses red nature
Such a stunning red this is!

The staying power is good. It can survive if you nibble something or carefully sip something.

  • Comes in a transparent packaging
  • It has a powder matte feel, but dries down completely matte
  • The fragrance reminds me of baby powder
  • Non-transfer proof and light weight
  • Doesn’t settle into lines and doesn’t bleed

Price – 770/- for 8ml

3. The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid

Color – Goa Magnolia 026 (its a berry pink color)

Out of all the formulations mentioned, this is my favorite. It is so weightless and comfortable that you barely feel it on your lips. There is a fabulous color range so you can pick a couple of them.

the body shop lipstick
Summer or Winter, a beautiful berry color is a mus have
  • Comes in a clear tube
  • Has a light fruity fragrance
  • Pointed applicator, so you can easily work around the corners of your lips
  • And the biggest plus – these are cruelty free and aren’t tested on animals
the Body Shop matte lip liquid
I am wearing Goa Magnolia on a my lips and loving it.

Price – 695/- for 8ml

4. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

The world is crazy for these soft matte lip creams. They have a creamy texture and a soft matte finish, truly flattering. There are a myriad shades – from usual reds and pinks to daring blue, pretty purple, and beautiful burgundy.

NYX soft matte lip creams
You can never have enough of these!
NYX lipsticks
Lovely shades.
Thanks Namita Malik for these pretty pictures.
  • They are named after world cities, how cool is that!
  • Comes in a convenient transparent packaging
  • Doesn’t feather or bleed
  • Will not survive a meal
  • Value for money
  • Isn’t as long lasting as Diana of London or Chambor, so you might need touch ups
NYX smlc swatches
Beautiful colors, comfortable feel, what else can you ask for?

Price – 600/- to 750/- for 6.5g

5. Chamber Extreme Wear Trnasferproof Liquid Lipstick

Out of the lot, this particular one is most drying. Make sure you prep your lips well with a lip balm. Dab off the excess and then apply this lipstick, or else be prepared for dry parched lips.

Cchambor extreme wear liquid lipstick swatches
Forever envying bestie’s lipstick stash.
Thanks Dr. Garima 🙂
  • Comes in transparent packing
  • Good formula, but I am not a fan of the applicator. It is quite broad, so you can mess up the corners of your lips
  • Lasts the longest out of the 5 mentioned lipsticks
  • Partially survives a meal, will fade after that leaving an outline
  • On re-applying it can patchy and can flake off
Chambor liquid lipsticks India
Lots of colors to choose from.

My favorite color is 403. It’s a bright cool toned fuchsia.

Chambor extreme wear liquid lipsticks
I just hope these were a little less drying on the lips.
chambor extreme wear liquid lipstick 403
Love at first sight!

Price – 845/- for 6ml

If you love liquid lipsticks, I suggest you invest in a good quality lip scrub. Exfoliate your lips 1-2 times a week for a kissable pout.

If you have any favorite liquid lipstick, share it in the comments section below. And don’t forget to share this post with all your girlies.

Much Love!

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Forest Essentials Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime Body Mist Review

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Hello y’all!

Has it ever happened with you, that you smell a fragrance and are not able to get over it.  The last time I went to the Forest Essentials store, they had sprayed this mesmerizing fragrance in the carry bag which I didn’t know the name of. Ever since that fragrance had my heart.

Forest Essentials body mist
Kanav Matta, thank you for always spoiling me with the best gifts! Much love 🙂

Recently I revisited the store to find that body mist. Turned out that they spray room fresheners in the carry bags! The mad girl that I am, I didn’t buy it, so its still on my wishlist.

Instead I ended by being gifted (by my best boy) the Forest Essentials Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime Body Mist.

Forest Essentials body mist review
And when you make a purchase, don’t forget to ask for a free sample product.

