Pink Wink: Top 5 Pink lipsticks for all skin tones

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Hi y’all!

February is the month of love and for me a pink lipstick is symbolic of love. Pink lipstick is a must have in every girl’s vanity. There are so many shades of pink – bright fuchsia, pastels, dusty rose that sometimes it becomes difficult to choose. I believe a lipstick color shouldn’t be decided by your skin tone, wear what your heart desires.

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There’s a pink for every girl!
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Here are 5 amazing pink lipsticks that’ll complement every skin tone.

1.Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Video Star

Have to start with my recent favorite. It’s a bright raspberry pink, perfect to add that pop of color. Cannot rave enough about this comfortable formulation, one of the best in the liquid lipstick category.

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Hello new favorite! You have my heart.

Price – Rs. 1650/-

2. The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid Paris Peony 

If you’re looking for an affordable yet amazing liquid lipstick, then do give this range a try. Paris Peony is a beautiful pastel pink that’ll be perfect for all Indian skin tones. The formula is light and super comfortable, doesn’t dry your lips, sets into a feathery matte – all that you can ask for in a liquid lipstick.

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A comfortable matte formula, and such a beautiful color!

Price – Rs. 645/-

3. Maybelline Lip Gradation Pink 1

Cannot complete a lipstick post without mentioning Maybelline. They have so many ranges, that you’re sure to find your perfect match.

The lip gradation has a creamy matte texture, perfect for everyday use. It doesn’t dry your lips and is comfortable to wear. Pink 1 is a beautiful carnation pink color that’s perfect for summer evenings!

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When you get amazing quality at great price, it becomes all the more enjoyable.

Price – Rs. 550/-

4. L’Oreal Paris Infallibale Le Rouge Lipstick – Unending Kiss

This one is a pale pink color with lavender undertones. For days when you don’t want something too bright yet that dash of color, Unending Kiss would be the perfect shade. It has a creamy formula that prevents it from fading. It isn’t transfer proof, but stays for 5 -6 hours.

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Such a pretty everyday shade!
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Price – Rs. 1070/-

5. MAC Please Me

Last but certainly not the least is the gorgeous Mac Please Me. It’s a pastel pink color suitable for all skin tones. The creamy matte formula is comfortable to wear and long lasting as well. It is from the iconic Matte range by MAC, so you cannot go wrong.

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Hello beautiful! 
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The perfect Valentine’s gift!

Price – Rs. 1500/- 

If you have a favorite pink lipstick, do share it in the comments below! And come back for more such interesting posts on beauty, books, and self betterment. See you soon!

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Books I’m reading for Re-Readathon 2019

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Hello y’all!

After slacking through the first month of 2019, I’m super pumped to bring out new and fresh content. So today’s post is dedicated to Re-Readathon 2019.

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10 Books that I’m reading for Re-Readathon 2019.
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Re-reading books is totally my jam! I started this last year and thoroughly enjoyed. So thought of doing it in 2019 as well. Went through my messy bookshelves and read list on Goodreads, and have finalized these 10 books.

10 books I’m reading for Re-Readathon 2019

1.Wonder –R.J. Palacio

You always need something happy and heartwarming, and this suits it all. It’s a wonderful story of friendship and family and I cannot get back into it.

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Tilli and Wonder, restoring my faith in friendship.

2. Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Have already read this for January. Was in the mood of an eerie thriller, and who better than Gillian Flynn. Highly recommend it! Although it is not for the faint hearted.

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

A re-readathon isn’t complete if I don’t read something by Khaled Hosseini. I love his writing and how it breaks your heart in a million pieces. So for 2019 it’s going to be A Thousand Splendid Suns (in all its glory).

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Cannot wait to re-read this gem.
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4. I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

There’s always space for YA on my reading list. Read this back in 2016 and don’t remember anything. So 2019 is the year to re-read this amazing gem. I plan to listen to this one on audiobook, because have heard so many good things about it.

5. Devotion of Suspect X – Keigo Higashino

Years have gone by and I need the magic of a good Japanese thriller. So Devotion of Suspect X will surely be a part of re-readathon 2019.

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For all you thriller lovers, this is a must read.
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6. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Lately I’ve been in the mood of historical fiction and what better than going back to your favorite. It’s been quite some I read this gem of a book, and I’d love to have my heart broken by The Book Thief this year!

