Stila 'In The Light' Palette Review

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Hi lovelies,

This has to be one of my most awaited posts. While I was in a phase to decide whether I should buy any one of the Naked palettes or the Stila In The Light palette I was really confused. While I really like the Naked palettes, when it came down to choosing just one (was it even fair?) out of the two I went for the Stila palette. But why? While I personally think Urban Decay Naked palettes are gorgeous and have a total of 12 eye shadows (along with the applicator brush) as compared to Stila In The Light palette which has a total of 10 eye shadows (but hey it has a beautiful eye liner too) I just believe the Naked palettes are not worth the hype (do you agree?) Moreover, I personally believe not all the shades in the Naked palettes are workable for me. I am someone who would prefer more matte, neutral eye shadows than shimmery, metallic ones and In The Light palette seemed to be the better option, hence the decision.

So - I recently purchased Stila In The Light eye shadow palette given that it had been on top of my eye shadow palette list for the longest time. Stila is a brand I am not too familiar with, I haven't used any other products from this brand which makes this palette my first purchase. When I looked into Stila's profile it appeared to be 'a carefree, whimsical cosmetic brand that is as fun as a fantasy, as individual as a signature and as inspiring as a dream'. The palette comes in a pinkish-brown cardboard packaging which I initially thought was not too practical until I actually held it in my hand. Not only are the eye shadows fitted nicely in the packaging it is very light weight! I can keep it in my hang bag without the extra weight. The packaging also makes it easy for those who are on the go and would prefer to carry less (light!). When you open the palette, the lid of which is loosely attached with a magnet to protect the eye shadows, you also get a nice, wide mirror.

Stila 'In The Light' Palette
Stila 'In The Light' Palette
Stila 'In The Light' Palette
Stila 'In The Light' Palette
Stila 'In The Light' Palette
Stila 'In The Light' Palette

This palette is a beautiful collection of Stila's award winning eye shadows in wearable neutral shades. There is a total of 10 eye shadows with a combination of matte and shimmer finish with 6 shimmery shades and 4 matte ones. Both cool and warm undertones therefore there is something for everyone in this palette. All the eye shadows are beautiful but the best part is the combination of these which can be used to transform any daytime look using the neutral eye shadows to a glamorous night time look using the gorgeous shimmer ones. You would not believe me until you look at this palette for yourself. The eye shadows are so smooth to work with and would glide easily on your eyes especially the shimmer eye shadows which  are essentially more pigmented than the matte ones. I love the soft texture of Luster and Night Sky. Upon application there is zero sparkle on my cheeks and no fall outs which is such a plus point. I also like the fact that the shimmer shades are non-frosty and non-metallic, two type that I never really preferred. Let's talk about the individual shades.
Bare I believe is the perfect base color, anything light might look chalky and unnatural. Kitten is Stila's cult favorite a beautiful champagne shade with a hint of pink. It can work beautifully as a highlighter. Bliss is a rosy neutral for the crease. Sunset is a beautiful copper eye shadow which is more towards the pinkish tone. Sandstone is a gorgeous matte cocoa brown which goes with every eye color and works great in the outer corner of the eyes. Bubbly is a beautiful, soft, dreamy pale golden highlighter which brightens up the eyelids nicely. Gilded Gold is a golden bronze shimmer shade. Luster is a dark brown shade which has a matte finish to it but has a beautiful understated gold shimmer in it as well. I never thought I would like Night Sky but it is a gorgeous grey blue that can be worn alone or layered with brown for a more muted blue. Ebony is your traditional matte black great for smokey eyes or setting your eyeliner. 
Stila 'In The Light' Palette
Stila 'In The Light' Palette
Clockwise
Bubbly 
| Glided Gold    //    Bliss Sunset     //    Sandstone Ebony    //    Bare Kitten    //    Luster Night Sky
Not only this, the palette also includes an exclusive Chocolate Brown Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel and an 8-page look book with details of how-to tips like Midnight Dream to Smokey Luster. So there you have a beautiful palette with a wide range of shades to work with along with an eyeliner. The pan size is pretty generous and great value for money. I cannot be more content with this purchase. I am absolutely in love with this palette and cannot recommend you enough.

