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Pantene ProV パンテーンプロブイ Nature Fusion Fullness & Life Review

Pantene ProV Nature Fusion Fullness & Life shampoo claims to revitalize and boost hair volume, which I specifically need after doing a Keratin Protein treatment. It restores shine and fullness to hair upon the loss of volume and natural gloss through constant damage. It is augmented with Cassia complex which facilitates gentle cleansing and delivery of conditioning benefits. It is paraben free and contains avocado and grape seed oil.
It comes in Pantene regular packaging with a light green cap. The bottle has a flip top that is easy to use and travel friendly. It is a light green clear shampoo. I believe that clear shampoos are better for fine hair as they don’t weigh hair down.
I got it from India and paid about $2.5 for a 170ml bottle (watch what else I got from India, here). It lathers really well and I have been using it so much that I am already half way through the bottle!!

Pantene ProV パンテーンプロブイ Nature Fusion Fullness & Life Review

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Pantene ProV パンテーンプロブイ Nature Fusion Fullness & Life Review

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Pantene ProV パンテーンプロブイ Nature Fusion Fullness & Life Review

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Pantene ProV パンテーンプロブイ Nature Fusion Fullness & Life Review

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This shampoo adds volume to my hair. I sometimes even skip the conditioner for added volume, and it still doesn’t make my hair dry,
It cleans to some extent the product build up due to hair sprays and other hair styling products. It has a nice floral scent that lingers on even after hair wash. I can feel volume and bounce after I use it. I seriouly think it lives upto its claim of revitalizing weak and tired hair with fullness and shine.
I really love this shampoo!! I regret not getting the conditioner and a back up!!

Things to do in Osaka, Japan 日本: Flower viewing at Nagai Park 長居公園

Flower viewing is a very popular activity in Japan and most of the festivals revolve around flowers, but they are not only limited to cherry blossom! Every month and season has their own distinct flower. Surprisingly before coming to Japan I never counted flower viewing as an activity, or thought of visiting parks on a weekend. It is strange how time and a particular culture can change your likes and preferences!

One of the good places to view flowers in Osaka is Nagai Botanical Garden. It is in the centre of the city on Midosuji Subway Line. They have different flowers every season, such as peony, daffodil and tulip during spring; water lily, silk flower and crape myrtle during summer; kenaf, cosmea and bush clover during autumn; and Japanese plum, sasanqua and Christmas rose in the winter. They have over 1000 species of trees & flowers and preserved local forest.

Things to do in Osaka, Japan

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Nagai Park, Osaka

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Things to do in Osaka, Japan

Beautiful rose garden at Nagai Park

Things to do in Osaka, Japan

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tassel bag

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selfie

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Japan street style

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Nagai Park, Osaka

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Spring in Japan

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Things to do in Osaka, Japan

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Flowers in Japan

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Nagai Park Osaka, Japan

Check out that driver make that victory sign!

Things to do in Osaka, Japan

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Nagai Park, Osaka

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Summer trend - tassels

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Japan street style

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Nagai Park, Osaka

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Things to do in Osaka, Japan

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Things to do in Osaka, Japan

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Well it is not a place you need to visit in Osaka as a traveller, but as a local it is a nice place to spend a few warm summer evenings and take a picture or two!

Off- the shoulder top – Stradivarius, $13, 2015;
Jeans – Zara, $60, 2014, also worn here;
Cardigan – Zara, $40, 2014;
Tassel Bag – Stradivarius, $30;
Sunglasses – Hep Navio, $10, 2014, also worn here;
Watch – Marc Jacobs, gift, 2013, also worn here;
Slip-ons – Stradivarius, $50, 2015, also worn here;

マークス & スペンサ – Marks & Spencer Magnolia EDT Review

マークス & スペンサ – Marks and Spencer Magnolia EDT is a kind of perfume that some people will like and some will not. A small 30ml bottle cost me $10 which I think is quite reasonable. This magnolia line also features hand cream, shower cream, moisture hand wash, body lotion and soap bath cream.

The packaging is very simple, nothing too fancy. I find it perfect to carry around as it is not very heavy.

This fragrance opens with a very strong Magnolia flower scent. Longitivity is weak as it stays on for maybe about an hour or so on me!! I don’t think that the sillage is good as nobody has ever noticed this perfume on me whereas, whenever I wear this I have people complementing me.

I like the scent, hope the folks at Marks and Spencer can work overtime to do something about the longitivity. Or maybe layering this scent with other items of this line might help??