Trust me when I say this, Forest Essentials is one of the best things to have happened to mankind after peanut butter and doggie hugs. I’ve been using it for about 2 months now, and thought now would be a great time to share my thoughts about it.

orest Essentials Iced Pomegranate and Kerala Lime Body Mist Review
This is what summer dreams are made up of.
  • Packaging

The outer packaging is trademark Forest Essentials, brown carton with cutesy pomegranate and lime drawing. The mist comes in a plastic bottle – light, tiny, and travel friendly. You can easily fit it in your bag and spray it as desired.

Forest Essentials India
Indulgence at its best.
  • Fragrance

The lime predominates and there is this subtle hint of pomegranate. Smells divine! The fragrance reminds me of kaffir lime martini. It’s fresh and fruity, ideal for summers. If you like fruity fragrances that aren’t very sweet, then this is a good pick.

Forest Essentials body mist price
If only the fragrance would have stayed a tad bit longer!!

I only have good things to say about the mist. But how I wish it could stay longer than what it does. Since it is a mist, it fades away in this heat. I am hoping it’ll have more longevity during winters.

Price – 1675/- for 100ml

Forest Essentials is a luxury brand, so you should be prepared to shell out those extra bucks.

If you’re looking for a new mist (certainly not budget friendly) or are a fan of Forest Essentials, then you should definitely give this a sniff. This’ll also make a great gift!!

Forest Essentials pomegranate body mist review
If you, like I are fan of Forest Essentials, then you’ll surely like their body mist.

PS – This isn’t a sponsored post. It is my sheer love for Forest Essentials, that’s speaking.

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5 YA books you should add to your reading list – Part II

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Hello lovelies!

I am all happy and charged up to be writing the part II of the YA books series. Picked out some happy and dreamy YAs that’ll strike a chord and leave a part of them in your heart.

best ya books
So many books, so little time.
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Just in case you haven’t read part I, here it is.

  1. Our Chemical Hearts (Krystal Sutherland)

This was the best YA I read in 2016! It is the perfect amalgamation of John Green and Rainbow Rowell. Feels on fleek, I say!!

our chemical hearts
She was built for mountains, not rooftops.
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The chemical reaction, or love as they call it between the two main lead characters is heartwarming. Henry and Grace are worlds apart, yet find solace in each other. Happy, sad, emotional, and love struck, you’ll feel it all while reading this delectable story.

2. Room (Emma Donoghue)

Room is a rather bold and strong YA. The book highlights the struggles Ma and Jack go through when they are held captive in an 11X11 room.

Room
Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.

Although the underlying feel of the book is trauma, abuse, and sadness, there is a positivity that radiates. Motherly love overpowers and makes us believe that moms are the real superheroes.

The booknerd in you will be happy to see the movie adaptation. It is phenomenal.

3. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)

When I was making a list of YAs read, TFIOS was at the top. This is Hazel’s story of battling for life, survival, and love. This is also the story of Augustus being lover boy and bff we all need in our life.

the fault in our stars
Maybe okay will be our always.
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Heart wrenching, tragic, yet full of life, you cannot not love The Fault in Our Stars.

PS – The movie is pretty good too. But the book certainly has more depth.

4. We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)

We Were Liars is a modern take on suspense novels. If you’re bored of all those mushy YAs and are looking for something light yet engaging, then this is what you should be reading.

And remember when someone asks how it ends. Just LIE.

we were liars
This island is ours.
Here, in some way, we are young forever.      Source – gksisat

5. Ketchup Clouds (Annabel Pitcher)

A simple story told in a superbly effective manner, that’s Ketchup Clouds. Feels are on point. It has grief, sorrow, and misery, yet I’ll call it a rather happy read.

Ketchup Clouds
Sometimes there are good reasons to do bad things.

It’s about a fifteen year old girl, Zoe and her secret. She finds a way to share it with a criminal on death row, and shares her tale of love and betrayal. It is witty and the bouts of humor are more than welcoming!

Have you read any of these? Liked them? Share it in the comments section below.

Love!! XOXO

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