7. Chronicles of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The first time I read this, I’ll be honest I didn’t understand it. So in 2019 I thought to make this one a part of the Re-Readathon and enjoy this amazing classic.

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Have read the book and watched the movie, but it’s now time to re-read and get back in this world. Also it is such a short book, so great for a quick read.

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A gem that deserves a re-read.

9. The Truth about Forever – Sarah Dessen

Don’t remember anything of this story, and have heard people rave about Sarah Dessen. So I though it is time to go back and give this one a re-read!

10. Paulo Coelho

I’m mentioning Paulo Coelho instead of the book, because I still have to decide which ones I’m re-reading this year. Will go with the flow and see what my heart desires. It should either be The Alchemist or The Zahir.

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You can never get enough of Paulo Coelho’s amazing writing.
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Let me know what’s on your reading list for 2019. And if you’re re-reading any of your favorite books this year! See you soon!

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2019 TBR: 19 Books I want to read this year

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Hi everyone!!

Almost 2 weeks into the New Year and I’m still confused with so many good books that I need to read this year. Every year I do the Goodreads reading challenge and for 2019 I’m aiming for 40 books. Add to that a few (5-10) re-reads. My TBR list keeps changing as per my mood, but these 19 books are for sure happening in 2019.

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Hoping to have a great reading year!

Here are 19 books that I sooo want to read in 2019. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  1. Children of Blood and Bone – by Tomi Adeyemi

Have heard the world rave about this one all through 2018, so I thought might as well find out what the hype is all about. It is a west African story set in a fantasy world full of magic, romance, and drama!

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How stunning does this look???
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  1. Summer of Salt – by Katrina Leno

The TBR list is incomplete if there isn’t any queer romance, so here’s my share for 2019. Summer of Salt is a YA story with contemporary and magical realism flavors! Its based in a beach town and will be a perfect summer read.

  1. Gemina – by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Obsidio – by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina and Obsidio and books 2 and 3 in the Illuminae Files Trilogy. I read Illuminae in 2018 and absolutely loved it. Cannot wait to dive back into this sci-fi series.

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Sci-Fi plus a lot of drama!
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  1. A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagihara

For days when I need my heart to be shattered into a million pieces, this mighty book will come handy. A Little Life is one of the top priorities for 2019 TBR.

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Finds a place on most of my TBRs.
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  1. A List of Cages – by Robin Roe

I don’t know how many TBRs have seen this one. But I’m surely reading A List of Cages in 2019. It’s a super emotional and touching story on mental health and brotherhood!

  1. The Chaos of Standing Still – by Jessica Brody

The e-book is downloaded which means this will be read soonish! It’s the perfect blend of YA and romance. A girl and a guy are stranded on an airport and their fates cross paths when their phones are exchanged. How exciting does this sound???

  1. Radio Silence – by Alice Oseman

Radio Silence has been on my TBR since the start of 2018. It’s a contemporary story about a high school girl and one fragile moment changes her entire life. I’ve heard a lot of praise about the audiobook, so that’s what I’m probably getting.

9. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This has been on so many people’s best books of 2018. It’s a story of an old Hollywood actress and her seven husbands! The premise seems quite interesting and it is so hyped, so I need to find out myself.

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So hyped up! I need to get to this one ASAP.
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10. The Poet X – by Elizabeth Acevedo

OMG so excited to read a book that’s in verse form. I’ve heard this one’s a brilliant story and the poetry is fabulous. I’ve got my copy and planning to hear it on audiobook as well, because that’s highly recommended.

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How stunning is this cover!!
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If you’re looking for some amazing audiobook recommendations, do check these ones out.

  1. Starfish – by Akemi Dawn Bowman

This is going to be my next read. It is a YA story based on romance and mental health, two of my favorites. It traces the story of a girl who wants to go to art school, and I’ve heard so many good things about the story and the writing style!

  1. A Spark of Light – by Jodi Picoult

Haven’t read something by Jodi Picoult in a couple of years and this one seems to be an emotional ride. True Jodi Picoult style where the heart and head is always in a conflict!

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This cover has my heart!
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  1. One True Loves – by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One can never have enough love stories on their TBR and I’m surely devouring this one this summer (fingers crossed though). It’s sad, emotional, and so romantic; all that I need with a Pina colada maybe!