マークス & スペンサー Marks & Spencer Magnolia EDT

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マークス & スペンサー Marks & Spencer Magnolia EDT

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マークス & スペンサー Marks & Spencer Magnolia EDT

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マークス & スペンサー Marks & Spencer Magnolia EDT

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マークス & スペンサー Marks & Spencer Magnolia EDT

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Kitsch Indian Products: India Circus by Krsna Mehta

I love spring, coz I think spring is nature’s way of saying lets party. Not only is there a marked change in my mood and a certain spring :) in my gait – but the colour palette of my outfits too undergo a transition in sync with a more vibrant & cheerful look.

My fashion mantra is to stick with neutral ensembles, complimented by bright & colourful accessories that cater to my kitschy tastes. Let me tell you, Japan is the land of ‘kawaii’ or cute accessories, a paradise for girls like me. Despite being so technologically advanced, they have not forgotten traditional art and craft. Whereas, Indian traditional art and designs have not been able to make the leap to fit in today’s world.

Depressed? I would have been, had I not discovered a brand called India Circus by Krsna Mehta. They’ve hit upon the magic formula which combines the correct amount of today’s modern accessories and lifestyle solutions with varied designs inspired by Mughal Royalty to the roadside chai stall, presented in an all Indian palette i.e. a blast of vibrant colours – creating contemporary-chic & kitsch Indian products!

On the India Circus website, one can not only view the range of products that they offer, from wallets to shoes, but also order, as they deliver to more than 190 countries. I can’t thank India Circus enough for sending me some of their products. Although it took me days and days to decide (I wanted it all), it took only 2 days to deliver!

My picks were Circular Notion glass mug, Lovely lampshades iPhone 5/5s cover, Retro Funk utility pouch and The mysterious flower ladies wallet. I love them all, they are cool, unique and so me. In fact, on the very day that I received my order, I carried my new wallet to work (just couldn’t wait to show off). Believe me, all my co-workers wanted to know where I got it from! And I beamed and said it is from the coolest Indian brand – India Circus by Krsna Mehta!

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

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India Circus by Krsna Mehta

India Circus by Krsna Mehta

India Circus by Krsna Mehta

India Circus by Krsna Mehta

India Circus by Krsna Mehta

India Circus by Krsna Mehta

India Circus by Krsna Mehta

Wallet, Utility pouch, iPhone cover and coffee mug – India Circus by Krsna Mehta
Dress – Mercury Duo
Top – H&M
Shorts – Uniqlo
Shoes – Charles & Keith
Sunglasses – Chanel
Watch – Marc Jacobs
Pink blazer – Shoppers’s Stop
Bracelets – Forever 21 and H&M
Bag – Armani Exchange

Best place to see Cherry Blossom さくら: Osaka Castle 大坂城

Osaka Castle 大坂城 is and will remain my favorite whether it is to see cherry blossom or color change. This year we have not been very lucky with hanami as it has been raining constantly for the last few days.  However I made it a point to visit Osaka Castle even if it was just for an hour when it stopped raining. For those who don’t know Hanami 花見 or “flower viewing” is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers.

Osaka Castle is the most popular spot for hanami other than Kema Sakuranomiya Park and Osaka Expo Park. There are about 4300 cherry blossom trees planted there! I went there for a short time which was spent in taking pictures and filming videos. So I didn’t actually get a chance to sit under a Sakura tree and enjoy beer and karage. Some people were brave enough to enjoy hanami under an umbrella but unfortunately I lack that kind of patience. However I am definitely going back again, that is, if we have enough Sun! And this time no one can stop me from picnicking under a sakura tree!

Best place to see cherry blossom: Osaka Castle

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Best place to see sakura: Osaka Castle

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Best place to see cherry blossom: Osaka Castle

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Best place to see cherry blossom: Osaka Castle

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Best place to see sakura: Osaka Castle

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Best place to see cherry blossom: Osaka Castle

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Best place to see cherry blossom: Osaka Castle

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Best place to see cherry blossom: Osaka Castle

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Best place to see cherry blossom: Osaka Castle

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Best place to see cherry blossom: Osaka Castle

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Shirt – Uniqlo, $30, 2015;
Jeans – Zara, $60, 2014;
Blazer – Shopper’s Stop(Mumbai), $19 on sale, 2012, also worn here;
Shoes – Stradivarius, $50, 2015;
Sunglasses – GU, $7, 2015, also worn here;
Bag – Forever 21, $35, 2015:

Clinique クリニーク Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-on Review

I know I have said this before here, but I take my words back!! I have found my best ever deodorant/antiperspirant and it is クリニーク Clinique Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-on. Clinique claims it to be high performance non staining formula. It provides all day protection from wetness and odor. I don’t know if I was sleeping under a rock because I only got to know about it a month back when I googled best anti-perspirants in Japan. Apparently Japanese people don’t sweat a lot so the choice of deodorants is pretty limited here(I get my stock from India). Coming back to this product, it is an unscented gooey product which retails at $22 for 75ml here which is expensive for a deo. But considering the quality, effectiveness and amount of product I feel that the price is ok.

