The Little Shopper – One Stop Shop for Every Parenting Need!

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A child’s laughter is the sweetest sound! As a parent, you’d go to any extent to keep your children smiling, wouldn’t you? Then why not start at the beginning, with authentic advice regarding pregnancy and parenting, from the experts themselves? Be perfect parents from the word go!

How, you ask? The newest kid in the online marketplace, The Little Shopper, is here for you! From maternity wear to accessories by reputed brands like House Of Napius, Mama Couture, Inner Sense and Farlin, all your needs have been taken care of. After all, the mother-to-be must focus all her attention on the soon-to-arrive little one and leave the worries for someone else to handle!

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It is a well thought-out website, with a carefully curated collection. Instead of browsing regular e-commerce websites for hours – let alone stepping into a store – you can simply take your pick on The Little Shopper. Save time and breathe easy!

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Cradle your baby in a bedding set, replete with pillows and dress them in the cutest apparels by top brands like Tiny Toddler, Liz Jacob, The Blue Bus Store and more! The website has it all – from feeding accessories to diapers – so you don’t have to step out to buy baby essentials!

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Navigating the site is extremely comfortable. Every tab clearly labels what to expect with each click. With best of what a parent needs to own and know, The Little Shopper offers everything from a pin to a plane under one roof! Toys for the boys and hair accessories for the pretty girls, down to tiny footwear for those tiny, happy feet – the list is exhaustive! Shopping has never been this fun before!

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Come summer, your fashionable tiny tot will raise a fuss for a great new wardrobe. To comply with these most adorable demands, The Little Shopper also has a special Summer Collection for the kids! It’s something you won’t want to miss!

Speaking of special, mothers are precious, aren’t they? To honor these strong, beautiful women, The Little Shopper is celebrating Mother’s Day with an amazing offer this May. Everyone who signs up will receive a free cash voucher of Rs. 3,000!

With their handpicked collection of the choicest Indian & international baby, kids and maternity brands, along with credible parenting information vetted by experts, you wouldn’t need to look elsewhere! So, the next time you require anything for your children, you know where to look!

(This blog post is part of a campaign at Blogmint.)

Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte Lip Tint – Raving Red – Review

 

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Kajal has been the only makeup item I’ve owned for a very long time but I decided to break the monotony the instant I saw Kareena Kapoor sporting two vibrant shades in Lakme’s recent Absolute Lip Pout advert. So, I went ahead and got myself a Raving Red; after virtually trying it out on the Lakme Makeup Pro app to amazing results! The range comes in 6 gorgeous matte colours, which mostly comprises pinks and reds. I was super excited to try it out as matte is more ‘my thing’ than gloss.

Launched during the Lakme Fashion Week 2015, each stick is priced at Rs. 650 for 3.5 grams. Last season it was all about gloss but this time, matte’s taken centre stage with these 6 exciting shades:

  • Magenta Magic
  • Pink Fantasy
  • Raving Red
  • Starlet Red
  • Tangerine Touch
  • Victorian Rose

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Let’s start with the playfully coloured packaging. The chubby crayons come with a body that has the same matte colour it contains inside, along with a silver cap. They’re retractable and don’t need to be sharpened. The thought of sharpening any product breaks my heart because of the amount of wastage, so this is a definite plus for me.

I like the fragrance, though that’s completely subjective. It lasts for about 3-4 hours after which the colour starts to fade and leaves a little tint which means you have to re-apply. By personal experience, it isn’t very easy to apply and doesn’t quite glide on like a dream. It isn’t as smooth as I’d imagined and those with dry lips definitely need to exfoliate and moisturize before application. It is matte and therefore has a drying effect. You may need to dab on a little bit of lip balm before applying, if you have very dry lips.

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I wasn’t as pleased with the swatches as after applying to the lips. The colour turns out really well! It’s fairly well pigmented and leaves a lovely tint (as the name suggests) in one swipe. It does require a reasonable number of swipes though if you want a deeper shade. Speaking about the colour I have, Raving Red is a subtle shade of red; if you’re not one who likes the bright blood-red kind, this one’s for you. It gives a certain amount of brightness to my face and adds a pop of colour to my usually understated sense of style. It also transfers a bit.

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All in all, it delivers on most of its promises. The colour is vibrant, it has a matte finish, the colour pay off is really good, it doesn’t require sharpening. In my opinion, the application was not as quick, easy or comfortable as claimed. Seems the product isn’t quite meant for people with dry lips. There’s a little scope of improvement there so as to not let a portion of Lakme loyalists feel left out. I, for one, am completely loving it, woohoo! Kudos to Lakme; matte fans will love this and others may even convert 😉

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Lakme Makeup Pro App – Review

 

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In an episode of MTV’s very first season of India’s Next Top Model, the contestants were seen tip-tapping on a tablet, testing the remarkable features of the Lakme Makeup Pro app by Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (a widely trusted company whose brands Indians swear by). I was enamoured. I mean you apply makeup… but you don’t. Get what I mean? No? Wait, I’ll be glad to elucidate.

For starters, the app is free on Android. So yesterday I nicked my mom’s phone to download it. Isn’t available on iOS yet, so couldn’t get it on mine. Why you do this Lakme? *cries* It opens up in front-camera mode where your camera becomes a mirror. You can then virtually try out Lakme’s latest looks without having to drag your lazy feet to the store. You may:

  • Work on your face in real time
  • Or, simply click a picture then and there
  • Orrr, if you’re not camera-ready, you could also select a nice full-face selfie from your gadget gallery instead!