  1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Eva Lavander –by Leslye Walton 

Magical realism meets lyrical prose and an abundance of pain and sorrow! This one is a beautifully written story and a lot of my favorite booktubers have raved about it, so super excited.

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Hello Beautiful!
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  1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – by Hank Green

We all know and love John Green. In fact Turtles All the Way Down was one of my favorite books of 2018. So I thought it’s time to see what magic his brother weaves through his writing. This one’s a sci-fi, thriller story, and I’m always up for it.

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Super excited to read this!
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  1. Bird Box – by Josh Malerman

People have read it, and even seen the Netflix adaptation. But I’m clearly slacking in my reading, so Bird Box needs to be read in 2019 and shivers need to be felt!

  1. Truly Devious – by Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious is a thriller that follows two timelines and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The booktube community went gaga over it in 20108, and I’m clearly late to this reading party. But then, better late than never.

  1. The Kiss Quotient – by Helen Hoang

After a lot of heavy reading, when you need a fluffy and emotional YA, this will be greatly helpful. I’ve heard nothing but praise for The Kiss Quotient and cannot wait to experience it myself.

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It’s always a good time for a steamy romance.
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  1. Salt to the Sea – by Ruta Sepetys

Lately I’ve been drawn to historical fiction a lot, so this seems to be a perfect pick. It’s a story based around World War II and I need not know more!

Let me know what are the top 3 books on your 2019 TBR in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!

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Hello Beautiful Skin: Best Skincare products of 2018

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Hello Hello!

Wishing y’all a Happy New Year! Hope you had a great start to the year. For the first post of 2019, I wanted to write something I love a lot (apart from books). And that is skincare. Taking care of our skin is so important, but we all falter many times.

These are tried, tested, and loved by me. So get your hands on these amazing products!

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The best skincare finds of 2018!

The best skincare products of 2018

1.The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Mask

Starting with my ultra favorite, TBS Brightening face mask. True to its name, it does wonders to brighten and rejuvenate dull and lifeless skin. The fine rice granules are great for gentle exfoliation!

It is a clarifying and polishing mask suitable for all skin types and is worth every penny you spend on it.

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One of my faav face masks from TBS.

Price – Rs. 1995/- for 75ml

Here are some of my other favorites from The Body Shop. 

2. Biotique Honey Water Pore Tightening Toner

Biotique is a superb budget friendly brand that has some amazing products. If you’re looking for an everyday toner, that’s not too harsh, is affordable, and does what a toner should, then do give this one a try!

Deeply cleanses and refreshes your skin, seeps deep into the pores to tighten them, and brings skin into perfect pH balance. Follow it up with a serum and night cream for a simple 3 step CTM routine.

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Shop for these amazing Biotique products this sale season.

Price – Rs. 175/- for 120ml

3. The Face Shop Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are a lazy girl’s best friend. For days when you don’t want the hassle of traditional face mask, yet want to pamper your skin – sheet masks are ideal. The serum will make your skin glowing and radiant, just what you need especially in this harsh cold.

There are so many choices available, so you can choose one as per your skin type and skin needs. Some of my favorites are – Olive, Aloe, Green Tea, Avocado, and Blueberry.

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You can never have enough sheet masks!
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Price – 100/-

4. Himalaya Purifying Neem Foaming Face Pack

For a lot of people the Himalaya Neem face was is their holy grail. I’m one of them. But I love the foaming version a tad bit more. I think its gentle on the skin. While it deeply cleanses, it doesn’t strip off the moisture and make your skin parched which is a big plus!

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Works amazingly and is affordable as well.

Price – Rs. 73/- for 50ml

5. Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream

I have the variant – Hello Beautiful. If you’re a fan of floral and fruity blends, then this is a wonderful body cream. It’s thick and gooey in the right way. Spreads evenly and gets absorbed quickly into the skin. Its richly moisturizing and comes in a travel friendly packaging, so you can easily slip it into your purse as well. It wont make your skin greasy and the fragrance lingers on amazingly!

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The name says it – Hello Beautiful.

Price – Rs. 595/- for 70g

6. Biotique Bio Seaweed Revitalizing Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel

Love this stuff! Just lightly pat around your eyes after a tiring day and it’ll feel so soothing. I wont say this is the best under eye cream for wrinkles or dark circles, but it does a great job to refresh and soothe the super sensitive under eye skin.

