MUA(Makeup Academy) Heaven & Earth Eyeshadow Palette - Review, Swatches

MUA Heaven & Earth Palette Review, Swatches

I spend hours together sometimes looking for the right makeup product. This process is seasonal.. Seasonal?? Yeah, I suddenly look for only foundations and I read many blogs, reviews & buy foundations. This phase lingers for about a month. Next starts the eye shadow fever and then something else will crop up for sure.. Is this normal? Who knows but I am happy at the end of the day.

Today I bring to you a very affordable eyeshadow palette with lovely neutral shades – MUA Heaven & Earth Eyeshadow Palette. The name of the palette is so unique and the colors range from pale highlighters to dark brown. As you might have read it here, I got this palette as a gift from my brother from London..

MUA Heaven & earth eyeshadow palette review & swatches, MUA Heaven & earth review
MUA Heaven & Earth Palette Review

MUA Heaven & Earth neutral shades swatches & review
MUA Heaven & Earth Neutral eyeshadows

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Kurumba Maldives Honeymoon - Day 3 and 4

Kurumba Maldives Honeymoon –Day 3 and Day 4

Two days in paradise had just whizzed by and after the tropical storm had blown its course we were set for 2 bright and sunny days with occasional light rainfall in the evenings. 

Getting up early in the morning to wait for the sunrise , a slow romantic  morning walk around the island enjoying the views , a quick swim and amazing buffet breakfast at Vihamana ( along with special attention from Mr. Fernando ) had become our daily routine. 

Kurumba Maldives Honeymoon- Activities on Day 3 and Day 4 :

Water Sports Center :  

Neither hubby nor I have earlier done much of water sports activities prior to the experience in Kurumba Maldives and hence probably cannot compare, but we really did find the watersports centre top notch. There are a variety of activities to suit the novice as well as the experienced and it was an amazing just to try out the various water sports. Kurumba has both motorized and non motorized water sports  ( many Maldives islands do not have motorized water sports and also have special packages for beginners to get a hang of water skiing or wake boarding or knee boarding.

Kurumba Maldives Trip Tips blog- Maldives travel blog

NYX Single Eyeshadow ES 109 SUNRISE Review,Swatches

Nyx Single Eyeshadow 109 Sunrise- Review & Swatches

This is my first experiment with NYX eyeshadows.I have read from several blogs that NYX offers equivalent shades & quality eyeshadows as MAC but at a lesser price. Hmmm.. that's interesting..So lets find out if all the hype around it is true or false... ?

NYX Single Eyeshadow Review-NYX Cosmetics
NYX Single Eyeshadows- Review & Swatches

About NYX Single Eyeshadows :

  • Delivers intense color, silky-smooth application and long-lasting wear
  • Finely milled powder formulation glides on like cream
  • Unmatched selection of colors and textures

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cha Cha Cherry Frost Lipstick- Review, Swatches

Lets all get on the ferry,
Munch on some berry 
And listen to a story,
of Ms.Revlon Cha Cha Cherry,
Dear friends Do not worry,
She s here to make you merry, 
If you have a query,
Do share yr comments & finally I am sorry ( for trying to be  poetic :P) &
Hope it wasn't very scary !!!!

Yes I know its gone overboard today(a bit ??), but its nice to start off the New year this way :) Today I'm reviewing Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick in the shade Cha Cha Cherry.I personally like Revlon because of the quality it offers,though being a drugstore brand. Cha Cha Cherry is a pretty coral pink color that compliments Indian skintones very well.I was looking for a pink  lipstick with warm undertones which is when I stumbled upon this shade at a Revlon Counter in Lifestyle a year back.It was love at first sight when I tried the shade on me & bought it immediately.Now let us analyse Revlon Cha Cha Cherry...

What does Revlon have to say about the Super Lustrous range??

Revlon super lustrous lipstick cha cha cherry review

Infused with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness. Find your lip color amongst a dazzling array of 82 shade in 4 fabulous finishes of Matte, Pearl, Crème and Shine.Exclusive LiquiSilk formula with mega-moisturizers seals in color and softnes Silky-smooth, creamy texture Stay true color wears evenly."

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cha Cha Cherry- My take on the product:

The Super Lustrous range of lipsticks are a much raved about products of Revlon..There are about 72 shades to choose from(Husbands/Fathers/Brothers beware !!!!!) and the shades are divided into finishes such as Frost, Creme,Pearl and Matte. Recently another 10 more shades have been introduced & the Frost finish has been removed & replaced with Shine.

