the non-negotiables


It’s been a while since my last post. But every blogger needs a break and my holiday in Dubai was everything I needed it to be – a crazy haze of fantastic friends, food, shopping, sightseeing and guiltless glamourizing.

Which is why I never get on a plane without my beauty heroes. Here are the little ‘miracles’ that got me through almost three weeks of blazing sunshine, late nights (early mornings) and more cocktails than a girl can remember!

1. Bath And Body Works ‘Midnight Pomegranate’ lotion
Like all their products, this baby smells even better than it sounds! I slather some on each morning to keep dry hands at bay while being introduced to cute strangers!

2. Lotus Herbals Nutramoist day cream
Keeps skin super hydrated even when you’ve been having too much fun and ‘forget’ to drink water. Spf 25 means not having to worry about sun damage when you leave home.

3. Inglot Freedom System lip palette in ‘Pro 5′
Ever a lover of the bright lip, this sleek little palette is packed with mild to wild shades that you can mix to suit your mood. Multi task it by doubling the lighter shades as a cream blush for a dewy glow.

4. MAC Select Cover Up concealer
A trusty concealer is your best friend. This one can erase all signs of an epic night. Now if only it could cure a hangover!

5. Chanel ‘Poudre Universelle’ compact
Is there a chicer way to stay shine-free? Didn’t think so.
6. L’oreal Total Repair 5 serum

Easily the most effective (and nicest smelling) serum I’ve used, it helps tame flyaways, reduce damage and keeps hair glossy for hours.

7. Hemorrhoid cream
Strange, I know. but nothing cools down swollen eyes from lack of sleep like piles cream! Supermodels use Preparation H, but i swear by ‘Hadensa’ (available at local chemists)

8. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
This ‘heaven in a bottle’ serum requires no introduction. Truly worth the investment, all you need is 3 drops a night to wake up to sensational skin.

9. Gold nailpolish
I’m not fussy with nail varnish brands, but I do insist on a perfect

pedi at all times. A subtle gold goes with most of my summer wardrobe and makes a pretty statement without being overkill.

10. C.O. Bigelow Mentha lip balm
Don’t let the manly packaging fool you, this minty fresh balm hydrates, tastes great and leaves your lips sinfully tingly!

Oh and speaking of Kiehl’s, they’re giving you a chance to win some vouchers to stock up on summer beauty treats at their store! All you need to do is follow @KiehlsIndia on Twitter, leave me a blog comment telling me you’ve done so and tell me why you’d love to try their new ‘Clearly Corrective Concentrate’. Your time starts now!

Bisou bisou,

{ note : winners will be picked according to best answer, winners will be announced on 3rd april, contest open to residents of india only, only one winner will be chosen, the winner will be contacted via email. if he/she fails to respond within two days, the next best answer will win by default}


  1. i have follwed dem. my twitter handle @sindhugupta
    i would lik to try it becos my skin is rilly damaged n i need sumthng lik that.but its expepend=sive n i would love if i got a trial before buying this miracle thing!!!!

  2. I have followed them. My twitter handle is @heli250. I would want that because I want to experience the excellence of this skin care brand and I won’t mind it at all if I get to do it for free..:D

  3. Yo yo! @Gulabo_ here. Already following @kiehlsindia. i’d love to have some Kiehls Voucher as my skin could really use some Sunscreen to protect it from this scorching heat. And what better than using Kiehls. I am already using the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and their newly launched Clearly Corrective Concentrate and I’m so addicted. Love the brand and could do justice with my skin with some more of Kiehls.. Ciao!

  4. Good to see you back in the blogosphere Anushka!! Love the product reviews & I’ll definitely try some too :)

    I’d like the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Concentrate because I’m completely broke from all that sale shopping & I’d absolutely love it if I got some freebies right now :P
    @pearldsouza #honestanswers :P

  5. hey i’m following them ! my twitter handle is @tanayamalhotra. I want it becoz this brand sounds amazing & i’m always willing to try something new ! :)
    ps: lov ur blog!

  6. Great bunch of products to carry with you certainly! I haven’t used the Hemorrhoid cream ever! Does it really work?

  7. I love the way Midnight Pomegranate smells! I always carry the travel size in my bag! Hope you had a great vacation!
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  8. That is fantastic summary! I can’t live without my Chanel compact:) I like your blog:) it will be wonderful if you’ll want to follow each other by bloglovin and GFC:) Please let me know on my blog:) Kisses:)


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