♥ Have you tried any of the Stile 'In The' palettes?

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Available online at £ 25.00 / US $ 39 
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Best Beauty Advent Calenders 2014

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Hello Lovelies!

Fall is here in full bloom, the air crisp and nights chilly. We love lighting scented candles up in the evening for that extra cosy feeling and coffee is always a delight. While we enjoy trees turning their leaves to majestic colors of rust, yellow, brilliant red and all kinds of shades of brown one thing is for sure, it is time to start thinking about Christmas! While the tradition of advent calenders and countdown to anticipate Christmas is not new, from paper calenders to chocolate to winter magic, all of these wonderful counters make the Christmas festivities even more enchanting. We all need to start somewhere so I thought, being a beauty and lifestyle blogger that I would start by shortlisting the best Beauty Advent Calenders for this year. I really cannot decide which one is the best as all of the below are such a treat but maybe I would go for the Selfridges Enchanted Christmas one. Almost all of these brands released advent calenders last season which were a massive hits with all being sold out hence the competition. 
Which one would you pick? 


Benefit Cosmetics | £ 60
The Benefit Cosmetics advent calender is back and this time it is a candy-coated countdown. It is packed with mini me's of the brand's best sellers and beauty accessories. So adorable! 
Available at benefitcosmetics.co.uk and debenhams.com from 16th October. 




The Body Shop | £ 50
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Countdown to Christmas in skin-loving style with The Best of The Body Shop Advent Calender. This extra special treat features a beauty surprise behind every door. Not only this, every calender and specifically selected gift sold, a donation goes to the charity War Child enabling a child in war affected country to attend a class.
Available now. 




Selfridges | £ 85
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Forget chocolate! The best selling Selfridges beauty advent calender is back this year filled with 24 luxurious miniature treats to guarantee a beauty filled festive season and definitely a must-have for all beauty fans. The 2014 calender features a spell book design evoking Selfridges Enchanted Christmas theme.
Available now.




Jo Malone | £ 250
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The most expensive beauty advent calender yet and bursting with little luxuries, the Jo Malone beauty advent calender is pure indulgence. Behind each door of the brand's Georgia townhouse you'll find the likes of colognes and body creams that would leave you feeling like a million dollar all year round.
Available at Harrods from 20th October & nationwide in UK from 10th November. 




Ciate | £ 49
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Step into the splendour of holiday season with this coloured filled countdown. Be swept away with extravagant 24 piece mini nail collection hidden behind each window of this fairy tale worthy gift set. Ciate's Mini Mani Manor advent calender includes 17 of Ciate's most popular shades including Mistress, Amazing Gracie and Cupcake Queen, five exclusive textured polishes, one exclusive full size Paint Pot and one set of festive nail transfer. Step inside the wonderful Mini Mani Manor and start your Christmas with Ciate!
Available now.



Liberty£ 149

Think NARS to Diptyque, Dermalogica to Laura Mercier, front of this luxury advent calender depicts the iconic London department store while inside the drawers house luxury beauty treats for you. 
Available in store and at liberty.co.uk from November. 





L'Occitane | £ 45

Well it's not 24 but 13 Pampering Treats from Provence. Why? In Provence, it is a holiday tradition to have 13 desserts on a holiday table. Before or after Christmas this is a luxurious way to celebrate the season. Expect the ultimate in L'Occitane loveliness, sensual fragrances, body and skincare surprise are pure presents in their own right. 
Available at loccitane.co.uk from 3rd November. 




NO 7 | £ 35
Worth a whopping £ 130, this gift of 25 pressies is packed with skincare and makeup must-haves for the festivities. This also include so of the big sellers including the iconic Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream.
Available on Boots store and online from 29th October.