Clinique クリニーク Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-on Review

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Clinique クリニーク Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-on Review

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Clinique クリニーク Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-on Review

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Clinique クリニーク Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-on Review

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Clinique クリニーク Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-on Review

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Clinique クリニーク Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-on Review

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Clinique クリニーク Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-on Review

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It doesn’t make under arms dark. I think it controls sweating and body odor 90% of times. But sometimes when heavy movement is involved I find my underarms sweaty!! Also in winter if I have many layers on I feel this product doesn’t help me at all!! The key is to apply it the night before sleeping and let it work. But obviously I forget to do it all the time. I just apply it in the morning and that works for me.

The only downside I feel is that it is expensive and it takes about 5 minutes to dry. You should allow it to dry because if you get dressed before it dries, it might leave a white stain. Also many people like unscented products but personally I would prefer some kind of scent.

I will definitely get it again and again unless it is discontinued. It is the best anti-perspirant I have ever come across.

Forever 21 フォーエバー21 Love and Beauty Gel Eyeliner Review

Forever 21 フォーエバー21 takes advantage of their long lines….trust me I have been sucked into buying on impulse, waiting for the billing. And this is one of those random purchases. But just to make myself feel good….this Forever 21 フォーエバー21 Love and Beauty Gel Eyeliner was not even for $1!  Although it is for $9 on Forever 21’s website!

Forever 21 Love and Beauty Gel Eyeliner

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Forever 21 Love and Beauty Gel Eyeliner

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It comes in a shallow glass container with a screw on lid . Packaging looks pretty decent for a Forever 21 product.
It is very black pigmented colour. It has a thick and dry texture. It is more on a creamy side than gellish. It is very dry so sometimes it can be difficult to spread it. It doesn’t glide smoothly like this during application.

Forever 21 Love and Beauty Gel Eyeliner

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Forever 21 Love and Beauty Gel Eyeliner

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Forever 21 Love and Beauty Gel Eyeliner

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I read in Seventeen magazine that “This amazing eyeliner is crazy creamy, so it won’t drag and stick when you are working to create that perfect cat eye. Plus once it dries, it’s almost impossible to rub off.” I can’t disagree with this more. It smears easily. It lasts for 5-6 hours but disappears from the corners. And if I ever touch my eyes by mistake there is no chance that it will remain there. And don’t ever do the mistake to wear it on your water line, It will smudge within an hour.
Although it is really cheap I will not purchase it again. But is a great product for those who want to enter the world of gel eyeliners!!

Korean Makeup Review : ホリカ ホリカ Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Primer SPF 15

ホリカ ホリカ Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Primer SPF 15 is a sebum control primer that controls overflow of sebum and changes the skin from an oily skin to a soft skin. Holika Holika is a Korean makeup brand. This product primes and mattes. It doesn’t contain mineral oil, parabens, talc, vaseline and ethanol. It contains cotton extract that has emollient properties that can soften rough skin leaving it smooth and silky; Iceland glacial milk that has skin hydration and anti-ageing properties and complexion brightening effect. It also has green tea extract which is an anti-inflammatory agent that reduces and heals skin problems and inflammations and last but not the least calamine that calms down irritated, oily and acne prone skin. And to add on it it has SPF 15. Now with this long list of outstanding ingredients you would think that this is the skin saviour you had been waiting for all your life!! Don’t get too excited, just read on..

 Korean Makeup Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Primer

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 Korean Makeup Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Primer

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 Korean Makeup Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Primer

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 Korean Makeup Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Primer

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 Korean Makeup Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Primer

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 Korean Makeup Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Primer

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 Korean Makeup Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Primer

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 Korean Makeup Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Primer

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The packaging is to die for. It is one of the main (actually the main) reasons why I picked it up. It is a white thick plastic bottle with turquoise and salmon colour- very cute and girly. There is a cotton icon that winks at you. But as the bottle is totally opaque you can’t see the amount of product left inside.There is a pump with a thin cap..but It is actually bad as I took this on my trip to India and the primer spilled all inside my make-up pouch and the cap didn’t prevent it from spilling. I got it from Korea as it was 9 $ for a 30 ml bottle which I think is quite cheap for a primer. Also I loved the scent – it’s just like a baby powder.
I didn’t like this primer because it was really difficult to blend it in. It is a thick white colored liquid and actually goes on really white. And although I had moisturised my face before applying this primer..it stuck to my dry patches and accentuated them even more. I didn’t think it improved my skin texture infact made it worse. My nose area got oily even though it had literally sucked in every drop of moisture from my face at the time of application. Also my cc cream and make up looked cakey on it. And the worse part.. I made the mistake of wearing it for a dinner and I turned out to look like a white ghost in the pictures (with and without flash!!)