Revlon super lustrous lipstick review- Revlon Cha Cha Cherry Swatch

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cha Cha Cherry- Packaging:

Revlon Cha Cha Cherry comes in a black shining case with a golden band in the centre and the name REVLON printed on it.The shade number, name & finish is printed at the bottom of the lipstick and the top portion has a transparent part where the shade can be seen & identified.Though it looks a bit old fashioned/traditional it is one of the cutest lipsticks in my vanity.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cha Cha Cherry Frost Lipstick Review


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cha Cha Cherry- Shade: 

Cha Cha Cherry is a nice reddish pink shade in the tube as well as when you swatch it on yr arms or apply it on your lips.We have all heard of the phrase Appearances can be deceptive but Cha Cha Cherry doesn't deceive us in anyway with respect to the shade.According to me, this shade will suit both warm toned & cool toned skintones.
                           Revlon super lustrous cha cha cherry shade

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cha Cha Cherry- Color Payoff & Texture:

Revlon Cha Cha Cherry is extremely pigmented, one swipe is enough to give us the off to office look... but when you want to wear it for functions or parties you can layer it.The finish reads frost but I feel this particular lipstick should come under creme finish because it glides smoothly on my dry lips and gives a moisturised effect.The lipstick wears off in about 1 to 2 hours with eating in between but it settles into the fine lines & gives a horrible effect after few hours. I make sure I wear some lipgloss or lip balm on top of it to prevent this. I find this settling into fine lines & uneven wearing off a major fallback with Cha cha Cherry.

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Revlon super lustrous lipstick pigmentation-staying power

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cha Cha Cherry- Quantity & Price:

The total weight of the product is 4.2 gms and the price is Rs 550.For the quality it offers, the price I feel is lesser than other brands.

Pros of Super Lustrous Range:

1: Wide range of shades available

2: Moisturizing property of the lipstick

3: Classic & Compact packaging

4: Price is relatively cheaper than other brands for the quality it offers.

Pros of Cha Cha Cherry:

1: Pretty shade ; choice for bridal wear too

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cha Cha Cherry- Cons:

1: Settles into fine lines if my lips were not moisturised well.

2: Doesnt wear out evenly.

3: Transfers very quickly.. I applied it & went for breakfast & it was almost gone :(

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cha Cha Cherry- Swatches

Revlon super lustrous lipstick cha cha cherry swatches

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cha Cha Cherry-Overall Verdict : 4/5

Revlon Cha Cha Cherry does moisturise our lips and make you look so cherryshable(!!!!) but after an hour completely vanishes from my lips.If Revlon plans to change Cha Cha Cherry's formula , I might repurchase it though :)

If anyone wants to purchase this beautiful shade, you can buy it here..

Kurumba Maldives Honeymoon - Day 2

I have read in many travel blogs that words cannot describe the beauty of the rising sun when its first rays strike the beautiful waters of Maldives. So we began day 2 in feverish excitement, almost unable to sleep, waiting in anticipation to enjoy our early morning walk.

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Sunrise at Kurumba Maldives

When we stepped out of our beach Bungalow the first sights that greeted us was mind-blowing. Not a day has passed by without hubby and me taking a look at those snaps from that morning.  

Kurumba Maldives Deluxe Beach front Bungalow
White sandy beach outside beach bungalow

Kurumba Maldives Photos
View outside beach bungalow during morning walk

Though Kurumba Maldives is in one of the larger islands it took us only 1 hr to walk at a leisurely pace around the island. Post our walk we were ready to take a quick dip at the resort’s swimming pool. Kurumba unlike many other Maldives resorts, does not have an infinity pool, but the in house pool is large and good to burn a few calories (before you gorge on the delicious food ).

Kurumba Maldives Swimming Pool- Good place to burn a few calories.

Kurumba Maldives Honeymoon Breakfast Buffet @ Vihamana 

We had booked for a B&B package and hence the buffet breakfast was complimentary with the room. The breakfast spread was very satisfactory and had a good selection of food items for both Vegetarian and Non Vegetarians and we never got tired of the food during our stay of 7 days

Tip : It is better to choose the B &B package as this gives you the option of trying out Kurumba’s signature restaurants for dinner.  Half board and full board packages have lunch and dinner included only at Vihamana restaurant which can get a little repetitive.

Kurumba Maldives - Activities on Day 2

Glass Bottom Boat: 

Kurumba Maldives has a lot of inhouse activities/excursions and the details of the same is communicated via a newsletter the previous day, post which you can reserve your participation. Some activities repeat itself 2-3 times per week and you can chose the same based on weather conditions.

The day was bright and sunny and we decided to try the glass bottom boat tour around Kurumba Maldives. This is the best alternative for non divers / snorkelers to get up close with the brilliant aquatic life in the Kurumba reef as the glass bottom boat offers clear views of the varied marine life. The excursion is for 1 hour as the boat slowly takes you around the island and since it was a clear day we really enjoyed the experience. Definitely one to try when the sun is out.  

Kurumba Maldives- Exploring the island

Post our glass bottom boat ride we wanted to explore the island and the various in-house facilities of Kurumba Maldives.