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Time to bash some misconceptions! To all those negative review(er)s –

I’ve read a lot of complaints in the Review section of the app, about certain features ‘not working’ or facial features not getting detected. Well, indeed, some eye makeup features don’t seem to work in real time mode. Try clicking a picture instead. They work fine there! Also there’s an ‘adjust’ option to make life easier. Please take some time and have a little patience. In all fairness, I did have some difficulty too. It does need slight improvement! (Psst, hey, Lakme are you listening?) However, it’s technology, something many don’t understand. It’s best left to the experts. Let’s give Lakme a break and cut them some slack, no? The app is an innovative creation after all! *applauds*

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The Pro Stylist Looks option – You have a variety of pre-set looks which can be sort by:

  • Occasion – Day time, Night out, Minimal Ethnic & Ornate traditional
  • Outfit Colour

There is also a DIY selection of makeup options to choose from:

  • Skin – To de-tan, add gloss, make it radiant
  • Face – To apply a range of blush, compact, mousse, concealer
  • Eyes – From mascara to eyeliner, kohl to kajal, eye shadow et al
  • Lips – My ‘app’solute favourite, the matte range (I’ve tried it on my pictures, which you can see below), sculpt and gloss

My favourite is the intensity adjusting option. I’m a little averse to dressing OTT and couldn’t agree more with Shahrukh Khan who says it’s better to be under-dressed than over-dressed.

You can save/share your final look and view all Lakme products you’ve used. Select your favourite ones to buy directly from their e-commerce partner. Talk about major convenience! Phew!

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I strongly recommend giving it a shot! It’s a must try!

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Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Raving Red (*random thought* It makes my teeth look whiter!)

 

Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Pink Fantasy (which happens to be my favourite)

Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Pink Fantasy (Which happens to be my favourite)

 

Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Starlet Red

Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Starlet Red

 

Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte - Tangerine (Yes, the lip colour matches the curtains. Oopsie!)

Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Tangerine Touch (Yes, the lip colour matches the curtains behind. Oopsie!)

 

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Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Victorian Rose

 

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Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Magenta Magic

The reason I instantly took to this App was mainly due to the ease of use. Honestly, I’ve always been comfortable with my no-makeup look but have been trying to ‘learn’ the basics since some time now. The Lakme Makeup Pro App was probably just the push I needed. Thanks for making the experience so wonderful!

Lakme’s sure managed to convert me. Kudos Lakme, I see what you did there 😉

The Man Bun

One insomniac night this week, lying in bed and going through my Instagram feed, I came across a picture of our very own gabru Punjabi munda, Karan Kundra in this surprising new avatar. I let-slip my phone which landed smack on my face *ouch* Hey, don’t you laugh! You would’ve done the same, it is that beautiful. Look!

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His Instagram has had regular updates in the past week with pictures of him flaunting this stunning top knot. He’s currently in Hong Kong shooting with Sana Saeed, for an all new season of Life Mein Ek Baar, on Fox Life India. So does that mean we get to see him look amazing like this on the show? Woohoo!

Honestly, I’ve disliked the long-locks look on men, I’m all for short hair. Even John Abraham’s flowing tresses at one point, couldn’t impress me. (My opinion, though you probably don’t care.) I’ve had a recent change of mind, though. There’s no denying that the few men who can actually pull it off are jaw-dropping, head turners.

See what I mean?

See what I mean?

Earlier this year, Shahid Kapoor was seen rocking the top-knot in Dubai. After the buzz cut in Haider, his lustrous mane’s all grown out and ready for Udta Punjab. (The upcoming film also stars Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh – who makes his Bollywood debut) Grow on, Shahid! No complaints hair… Err… here!

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In this exclusive photo shoot with MW (Man’s World) Magazine for their April edition, Shahid looks incredible. *phew* Is the AC in here even working?!

Is it hot, or is it hot?

Is this hot, or is this hot?

Just FYI, there’s a difference between a man bun and a top knot. The former is, simply, long hair tied back in a bun. The top knot is a combination of a man bun and an undercut where the sides are shot and the hair in the middle is long enough to tie up. They clearly aren’t meant for everyone so steer clear, unless you have the flair, flamboyance and looks to carry it off.

Speaking of panache, here you go – Hrithik Roshan wearing the man bun. What can this guy NOT do, Greek God of Bollywood that he is!

Such beauty! *cries*

Such beauty! *cries*

The word ‘God’ reminds me – Bollywood’s demigod Shahrukh Khan sported the man bun in Don. Many did not quite approve of it. Neither did I. (Just saying.) You’ve got to admit though, that SRK knows how to rock everything that’s thrown his way! There’s a reason he’s the ‘Betaj Badshah’. The King Khan. Whatever Shahrukh Khan does is cool. Just because.

Shush, no one questions the King

Shush, no one questions the King

All this drooling, umm, Googling – who said drooling? Me? Nah! – takes me back to a tiny incident that occured recently. So, there I was waiting at the bus stop, staring into space and minding my own business, when I saw two impeccably dressed men. One of them sported a beard and a super neat top bun. I can’t recollect how many buses I missed or who walked past me or where I was or even who I was, until they were out of sight. It’s crazy I know but that’s an extremely rare sight in my city.

We need more Bollywood hunks picking up this trend and NOW! I believe Ranveer Singh, with his adorable eccentricity, will carry it off with aplomb! The Pogonophile in me also believes we need a word for ‘an admirer of man buns’.

Let me know what you think about the man bun & topknot. Yay or nay? Which Indian celebrity would you love to see sporting such a hairstyle?

Till then let’s hair – hear – it for these handsome celebrities! Round of applause toh Bun-ta hai na, boss!

Bradley (Brad) Cooper

Bradley (Brad) Cooper

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf

Jared Leto

Jared Leto

Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

David Beckham

David Beckham

Aaaanddd…

Zayn Malik - Who would believe the lad is only 22 years old?

Zayn Malik – Who would believe the lad is only 22 years old?