I had heard a lot of good things about it but unfortunately it didn’t work for me!! Definitely will not re-purchase.

Things to do in Japan in Spring: Plum Blossom at Osaka Castle 梅大 坂城

Every year in Spring I visit Osaka Castle to view Cherry Blossoms, it’s a ritual that I absolutely enjoy. Believe it or not but only this year I discovered the beauty of Plum Blossoms and although every one tried to convince me that plums grow on cacti, once my mind was made up, I made my way to the Plum Grove at Osaka Castle which showcases over a 100 varieties!
Plum Blossom is associated with the start of Spring and Osaka Castle truly heralds in my favorites season with the smorgasbord of whites, pinks, reds and magentas on display.
Coming to think of it, the darker & more vibrant hue of pink of Plum Blossom make for a better background for my pics vs. the delicate pink of the Cherry Blossom. Hmm … or does it? So many options, so many choices … it makes a girl’s life so complicated … anyways I am convinced to visit Osaka Expo Park, I heard the plum blossoms there attract visitors from places far away.
So folks bear with me as the coming weeks will be an overdose of flower power!
P.S. a piece of Trivia, Plum trees actually originated in China and were brought to Japan prior to the Nara period.

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Plum Blossom: Onset of Spring in Japan

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Plum Blossom: Onset of Spring in Japan

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Plum Blossom: Onset of Spring in Japan

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Plum Blossom: Onset of Spring in Japan

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Plum Blossom: Onset of Spring in Japan

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Plum Blossom: Onset of Spring in Japan

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Plum Blossom: Onset of Spring in Japan

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Chanel Boy bag

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Chanel boy bag

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cool sunglasses

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how to style sneakers

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Osaka Castle plum grove

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Chanel boy bag

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Osaka castle plum grove

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Osaka Castle

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Osaka Castle plum garden

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Sweater – GAP, $30 on Sale, 2014, also worn here;
Pants – H&M, $25, 2014, also worn here;
Bag – Chanel, gift, 2014, also worn here;
Coat – Bershka, $50 on sale, 2015;
Sneakers – Nike, 121$, 2008, also worn here;
Sunglasses – GU, $7, 2015;

Best lip balm for smooth lips: Maybelline New York Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balm メイベリン ニューヨーク リップクリーム エレクトロポップ

It was very kind of Maybelline Japan to send me 3 lip balmsfrom their new Electro Pop range. I am not sure if they are new in market, but I hadn’t seen them much before in Osaka. The shades I have are Pink Shock, Oh! Orange and Fierce N Tangy. I guess there are a total of 6 shades in this collection but only 3 launched in Japan. They retail for $6 here so roughly double than in India!!!

Maybelline claims to give a sheer jolt of neon color with electric color pigments in exclusive lip renew formula. They provide 8 hours hydration. They are enriched with Botanical Cell Repair Concentrate and ingredients like honey, shea butter and collagen. They are super hydrating and glide on smoothly on lips. They are more creamy and glossy than other Baby Lips I have tried in the past!

Packaging is super cute with transparent caps with big bright bold written on them. Plastic cap is very sturdy and because of that they have become my handbag staple as I can just throw them in casually and they don’t break. They smell nice which is added benefit; however the scent goes away in a few minutes. They are not sticky at all. They have no shimmer particles, just shine that makes my lips look plumper than usual. But the best part is that they have SPF:)

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balms

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Maybelline New York electro Pop Lip Balm

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Maybelline New York Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balms

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Maybelline New York Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balms

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Maybelline New York Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balms

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Maybelline New York Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balms

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Maybelline New York Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balms

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Maybelline New York Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balms

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I love them all! Pink Shock is a bright pinkish berry kind of color. It leaves a nice tint even after it is gone. I can build up color from sheer to opaque. I don’t even need to wear a lipstick over that. Fierce N Tangy is the non tinted one. I expected that it will look very neon on lips, but it is just a subtle sheen and adapts to the color of my lips. Oh! Orange is a very sheer orange and not that pigmented but I feel that it is a nice base for my orange lipsticks.

Although they don’t stay on for 8 hours but they have made my lips very smooth and moist with constant use. My lips remain moisturized 24/7. I am not sure if they will be available always or are just limited edition; therefore I am going to stock up on them. What about you?