The Sand Bar :  The beach bar is located on the opposite side of the island closer to beach bungalows 160-175 ( 2 min walk ) and they serve a  variety of cocktails and finger food to appease your hunger all through the day . Do not forget to try the cocktail of the day. 

Kurumba Maldives Beach Bar
Kurumba Maldives Sand Bar

Kurumba Maldives Beach and House Reef
Enjoying the views from the Beach Bar

Kurumba Maldives -Renewal of Vows :
Been married for long and want to reaffirm your commitment to each other then why not renew your vows in traditional Maldivian style with white sand beneath your feet and the gentle sound of the waves.  The place where the renewal of vows ceremony takes place is really beautiful and probably some day if I return would like to try it out.

Kurumba Maldives Wedding- Renewal of Vows
Renewal of Vows- Altar

Kurumba Maldives Honeymoon Package
Candlelight dinner after ceremony

More info on packages can be found here

However our outdoor activities and exploration were cut short by the huge tropical storm that hit us all of a sudden in the evening. It rained for nearly 2 hours in the evening it really was a sight to watch the coconut trees swaying dangerously in the winds.

Kurumba Maldives resort review
Storm approaching Kurumba Maldives

Dinner on Day 2 @ Kurumba Mahal:

So post our Italian fiasco on day 1 we wanted to play it safe and chose Kurumba Mahal, the signature Indian restaurant, for dinner and it did not disappoint. The ambience was excellent and the dishes that we tried were as tasty as any that we have tried in some of the better north Indian restaurants in India.

Kurumba Maldives Indian Restaurant
Outside Kurumba Mahal- Indian Restaurant

Full menu of Kurumba Mahal  can be found here

A special thanks to Mr. Fernando ( F & B ) who takes care of the Indian restaurant for making the dinner and our stay memorable.

Thus came to an end to a hectic day 2 of our stay and we just could not wait for day 3 to begin. 

Hurray !!!! Migrating to new .com domain purchased -

Finally I have been bitten by the domain bug too and purchased my domain from recently. I shall be migrating soon from to 

migration from blogger to own domain-godaddy

Really excited and  hope to see you all soon there !!!! 

Bourjois Paris Sweet Kiss Naturel Lipstick Fuchsia Ardent-Review

Bourjois Paris Sweet Kiss Naturel is one of my favorite lipsticks and the you can read my review of the same here


You might all wonder why there is a London Cosmetics Haul when Maldives Travel series had just begun.. No this was a haul my brother did for me from London.. I had mentioned in my last post about the products he had sent from London.. It was my sister in law who selected everything for me..

So here is the list of products & their pics...

The entire collection

1 : MUA Heaven & Earth Palette

MUA Heaven & Earth Palette

MUA Heaven & Earth Palette Colors

2 : MUA Poptastic Palette

London-MUA-Cosmetics-Eyeshadow Palettes
MUA Poptastic Palette

MUA Poptastic Eyeshadows

3 : NYX Single Eyeshadows

NYX violet-NYX Sunrise-Swatch-Review
NYX Single eyeshadows- Violet and Sunrise

NYX Sunrise & Violet
4 : ELF Beauty Book Eyeshadow Palette

ELF Little Black Beauty Book

ELF Beauty Book

5 : ELF Studio Blush & Contour Kit

ELF Cream Blush & Contour Kit
ELF Studio Blush & Contouring Kit

ELF Blush & Contouring Kit- Review-Swatches
ELF Cream Blush & Contour Kit

6 : Sleek iDivine Candy Palette

Sleek-iDivine-Candy Collection-Palette
Sleek Eyeshadow Palette-Candy Collection

Sleek-iDivine-Candy Collection-Review-Palette

Sleek Palette Colors
7 : ELF Brushes

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ELF Brushes
ELF Eyeshadow & Stipple Brush

I shall be writing reviews of each of these products in the coming weeks.. So do stay tuned :)

Pink and Purple Party Eyemakeup Tutorial

Hi Everyone, 

Hope the New Year was good for everyone, it was extra special for me.. I will be revealing it soon.... No.. Stop Stop.. I know where your imaginations are heading to.. 

Jan 3, 9 pm IST, My Residence....

The door bell rang & I was wondering who is this ringing the bell at 9 pm... I went & opened the door, and there was this guy standing with a huge parcel in his hand..No.. I did not do any online shopping.. My husband too gave a perplexed look at me.. He asked Ma'm are you Mrs.Harine..? I said yes.. (wondering what the hell the parcel was) ??? 

He asked me to sign on a paper & handed over the parcel to me. I ran into the room & opened it & found several eyeshadow palettes, brushes & it was sent by my brother who is in UK... Oh my God.. I couldn't believe it and I was shell shocked.. Was I holding a Sleek Palette, MUA palette, ELF brushes... ??? He knew about my blog & had sent all this me.. How sweet of him... 

