Back after an awesome vacation in Turkey ! :D

Hello everyone!

I know it has been ages since I last posted on my blog (2 -3 weeks I guess) and that was because I was having an awesome time in Turkey with le husband! It was a much deserved break for both of us after a lot of ups and downs during the first half of this year.

Turkey is such an amazing country and in the 8 days we were there I guess we saw and experienced maybe 10% of what it has to offer. We loved the food, people and culture so much I can see us visiting the country again real soon! We spend our time in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus.

Lets talk about Istanbul! It is one of the most vibrant cities I have ever visited! It is a charming city with the modern world existing with the remnants of a glorious past. It is huge and I loved every bit of the the small part of it that I was exposed to. We stayed in the European side where your surrounded by history wherever you go. Both of us are history and museum junkies and therefore we loved exploring the Blue mosque, the Ottoman Topkapi palace, the Hagia Sofia, the Basilica Cistern, the Chora church and the museums around these historic sites.

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque

We also explored the modern parts of the city and had a ball of a time at Taskim Square where you have a huge shopping street and lots of small eateries tucked away in small side lanes! In Istanbul we also went to a Hamami for a traditional turkish bath and that was quite an experience 😀 If your planning to go to Turkey do try it out!

Cappadocia was our second stop in Turkey. The place is known for its rock formations which were formed as a result of volcanic eruptions. Here we both had our first hot air balloon ride which was spectacular! The ride took off shortly after sunrise and the view of the unique terrain of Cappadocia from up top was fantastic! If you love photography you might land up with a ton of snaps in the 1 hour that your up in the air 😉

Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia

Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia

Our 3rd stop in Turkey was Pamukkale which is famous for its hot springs and unique rock deposits. The water and mud here have been used for therapeutic purposes since Greek times and infact the area around the site is home to the ruins of the city of Hierapolis (built by the Greeks and later taken over by the Romans). We had a nice tour of the ruins and later took a dip in the pools of Pamukkale. As you can see from the picture below, the rock deposits look like snow! Pamukkale means cotton castle in Turkish and you can see why!

Pamukkale

Pamukkale

Our last stop in Turkey was Ephesus. Being history junkies we were in history heaven when we visited the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus! The ancient city is so large that our guide said huge portions have yet to be excavated! The most imposing ruins in the city are that of the Celsius Library (pictured below). Being a Mediterranean town, I wasn’t surprised to see farmers markets where they were selling juicy peaches, oranges and the most fresh looking veggies I’ve ever seen!

The Celsius Library

The Celsius Library

Overall we had a fantastic time! In fact there is so much to write about I found it hard to just give you guys the highlights of my trip! I can go on and on about what all we saw, learnt and ate! 😉

Tune in later this week to see a mini beauty haul from Turkey!! I found some really interesting local brands and products while in Turkey and can’t wait to share them with you’ll 😀

Until next time…ciao!!

 

 

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Cool tone eyes ~ Purple and Silver !

Hello folks!

I am not sure how many of you guys remember the 2014 holiday eyeshadow palette from Smashbox called the Smashbox on the rocks photo op luxe palette. I hear that they are popping up at Nordstrom Rack at a really awesome price! I had purchased the palette during the holiday time at full price and even then I had felt that it was value for money. In case you missed out the first time round, then this is your chance to get it really cheap 🙂 For more details on the palette check out my REVIEW.

This purple and silver eyelook was done using the On The Rocks Luxe Palette. (Excuse the wild brows! I am growing them out to get them shaped better!)

Silver and purple eyelook

Silver and purple eyelook

Again, as with most eye looks I do its nothing complicated 😀

I used the following shades:

Shades used from the Smashbox Palette

Shades used from the Smashbox Palette

I applied the silver shade called Asteroid all over the lid. This was followed by blending the shade Lilac into the crease. I added a little bit of purple mist into the crease and outer corner of the eye but made sure it did not go beyond the Lilac shade in the crease. Purple Mist is a really nice shade with some gold flecks in it (unfortunately the camera is not able to pick it up). I used the shade lavender sparingly as a brow bone highlight.

Hope your all having a great summer!

Until next time…ciao!!

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

Hola folks!!

I have been using the Origins checks and balances face wash for over 6 months and I am now finally ready to give my thoughts on this face wash 🙂

Origins is an Estee Lauder company which makes natural skincare products with many of their products formulated with plant oils. They are also notable for formulating their products without parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin and synthetic colors, fragrances and animal ingredients..Phew! That was a long sentence!! I am not sure if Origins is a cruelty free brand..they do mention on the face wash tube that they test their products on volunteer panels but don’t out right say they don’t test on animals.

The Origins Checks and Balances frothy face wash

The Origins Checks and Balances frothy face wash

This face wash claims to be able to cleanse both the dry and oily parts of your face without cancelling each other out…I’m not so sure about that. I have pretty dry skin and in the summers I have an oily T zone but for the most part my skin is dry. Although, they claim that your skin won’t feel stripped or tight after using it, my skin does feel slightly tight after using it. I have to immediately moisturize my skin after using this cleanser which is what I do always anyway so this wasn’t a deal breaker for me.

A single tube can last a really long time!The tube above is pretty full looking considering I’ve used this everyday for 6 months. All you need is a really tiny pea size for your whole face and it froths up well too (as the product name implies!). Unfortunately, all that frothiness does not remove makeup..you will definitely need to use a separate makeup remover for that purpose.

The cleanser has a minty smell which although mild, I am not a fan of! It smells a bit like my toothpaste 😐 This is due to the presence of spearmint oil among the ingredients in this product.

Ingredient List

Ingredient List

The ingredients in this cleanser look good..till you get to all the essential oils listed. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you might know already that these are potential skin irritants. I have seen reviews from people with really sensitive skin on makeup alley talking about how the product caused breakouts , rashes and redness. Although my skin is pretty sensitive in general, I did not experience any skin irritation but if you know for sure that your skin doesn’t take kindly to stuff like spearmint and bergamot oil this cleanser is best avoided!

I like the idea of using a face wash with ingredients like lavender water, glycerin and Behenic acid (major component of Moringa oil) but I did not see any effect of these ingredients on my skin. For me, this was a very basic face wash which didn’t do anything exciting to my skin and so I might not be repurchasing it once I am done with the current tube.

Have you tried the Origins Checks and Balances frothy face wash? What are your thoughts?

Have a great week!!

Until next time…ciao!!