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When sleepless nights become a bane, this anti-fatigue gel is a boon.

Price – Rs. 199/- for 15gm

7. Gillette Venus Shave Gel – Sensitive Skin

If you’re someone like me who prefers shaving instead of waxing, then I highly recommend investing in this shave gel. It makes the shave smoother, the razor will just glide, and you can avoid cuts and rashes. It’s enriched with aloe vera extracts and makes the skin super smooth after each shave!

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Say yes to silky smooth skin with Gillette Sensitive Shave Gel!

Price – Rs. 225/- for 195gm

Let me know your favorite skincare products of 2018 in the comments below and don’t forget to share this post with your friends!

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Blogmas X: 11 Best Books of 2018

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Hi!! How’s everyone doing….

In high spirits today because guess who’s writing about her favorite books of 2018! Finally that time of the year when I let my emotions flow freely and ramble about the best books of 2018.

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Books make me happy!!!

Here are 11 best books of 2018

1.Turtles All the Way Down – by John Green

Started 2018 with Turtles All the Way Down and I haven’t regretted one bit. The anxiety rep is so good, you have to read it for that! One of the best YA books on anxiety and OCD representations, I’ve read in a long time.

It is an own voices novel where John Green has taken pieces of his OCD and anxiety and moulded them into this beautiful and poignant story.

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Turtles all the way Down has a special place in my heart and bookshelf.

2. The Astonishing Color of After – by Emily X.R. Pan

This was such a stunner! The story is about Leigh Chen Sanders, who’s certain that her mother has become a bird after she commits suicide. She travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents and finds out her mother and her culture.

It is magical realism mixed with YA and the amalgamation is seamless. You get all the feels, the writing is lush and lyrical, and the characters feel so real. Loved the way grief and sorrow is depicted in the book through colors. It’ll break your heart and then heal it in the most wonderful manner.

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Looks super pretty!
Reads prettier….
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3. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

I read this in the beginning of 2018, and haven’t stopped gushing about THUG ever since. This is one story that everyone needs to read because it’s so relevant in today’s time. The story is inspired by #blacklivesmatter movement.

The story traces Star’s journey as she is the prime witness to her friend being shot dead by a police officer. It teaches us all that each of us have a voice that matters and can make a difference, we just need to speak up.

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If there’s just one book you want to read from this list, make sure it is THUG.

4. When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanithi

OMG, if I cannot even begin to tell how much I cried while reading this book. It is a memoir of a doctor who’s diagnosed with stage 3 of lung cancer. From being a doctor to a patient himself, it talks about his strength and feelings. It touched me at a personal level because my dad passed away from cancer and I could feel that pain and every little nuance.

Also a special mention about the epilogue of the book. The words still resonate with me and are so moving, you must read it for that brilliant epilogue.

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I couldn’t function after reading the Epilogue, that’s how powerful it is.
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5. Still Me – Jojo Moyes

This one’s the third installment after Me Before You and After You. The story continues with Lou as she moves to New York to start a new life. She meets Joshua, and sees hues of her past in him. But is she brave enough to take on this new life and let go of the memories. You need to read it to find out!

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Jojo Moyes never disappoints.

When you’re craving something mushy and romantic, yet deep Jojo Moyes is the best pick. I loved all the books by her, and this one was also heartwarming and super cute.

6. Illuminae – by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

If you’re a sci-fi fan, then the Illuminae Files Trilogy will be your jam. The book is in the form of mixed media – emails, transcripts, interviews, coded messages and a lot more. This is the first book in the series and it gets you hooked. The story is fast paced and full of action. Loved it and cannot wait to continue with the series.

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Reading in the garden – pleasures of Delhi winter.

7. Little Fires Everywhere – by Celeste Ng

This one’s a strong female centric book that revolves around a family who moves into a small house of a close knit neighborhood. When one of the families tries to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle begins and the entire neighborhood is divided into two parts. It talks a lot about family secrets. Loved the writing style, the story, and the strong female characters.

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Little Fires Everywhere, a strong literary fiction!

8. Girl Made of Stars – by Ashley Herring Blake

If you’re looking for a YA book that moves you, this is what you should be reading. Girl Made of Stars is the story of twins Mara and Owen. Mara’s best friend Hannah accuses Owen of raping her, and Mara is torn between believing her best friend and twin.

