London Dreams..

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Photos from a recent dream called  London  
London Eye





A warmly lit street on a very cold evening!
Streets of London



A memorable evening at Royal Albert Hall where we watched the
 "Classical Spectacular"..
Royal Albert Hall, London

Royal Albert Hall, London
Royal Albert Hall, London


The typical  London weather..
London weather


My favorite café for the best English breakfast! Cute & cosy. 
English breakfast at Cafe Paolo's
English breakfast at cafe Paolo's












Food, food & more food. Had the best mushroom noodle soup at
Pho - a Vietnamese restaurant at Westfield

Delicious Turkish food!
Pho Nam Rom Soup from Pho in Westfield
Westfield, London


Loved the combo of warm yellow of lamps lights & fresh green indoor plants..
Central London



Passing by Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey, London
Westminster Abbey, London
Westminster Abbey, London


Off to Big Ben & London Eye across the River Thames on a typical cold evening.
Big Ben & Houses of Parliament, London


Guess who caught my attention? 
(Scarf & jumper: H&M, Jeans: Levis, Shoes: TopShop)
River Thames, London
Big Ben, London
Big Ben, London



The very famous Trafalgar Square. Couldn't gather courage to sit on top of the lions (as if they were real lol) so I stayed close to the fountains. 
Trafalgar Square, London
Trafalgar Square, London
Trafalgar Square, London
British Museum at Trafalgar Square, London
Trafalgar Square, London


Not a bad shot of the moon with my iPhoneJ
Trafalgar Square, London
Trafalgar Square, London


Evening approaches filtered through the trees..
Evenings in London
Her Majesty's Theatre, London


And towards Leicester Square.. 
Leicester Square, London
Leicester Square, London


Piccadilly Circus billboards all lit up! At & around Piccadilly..
Piccadilly Circus, London
Piccadilly Circus, London
Piccadilly Circus, London
Piccadilly Circus, London



Had an amazing Special Hot Chocolate from Starbucks near London Bridge..Starbucks



An evening spent at London Bridge – probably the coldest night ever!
Yet it was beautiful & so romantic..
London Bridge
London Bridge
London Bridge



The most delicious muffin ever from Apostrophe.
I think this one is lemon & pear muffin.
Apostrophe, London



And the best ice cream ever from Ca'puccino in Westfield..
Ca'puccino in Westfield, London
Ca'puccino in Westfield, London






Dedicated to my loving & caring family in London...






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The Sparkler in 'Enchanting Gold' | The Body Shop

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Do you still remember the tip I gave you?
What do you do when you hear, read, & see the word "limited edition" with a product?

Yes! Go grab it!

The Body Shop "The Sparkler" in Enchanting Gold


This is The Sparkler - the name says it all! This is a limited edition atomiser by The Body Shop. I was going around in The Body Shop store as usual when I suddenly came across, behold - The Sparkler! So now I need to tell you exactly how I felt when I picked it up.

If you're a BIG fan of True Blood like myself AND have also seen the Season 5 finale can you recall what happened after Eric Northman took Russel Edgington by surprise, stakes him & takes the 1000 year old revenge? Sweet! Sookie runs out of the nightclub onto the fairy field to check onto Jason who's knocked away by fairy light & there Nora shows up too. She catches a whiff of Sookie & is.. oh enthralled! "What is that amazing smell?" Nora chases after Sookie but Eric catches her by hair & makes her swear that she won’t harm or feed on Sookie.

"But I want her.." See the longing, the desire, the thirst in her eyes. *snaps*




Okay that’s EXACTLY how I felt. So this is me in The Body Shop store & I come across The Sparkler & grab it.

Me: "What is this amazing thing?"
Salesperson: 'Maam, bla bla... bla bla bla bla...'
My Mind: 'You definitely do not need this!'
Me: "But I waaannnt it....."

And I was so right. I wanted it, rather NEEDED it. I was planning my trip to London. Never been there before, I had to get this. It was still cold & winters, London was freezing & I was really looking forward to a lot of fun & nights out. What's more dazzling that a sparkle of Enchanting Gold! The Sparkler is a spritz on highlighter & comes in a pretty clear frosted bottle with an atomiser on top. The nozzle has a cap on it to make it more secure.


The Body Shop "The Sparkler" in Enchanting Gold


To be honest, this is one of the finest, most exquisite shimmer powders I've ever come across. Enchanting Gold is a lighter gold shade & comes off really fine. The atomiser ensures an even application without getting it all over your hands & dress, great concept. I had to practice a little to get the right angle for my desired application since I was new to atomisers. It is lightly scented which feels nice & is kind of a surprise. It can be sprayed on face, hair & body. I mostly sprayed it onto my hair & arms for a mysterious hint of shimmer. I kept my makeup matte so that I do not overdo it & attention is drawn to my hair & arms too.

