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Finding a perfect foundation

Beauty shopping is normally fun, trying different shades of lipsticks and gloss or going through palettes upon palettes of pretty shadows finding new shades is always an adventure. One thing I hate though is shopping for foundations.

I believe foundation is one of the most important beauty regime but still finding the right foundation had been a very time consuming and annoying experience for me. In the last 5-6 years since I started using make up, I tried numerous foundation. I am sure it is every woman’s problem, to get a foundation that matches their skin colour and type.

I had stand in front of the cosmetic section in a store trying to figure out whether I am sandy beige, beige or a toasted almond. There is also the choice between powder, stick, or liquid foundation. On top of that all these foundation are expensive so that buying and trying each of them means you have a lighter wallet and a stack of different foundations that you will never use.

So it took me ages to find one that suited me perfectly after testing so many different brands. Surprisingly, I found it while I was visiting Nepal.

The brand that worked perfectly for me was Isadora. It is a Swedish cosmetics brand and it was suggested to me by a cousin. Initially I was not very keen to try it as I had never heard of the brand but I was surprised when I did, it was perfect for my skin, evening out my complexion without being noticeable. I was so impressed that I bought 4 bottles to bring it to Australia.

I was very happy with it and have continued to use it for a few years now. Every time I go to Nepal, I buy a few bottles so I have enough stock with me. Also when my parents or in laws visited us, I asked them to buy a few bottles for me so I always had a good supply of the foundation.

But unfortunately the shop that sold the foundation stopped stocking it. I called them, emailed them but the answer was final. They were not going to restock it.

I was so sad that that I had to go through the process of finding another foundation as I could not find Isadora products in Australia. I even mailed the company in Sweden to find out if they had any partners here in Australia, but alas they did not. My only option was to get it shipped from Sweden but then the company doesn’t sell to the public directly. They just gave me the names of a few re-sellers in Sweden but most of them don’t ship outside Europe.

Finally after searching through many pages of Google translate (wish I knew someone who spoke Swedish), I found one website which ships to Australia. So I emailed them to check if they will definitely ship to Australia and when I received a positive reply I was ecstatic. Finally I could just buy from their website and I could still use my favourite foundation.

So, I went onto their website to order the product and when I reached the page with the shipping options I couldn’t find the option to ship to Australia anywhere. It required me to send an email again and after few emails, I managed to finally place my order.

After 3 weeks, I received my product and now I am so happy.

While I was going through this entire ordeal, AS once asked me why I couldn’t find something else so I could easily buy it in Australia. I told him that after many trial and errors I had found one foundation which is perfect for me, I really didn’t want to go through the whole process again. Anyway, the problem is resolved now and I am not going to whinge about foundations for a long time 🙂

Do you have beauty story like that. What foundation you are using and are you happy?

Take care.,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

P.S: Do not forget to nominate your favourite blog. NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2015

Repost : Happy International Woman’s Day

Today is International Woman’s Day and it is a day to celebrate us, woman, and have respect, appreciation and love towards us. Because everything starts from you and if you don’t respect, appreciate and love yourself, you can’t share that with the world.

There are many reasons why this day is celebrated but I want to celebrate it by listing all the good reasons why I rejoice being a woman.

  • Woman is a daughter, sister, wife, mother and a friend. I can’t imagine this world without them. Yes, that is who we are.
  • Women have so many choices. They can work or stay home. Be a nurse or a soldier.
  • How can I forget to mention the choices women have in fashion. One can choose to wear jeans or skirts or dress or shorts or Kurta or Sari or Omani or Kimono or Shalwar Kameez. Anything your heart desires.
  • Talking about fashion, how about high heels, they are my favourite and give women an instant boost in height and confidence or they can choose to wear a ballet flat or thongs and still look beautiful.
  • Make-up is a part of our daily regime and we can experiment with different, glamorous looks.
  • Doors are held open for us, chairs are pulled out for us.
  • We could dye our hair and get rid of the gray without being ridiculed.
  • We have the gift of female intuition which usually steers us in the right direction.
  • Women are great listeners and don’t always feel they need to fix things.
  • We can wear coloured nail polish to match the season, mood or our clothing.
  • Women can multi-task with ease.
  • Women are intelligent enough to know there is no such thing as a “Happy Period.”
  • Chances are in front of every awesome man is an awesome woman who made him that way

I think the song by Helen Reddy sums of everything I want to express right now. This is for all the ladies out there. Here is the lyrics if you haven’t heard it before.