Its emotional, heavy, and moving. After a long time a YA with a heavy topic struck a chord and I highly recommend this one!!

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Keep tissues handy while reading this one..
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9. Homegoing – by Yaa Gyasi

For all you historical fiction fans, Homegoing is one book you cannot miss. The story is about two half sisters, Effia and Esi in 18th century Ghana. One is sold as a slave and the other is married to an Englishman.

The story feels a lot like a non-fiction memoir, and it’s evident how much research the author did. Tracing three hundred years of Ghana through history, Homegoing is beautiful, heartbreaking, and empowering all in equal measures.

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Historical Fiction is becoming my new favv!

10. Sadie – by Courtney Summers

Sadie by Courtney Summers came out and suddenly became a phenomenon on booktube. It’s Sadie’s story as she goes on the hunt to find the truth when her younger sister is found murdered. Trigger warning for – Sexual abuse, drug abuse, pedophilia

The story is told podcast form and I highly recommend the audio book. It was a wonderful experience listening to it.

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Sad, compelling, and so moving, this is a must read/listen.
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11. Darius the Great is Not Okay – by Adib Khorram

A coming of age story of a Persian American boy who’s travels to Iran to meet his grandparents. A beautiful story about family, love, friendship, and identity. I heard the audiobook and it touched my heart in so many places. Its character heavy and transports you to Iran. Read it to restore your faith in friendship and for a feel good book!

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Such a heartwarming story this is!
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Special Mentions 

Also had to share some honorary mentions. I liked them a lot, but a tad bit of something was missing. Consider them 4 star reads.

  • Leah on the Offeat – by Becky Albertalli
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Queer romance, body positivity, and YA feels, what’s not to love.
  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • The Inexplicable Logic of my Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz
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My new favorite author of 2018.
  • History is all you left me – Adam Silvera
  • Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner

Hope you got some great recommendations to add to your 2019 TBR.

Let me know the top 3 books that you read in 2018 and share this with all your book lover friends. Also come back for the last installment of #blogmas! Bye for now.

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Blogmas IX :Christmas Cracker Book Tag

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Hello there you lovely people! Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season…

Its Christmas time and we booknerd always wish for books as gifts under the tree! Now whether you buy them for yourself, or bae spoils you, or your parents treat you, its ultimate bookish Christmas cheer that we’re celebrating.

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Missing my Santa!!
But I know he’s always with me 🙂 
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Sangria and books making my Christmas merrier.

Spreading joy and happiness with this Christmas Cracker Book Tag

A book with wintery cover.

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts (by Lucy Dillon). I need to gather courage to read this one soon though, because I know its going to be a sob fest.

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The warmth of winter sun and Romeo’s memories keeping my heart warm.

Pick a book you’re likely to buy as a present.

It’ll actually depend who am I buying this gift for, but the two picks are – The Hate U Give (by Angie Thomas) and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (by Benjamin Alire Saenz)

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This one has a piece of my heart. I love it so much!!

Pick a festive themed book

I’ll say The Forty Rules of Love (by Elif Shafak). Its heartwarming, takes you on a journey of discovering love, and celebrates the biggest festival – LIFE.

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Mornings at home!

Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace.

Well, it can be any! But from my current TBR I’ll pick Sleeping Giants (by Sylvian Neuvel). Its sci-fi, thriller, perfect for a chillin’ cozy reading session.

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This is the first book in the Themis Files trilogy!

Pick a book you want to read for the festive period.

Let’s choose a happy romance one for this – The Kiss Quotient (by Helen Hoang)

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It’s always a good time for a steamy romance.
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Pick a book that’s so good it gives you chills.

Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson). It’s a summer contemporary, but I could relate to the story on such a deep personal level that it left me sobbing and emotional!

Pick a book going on your Christmas wish list.

Its on my wish list since a couple of months now – A Little Life (by Hanya Yanagihara). Cannot wait to read it and get my heart broken into a million pieces, or so I’ve heard.

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Finds a place on most of my TBRs.
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Share your picks in the comments section below and let’s celebrate a bookish Christmas together virtually. Hope you have a great day! Love…

And yes, come back for more amazing #blogmas posts. See you soon.