The best thing about The Sparkler is that it’s not loaded with glitter that transfers everywhere & to everything. It's absolutely refined & never goes too glittery. You can control the application & built it up by spraying layer after layer for more intensity. This is a great accessory for any holiday & party season but you can always keep it around for special nights out & dinner dates. The Sparkler in Enchanting Gold adds a touch of luxury & glamour to any outfit on an evening out. I can safely state that its one of my best finds, period.


 
The Body Shop "The Sparkler" in Enchanting Gold
The Body Shop "The Sparkler" in Enchanting Gold


The Sparkler is also available in Dazzling Copper. If you wish to find out more about it check out The Body Shop website.

Would you give it a try?

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Burberry Body & Per Una Gabriella | Favorite Fragrances in London

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I'm in love with  London....

It was my first time in this awesome urban, metropolitan city but I never liked any other city more than I liked London. I visited London in March when officially the city is "bedecked with early spring blooms". Unfortunately, it was pretty cold & it almost snowed one day! Spring is coming in really slow this time around in London. But that didn't stop us from going around & have a fabulous time!

I love perfumes just as I love London. Perfumes are a part of me & my personality. The are an 'invisible' fashion accessory to me. They define who I am. I have always been into buying perfumes regularly. Most of the times I use one fragrance at a time. I want to do a separate post with my favourite pictures of London but I want to start by appreciating 2 fragrances which keep me smelling sweet & fresh every day & evening I spent in London. These are:


Burberry Body
&
Per Una Gabriella

My Favorite Fragrances in London Burberry BODY & Per Una GABRIELLA

Launched in 2011 Burberry Body captures the iconic spirit of the brand in a striking sensual way. It smells luxurious & woody - just the way I like it.  It's fresh, sweet, classy, elegant, warm-floral, sophisticated. The best thing about it is that its long lasting & comes out bold on 'me'.  Model, actress & Victoria's Secret angel Rosie Huntington Whiteley endorsed this fragrance.  I couldn't help add gorgeous photos of her. The bottle is long, skinny & multi faceted, almost jewel like. I really liked the packaging which is feminine & elegant creating a feel of pure luxury. I mostly wore this fragrance at evenings when I was all dressed up for a fabulous dinner or a musical at Royal Albert Hall


I came across Per Una Gabriella while I was shopping at Westfield. I noticed this immediately at Marks & Spenser's fragrances section with the lovely packaging! First off this can make one of the best gifts. It comes in almost cheetah-like print gift box. The bottle is almost round and chunky. It has the same cheetah print 'scarf' around its neck making it one of the prettiest packaging. The fragrance is a beautiful citrus & white floral notes over a background of rich musk aroma. This fragrance is vibrant & glamorous! I wore this at daytime while I was discovering London.

My Favorite Fragrances in London Burberry BODY & Per Una GABRIELLA
My Favorite Fragrances in London Burberry BODY & Per Una GABRIELLA

Both these fragrances add little extra glamour & fun to my days & evenings in London. What a coincidence both of these fragrances are UK brands! I'm still enjoying these back home where spring is in full bloom. These will surely add to the beautiful memory that I have of London. 
 
I can't wait to be there again…
Do you have any favorite fragrance associated with a city or a place
Have you done a post on a perfume lately? Leave a link below. J  


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NOTD | Maybelline ColoRama Apple Candy and Wine Shimmer

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Spring is here..

At least in my part of the world. Weather is warm & pleasant. Trees are turning green, flowers are blooming in pretty colors. Birds are happier - robins & bluebirds. The air is filled with fragrance of fresh flower buds.

With all this drama taking place around me who cares for soft pastels?! I kicked off Spring with Maybelline Colo Rama's Candy Apple  Wine Shimmer.

Maybelline ColoRama's Candy Apple & Wine Shimmer
Maybelline ColoRama's Candy Apple & Wine Shimmer

Candy Apple  is the perfect red! It's a candy-apple like deep red. You don't need 2 coats, one coat is enough & the brush makes application even easier. The finish is glossy, elegant & ravishing. Wine Shimmer is a lovely raspberry red jelly that includes tiny specks of holographic glitter which are a little spaced out. Perfect for a hint of shimmer. I applied 2 coats of Candy Apple  & topped it off with a single coat of Wine Shimmer. 

Maybelline ColoRama's Candy Apple & Wine Shimmer


Both these gorgeous shades are part of Maybelline Colo Rama line & look absolutely beautiful & lively. If you want extra gloss finish off your nails with a single coat of Maybelline Colo Rama Clear Shine top coat like I did. 

Maybelline ColoRama's Candy Apple & Wine Shimmer


What do you think? What's your favorite shade this season?
Welcome Spring !


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