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Happy October 2014!

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Things I plan to do this Autumn!

Be outdoors
Host a bonfire
Drink apple cinnamon tea
Bake walnut cake
Visit a pumpkin patch
Explore local festivals 
Go on a road trip
Do something crafty
Explore autumn colors
Go hiking
Watch a sunset
Have a board game day
Lots of photography of autumn colors
Take a dip in fresh spring water!
Paint nails in autumn inspired shades
Make dry tomato powder from fresh tomatoes


Things I love about Autumn

 Leaves changing colors ♥ Lots of cuddling ♥ Rain on the roof  ♥ Preparing for Christmas ♥ Freshly baked walnut cake  Apple Cinnamon tea ♥ Movies & popcorn on Friday nights ♥ Soup for dinner ♥ Warm porch lights  Spice lattes ♥ Hot chocolate with brownie ♥ Scented candles ♥ Scarves & mittens ♥ Apple picking  Trick or treat ♥ Corn fields ♥ Crispy mornings ♥ Cinnamon rolls ♥ Frosted rain  Full moon  Pumpkins

I have already fulfilled many from my Things I plan to do this Autumn! list.
What are you planning to do this autumn?

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Launch | Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop

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Hi lovelies..

A mermaid was spotted in Islamabad!!

Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop

Yep! On 2 October 2014 hundreds of people witnessed as it happened. Alright, relax people. It was actually an Islamabad based model - Sabeen Khan dressed in a perfectly stitched costume, sitting in a Victorian style bathing tub at the media PR launch of The Body Shop located at Centaurus Mall Islamabad.

The Body Shop recently launched Fijian Water Lotus, the latest fragrance in their bestselling Scents of The World Collection. Fijian Water Lotus Collection is an escape to the island paradise of Fiji. When these breathtakingly beautiful water lotus were discovered, these were carefully handpicked to create this delicate and unique scent. Enriched with water lotus notes and fragipani accords for a breeze of fragrance straight from the Pacific, Fijian Water Lotus is the perfect summer collection which is light and fresh.

The launch was attended by prominent socialites of Islamabad as well as renowned artists making it a mega event. Creativity was stunning, the entire store had a Fijian Island theme. With sea colored carpet, sea shells all across the store, lotus flowers midst blue chiffon curtains, blue and aqua colored lights, customized furniture and the atmosphere filled with refreshing and calming Fijian Water Lotus fragrance all around - the ambiance took your senses to white sandy beaches and blue sea of Fiji. Highlight of the event was a beautiful mermaid in the middle of the store laying in a Victorian tub, splashing this new fragrance and creating that hint of magic. Who could have sported a fragrance filled with essence of the ocean than a mermaid herself! The launch was loved by all who attended the mini-Fijian atmosphere created inside the store. The guests not only loved the theme but also sea food and coconut water. The event was successfully organized by Constantine PR, Islamabad's Premiere PR Agency.

Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop
Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop
Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop
Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop
Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop
Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop
Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop
Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop
Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop
Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop
Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop

The Values of The Body Shop have always been the heart of their business hence in continuation to this tradition "The Body Shop Acknowledgment Program" has also been initiated which aims to acknowledge the extraordinary men and women of Pakistan and their efforts which add to the values of this community. Muniba Mazari was the first female to get acknowledged via this program. At this launch event she was presented with gift hampers. Furthermore, The Body Shop Pakistan also plans to launch "Dinner With A Star Program" to spice things up! This will give their customers a chance to have dinner with their favorite celebrities so stay tuned!

Eid is around the corner and trust me you would absolutely love the range Fijian Water Lotus Flower Collection has to offer as it is perfect for day time. The range is pretty expansive with a perfume oil, a fragrance mist, an eau de toilette, a shower gel, a body butter and a body lotion. Layer on different products starting with a refreshing bath to build the fragrance. Pick up a ETD or mist for yourself and take along a beautiful gift pack for friends and family.

Fijian Water Lotus Flower by The Body Shop

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