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Blogmas VIII: 7 Most Disappointing Books of 2018

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Hello y’all! It’s that time of the year when I share the highlights of my bookish journey of 2018 on the blog. For this edition of #blogmas I’m sharing the most disappointing reads of 2018.

These books weren’t bad, but for me they were meh! Or maybe my expectations were so high that when they came tumbling down, the crash was heard louder than what I expected.

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Listing the top 7 disappointing books of 2018.

So here are the Top 7 Disappointing Books of 2018.

1.Genuine Fraud – by E. Lockhart

I read at the beginning of the year and it was such a disappointment. Had heard some nice reviews, so my expectations were high, but sadly Genuine Fraud was no good. It’s a mystery thriller about a girl.

I wasn’t invested in the story and was so not interested about the characters. It is told in a unique format, like it starts at the end and goes in reverse. Maybe that was a major reason I couldn’t understand it.

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Made a fraud of my emotions and fell flat!

2. The Serpent King – by Jeff Zentner

I read Goodbye Days by the same author and kinda adored it, but this one on the opposite was so bad!  It is a YA story about friendship and bonding, but I just couldn’t connect to any of the character or the plot. Add to that that the protagonist’s father is a snake handler and there’s a lot of mention about venom and snakes makes it awful! The writing was lush and lyrical, but it was too long.

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All my expectations crashed!
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3. Not if I See You First – by Eric Lindstorm

This one’s supposed to be a contemporary with a deep emotional touch. For me though, the story and the characters didn’t strike a chord. It’s the story of a blind protagonist, Parker and her life. There’s a love interest and a love story mixed with teenage drama. Just didn’t work. The story lacked feels and dragged in many places.

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Don’t go by the bright poppy cover, the inside is so bad…

4. Sometimes I Lie – by Alice Feeney

The only thing I can say after reading this one is – what just happened? That ending leaves you with so many questions in your head. I loved the premise, it is based on all lies, but the ending is so confusing. I remember finishing this one late into the night and scanning the internet for opinions to match mine.

The story is about Amber Reynolds who’s in coma, her husband doesn’t love her, and sometimes she lies. All the characters are in the grey spectrum, which I liked. The build up was amazing, plot twists on point, and then boom – the ending just nosedived.

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It was all good, until that ending! Arggghhh…..

5. After the Crash – by Michel Bussi

Why have I made all the wrong choices this year?? This one’s a thriller and starts with a bang. In a plane crash out of 169 people, 168 die and the only survivor is a 3 month old baby girl. Two families claim the girl as their grand-daughter and there begins all the action, or not really.

The story sounded so interesting and was going at a great pace, some amazing revelations were made throughout the book. But the ending was like soda, all fizz and at the end no taste. The ending just fell so flat that I felt my time wasted after reading this.

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Crashed right at the end!

6. Big Little Lies – by Liane Moriarty

Do we see a pattern here?? I and thrillers didn’t have a cordial relation in 2018. I hardly read any good ones this year. Big Little Lies was also highly recommended and talked about, but for me something was missing.

I always have an issue with the pacing of Liane Moriarty’s books. For me personally, they are too slow as a mystery thriller. You’re never on the edge of the seat or in a nail biting tense situation.

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Slow and uneventful, that’s how I’ll describe this.

7. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – by Jonathan Safran Foer

I never DNF a book, but this one changed that for me. Had to DNF it at around 55% because nothing was happening in the story. I felt los and couldn’t connect to the protagonist at any level.

The story is about a boy (a prodigy) named Oskar. His father is killed in the 9/11 attacks and he sets out to discover the secret of the keys that he found in his father’s closet. I had such high hopes and seeing people rave about it on goodreads, I was sure to love this. But on the contrary, I was on the other end of the spectrum!

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This one didn’t strike a chord so added to DNF pile.

Let me know what’s your most disappointing read of the year and if you’ve read any of these and out opinion differs, do share your thoughts in the comments below.

And come back for more posts in #blogmas. I’m planning a best of 2018 series for the last week, so stay tuned for that! Bye…

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Blogmas VII: December Favorites

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Hi y’all! Hope you’re having a great day.

So it’s the last month and last monthly favorites of 2018. I love reading monthly favorites, have got some amazing recommendations. You guys also seem to love them, so here’s presenting December Favorites as part of #blogmas.

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Find some amazing beauty recommendations in this monthly favorites edition.