Pics & review coming up soon......What more do we need for a New Year??

I had done a pink-purple eyemakeup for my cousin's engagement recently & wanted to do a tutorial for this look.Find the steps below:

Pink & Purple Party Eye makeup Tutorial

Pink eyeshadow is so versatile that it will compliment any skintone & any other eyeshadow color. Recently for two parties I tried this pink & purple combination eye makeup that worked really well & was appreciated by everyone.

General Tips for eyemakeup: 

  • The eyemakeup should always be complimenting the dress we wear, in the sense the colors should not always be the same colors found on the dress but based on the color wheel.

  • The colors on the opposite side of the wheel compliment each other, for instance if you are wearing a yellow color dress, a warm purple (purple with yellow undertones) will look good on you.
  • Always use an eye primer beneath your shadow for better color payoff & longevity. There is no need for an expensive ones, even a simple BB cream is fine.

  • Invest in basic eyemakeup brushes; they will really help you do your own eyemakeup.

  • For applying the base color, use flat shader brush in patting motion for maximum pigmentation. Layer the colors for a better color payoff.

Steps to create the look:

1: Apply an eye primer around the eye area. I used Ponds BB cream to even out the skin around the eye area.

Eyeshadow-Primer-Ponds BB Cream
Without Primer                                                                                                  With Primer

2:  Apply a cream eyeshadow preferably a pink shade for better color payoff of the powder eyeshadows.I used my fingers to apply the cream shadow.

Base Cream Eyeshadow-Color Payoff
Cream Eyeshadow as a base

3: Using a flat shader brush pick up a shimmering pink color & layer it on top of the matte shade. Since it a party look, you can go for shimmering shades.

Pink Purple Eyeshadow- tutorial- eyemakeup
Pink Shimmery Eyeshadow on 2/3 rd of the lid

4: Use a crease brush to take a purple eyeshadow & apply in the outer 1/3 rd of the lid in the form of a V & extend it outwards to create an illusion of a bigger eyes.Using a flat shader brush apply some purple eyeshadow to the lower lashline leaving the inner tear duct region.

Crease- Blending Brush- Purple Eyeshadow pictures
Purple Eyeshadow Tutorial

5: Pick up a shade 2 shades lesser then your skin color using a blending brush & use it as an transition color & blend nicely on the outer edges to create a smooth look.

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Blending the eyeshadows 
6: To intensify the outer edge, take some black eyeshadow in the crease brush & apply in the outer V and blend evenly. 

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Pink Purple eyeshadow tutorial
 7: Apply a pale highlighter shade in the tear duct area  using a Q tip to apply the highlighter to inner tear duct.

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Highlighter in the tear duct
 8: Clean all the fall outs using a tissue.

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Clean up fallouts

9: Curl your lashes with a lash curler, & apply generous amount of mascara on both the upper & lower lashes.

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Curl your lashes using Curler

10: Apply black eyeliner to the upper lash line & line the lower line with Khol.

     Using a smudger brush smudge the khol & purple eyeshadow.

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Eyemakeup with liner & khol

11: Use pale gold eyeshadow beneath the brow bone to highlight those areas to capture light & make your eyes look bigger & attractive using a clean brush to apply to the brow bone.

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Highlight the browbone

Tip : ) Apply compact powder with a clean brush on top of the eyeshadow as a final step so that it doesn’t crease & remains intact for hours :)

12: Fill the gaps in your brows & tada the eyes are ready.

Pink Purple Eyemakeup-Eyeshadow tutorial
Final Pink & Purple Eyemakeup under different lighting

Products Used :

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Entire list of products used

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The tools & Accessories used
1 : Models Prefer Eyeshadow Palette.. Find the review here.

2: Chameleon Eyeshadow palette

3: Vega Flat Shader Brush

4: Colorbar Blending Brush

5: Kara Wet Wipes & Q tip

6: Maybelline Makeup Remover

7: Eyebrow pencil (no brand)

8: Ponds BB cream

9: Maybelline Falsies Mascara

10: Kryolan Crease Blending Brush

11: Elle 18 Blackout Eyeliner

12: Blending brush(no brand)

13: Max Factor Khol

14: Eyelash Curler(no brand- bought from Dubai)

15: Eyebrow & eyelash brush(complimentary from Revlon)

Cheap-Eyeshadow-Palettes-eyemakeup tutorial
Eyeshadow Palettes used : Models Prefer Palette and Chameleon palette

Colors used :

1: Purple eyeshadow 

2: Pink Eyeshadow

3: Gold eyeshadow used for highlighting

4: Pink cream shadow used as a base

5: Light brownish purple shade used for blending

6: Black eyeshadow
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