1.Huda Beauty Liquid Matte

My first Huda liquid lipstick, and I now know what the hype is all about. The formula is beautiful. Matte but doesn’t dry your lips at all. Supremely pigmented, great color pay off, and soft velvety texture – all that you need in a lipstick!

Huda liquid lipstick
Hello new favorite! You have my heart.

I have the shade Video Star, a beautiful bright raspberry pink color. Its intense pigmentation gives opaque color in one stroke! Trust me, you need to have one to know what an amazing lipstick this is.

Price – 1650/- for 5ml

2. Forest Essentials Soundarya Ultra Rich Body Lotion

If you’re someone who likes to invest in skincare, then this amazing body lotion is a must have. Enriched with the goodness of 24 karat gold and SPF 25, this one’s a great for all skin types. It comes in a handy pump packaging which is a big pro!

Forest Essentials Soundarya lotion
Smells yummy! (Just like all Forest Essentials products do)

True to its name, the consistency is ultra rich but gets absorbed quickly leaving your skin moisturized for hours. It smells of saffron and almonds, and an undertone of sweet turmeric – a lot like kesar kulfi!

Price – 2075/- for 200ml

3. The Body Shop Mango Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub

To smell as delicious as mangoes all through the year, you need this sweet sugary scrub in your life. I have to be honest, it smells a lot like peaches!

The consistency is the star – thick and granular, but not harsh. You can see the oil that deeply nourishes your skin. It’s a must have shower essential especially for winters when hot water makes your skin dry and flaky. Use it once or twice a week for super smooth skin. It comes in a huge tub that’ll go a long way, so total value for money.

The Body Shop mango scrub
TBS Mango Scrub is like Summer in a jar!

Price – 1195/- for 250ml  

4. Bath and Body Works Fragrance Mist

If you’re a fan of sweet fruity fragrances, then ‘A Thousand Wishes’ is perfect for you. Even though it’s a mist, it stays for a pretty long time. The fragrance lingers on but isn’t overpowering.

Will make for a perfect gift! That’s how I got it and am lovin’ it ever since! The size is perfect to fit in your bag and be the perfect travel companion.

Bath and Body Works mist
Kinda obsessed with this fragrance 🙂

Price – 595/- for 88ml

5. Nykaa wedding Collection Nail Enamel

I have two shades from the collection – Lovie Dovey and Pink Bloom. While the first is a bright poppy pink, the latter is like a dusty rose. Both are supremely pigmented and the staying power is great. Perfect for the wedding and party season. They’re affordable, good quality, and don’t chip easily – just what you need in a nail polish.

Nykaa nail polish
Bright and poppy colors – perfect for the wedding season.

Price – 199/- 

Let me know what you’ve been loving through December. And don’t forget to come back for more #blogmas updates. I’ve got my chai and am not lagging behind for sure!

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Blogmas VI : TBR Book Tag

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Hello y’all! The weekend is almost here and its time to cuddle up in bed with chai and book (well, when am I not doing that). For this installment of #blogmas I’m doing a book tag!

Book tags are so much fun! You get to know a lot about your fellow booknerd friends and sometimes the questions put you in a spot. It is pretty much the Rapid Fire of Koffee with Karan, but bookish version.

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TBR Book Tag for #blogmas

So brace yourself and here’s the TBR Book Tag.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Thank god for Goodreads (a booknerd’s faavv app)

If your TBR mostly print or e-books?

It’s actually a mix of both (whatever I get sasta)

A book that’s been on your TBR for the longest.

The Sense of an Ending – by Julian Barnes

A book you recently added to your TBR.

A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagihara

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Cannot wait for my heart to be broken into a million pieces by this one!
Source – the travelling bibliophile

A book on your TBR that you never plan to read.

Insomnia – by Stephen King

It’s way too long and the last couple of Stephen King books didn’t click, so this aint happening.

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

Children of Blood and Bone – by Tomi Adeyemi

Have heard so much on booktube that I want to see what the hype is all about. Its fantasy, so I’m kinda skeptical going into it, but this needs to happen in 2019.

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How stunning does this look???
Source – Goodreads

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

There’re so many. To name a few gems –

  • Unexpected Everything – by Morgan Matson (It has cutesy doggies on the cover)
  • A Spark of Light – by Jodi Picoult (those pastel hues have my heart)
  • Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends you.

The Nightingale – by Kristin Hannah

A beautiful historical fiction based in France during World War II. And this one has been praised no end, so he expectations are high!

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One of the most anticipated from the TBR Tag
Image Source – parchment girl

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.

Gemina – Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

This is the second book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy, and I cannot wait to see how the story progresses and all the sci-fi action.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

185 and adding more almost every week!

TBR Book Tag was originally created by Coffee Cocktails and Books.

Tell me what are the top 3 books on your TBR. Comment down below and you’ll make me super happy! Also guys do follow #blogmas journey. I’m posting 4 blogs a week!

I’ll see you soon with another post, until then – have a great day and happy reading!

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Blogmas V: Top 5 Nude Lipsticks you must have

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Hi lovelies! Long time, no lipstick post! So today let’s talk lipstick love.

I always say that you cannot go wrong with a red lipstick or a fuchsia lipstick, but with a nude lipstick there are high chances of going wrong. Choosing the right shade and undertone is crucial.

best nude lipsticks in India
Can never have enough nude lipsticks!

A couple shades lighter can wash you out, and a shade darker might not be the perfect nude for your skintone. The best way is to swatch and test, and another way is to take my recommendations.

Here are my favorite top 5 nude lipsticks.

1.MAC – Mehr

The favorite gets the top spot and I cannot express enough love for this beautiful shade. It’s like dusty rose meets nude, perfect for all skin tones. The texture is matte, but not like MAC Retro Matte lipsticks, so it doesn’t parch your lips. A great day wear shade that you can totally carry off to work as well!

best nude lipsticks
Such a pretty pinkish nude shade this is!

Price –1650/-

2. Maybelline Creamy Matte – Touch of Spice

If you’re someone who likes pinkish nudes, then this gorgeous lipstick is your perfect match! As the name suggests it’s a comfortable creamy matte finish. Glides easily and gives great color pay off! It isn’t transfer proof and will need touch ups.

best budget nude lipsticks
Such a pretty shade! Will suit all skin tones.

Maybelline is a great drugstore brand and the quality is amazing. The price is quite affordable, so you don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket. Also I’ve read this shade is a close dupe for Mac Twig (Cannot vouch for it, because I don’t have that shade of MAC lipstick).

best nude lipsticks in India
Affordable and beautiful, that’s Touch of Spice!
Source – amazon

 

Price – 299/- 

3. Nykaa Matte to Last Liquid Lipstick – Madras Kaapi

Madras Kaapi was among the first shades launched under the Nykaa liquid lipstick range. It’s a beautiful brownie nude, which will look super flattering for deep dusky skin tones. For light to medium skin tones this will be a light brown, something not too intimidating.

nykaa madras kaapi
Love this darker nude shade!

The formula is great, intense pigmentation, light on the lips, doesn’t smudge or budge, and is pretty comfortable. Also for the price, it is total value for money.

Price –599/- 

4. Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse – Coffee Lite

One of my favorites from the list and in the drugstore category. Have talked about this one in a couple of monthly favorites as well.

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

It’s a beautiful MLBB shade, perfect for everyday use. The tear drop shaped applicator picks up the right amount of product. It’s a lip and cheek mousse, but I personally think it works best as a liquid lipstick. The formula is pretty comfortable, doesn’t dry your lips. Just make sure to moisturize your lips well, or it might settle into lines. The color pay off is amazing, its supremely pigmented, and is affordable – so what else can you ask for??

best affordable nude lipsticks
Coffee Lite – perfect everyday shade!

Price –600/- 

5. Maybelline Lip Gradation – Muave 1

Clearly Maybelline gets a lot of love! Well, this stunner comes in a twist up form and is a great nude for almost all skin tones. Its beautifully pigmented, glides easily, and looks stunning. For the affordable category, this is a must have. You can even mix this with your dark berries and burgundies to lighten them!

top 5 nude lipsticks
Maybelline’s lipstick game is always strong!

It isn’t transfer proof and the staying power isn’t too good. So if you don’t mind touching up your lipstick, give this one a try!

best nude lipsticks for Indian skintone
Has my heart! Quite literally.

Price – 550/-

If you have a favorite nude lipstick, do share it in the comments below. And I’m hoping you’re following the #blogmas journey.

There’s a lot more amazing content planned, so do come back. And have a wonderful week ahead. Bye!

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