I am woman, hear me roar

In numbers too big to ignore

And I know too much to go back an’ pretend

’cause I’ve heard it all before

And I’ve been down there on the floor

No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

CHORUS

Oh yes I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to, I can do anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

You can bend but never break me

’cause it only serves to make me

More determined to achieve my final goal

And I come back even stronger

Not a novice any longer

’cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

CHORUS

I am woman watch me grow

See me standing toe to toe

As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land

But I’m still an embryo

With a long long way to go

Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to I can face anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

Oh, I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

FADE

I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

I am woman

Saying this I don’t hate men. I think we complement each other, like wheels of a bike. It is just that I am happy and content to be a woman and I won’t have it any other way.

To the all the ladies out there, Happy International Women’s Day. Enjoy and be proud of being a woman.

Take care everyone,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

P.S: Do not forget to nominate your favourite blog . NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2015

White skin and blonde hair

As I am 0n maternity leave these days, I try to fill my days visiting friends and family. Chhori loves it when we go out and meet people. It keeps her happy and makes my days pass quicker.

chhori (3)

On one of these visits, I decided to visit one of my friends as I hadn’t seen her for a while. She and her husband are both from Nepal and have two daughters, 4 years and 2 years so it was a perfect play time for Chhori. We planned to catch up at her place so I drove there with Chhori.

I was having a great day with the girls as they were excited to play with Chhori and they had a million questions about her, which was too cute. I was seeing Chhori’s future in them. Both the girls were happy to share their toys and food with Chhori.

Chhori (2)

As it was afternoon, the younger of the girls was sleepy so my friend took her inside for nap. I was left with her 4 years old and Chhori and we were playing and talking when the following conversation stopped my heart for a while. Let me call the 4 year old Maiya for this post.

Me: “I love your long hair, so pretty, who braided it?” (I was just trying to make small talk)

Maiya: “I don’t like my black hair and I don’t like my skin either. I love Rosie and she is my best friend because she has white skin and blonde hair.”

Thinking it was just a conversation, I continued,

Me: “I actually like your skin, so soft and nice and also like your hair too as it is black and long like mine, your mums and Chhori’s too. Look at us we all look so similar because of our black hair.”

Maiya: “No aunty, blonde hair and white skin are beautiful and I am going to have them too. I want to be a beautiful princess.

Me: “You are already beautiful my darling and you are a princess.

Maiya: “But all my favourite princesses have blonde hair and white skin. Also all my favourite people in the world have them too like Rosie, S aunty (her mum’s SIL who is Swedish).”

I really had no reply her comments because she seemed to have them deeply carved in her mind. We live in Sydney where there are lots of white folks with blonde hair, we give her toys with similar features and she also watches cartoons and reads book where most of the time beautiful princess are white with blonde hair.

Later I spoke to my friend and she said that is her normal conversation. Maiya loves white skin so much that she asks her mum every day when she will be white like Rosie. She is not even dark, she is fair with big beautiful eyes and long black hair. But for her, beauty is not in black hair or brown skin.

I am sure I will be facing similar situations once Chhori grows up and I don’t know how to deal with it. I am sure all of you out there have faced similar situations with your own kids, please share how you deal with it. At times I am scared of the future when we have to deal with so many questions from Chhori and we will be lost for answers.

Thanks everyone in advance and see you soon with another post.

Take care,
M from nepaliaustralian
XOXO

Preference: Lipstick or Lip gloss

I have always been a lip-gloss person. When I think of lipstick, I always think “old” because I remember my mum and aunties using them.The reason I preferred lip gloss over lip stick is because it has a light-weight texture, is easy, moisturizing and can have different levels of shine and is a bit slippery in nature. Also I found some variety of gloss that last 8 hours without needing to reapply. Best of all lip gloss don’t stain teeth.

But recently I have started using lipstick and I have to say it is not as bad as I thought it would be.

I have around 10 lipsticks in my makeup cabinet which are not used at all. Most of them were from my wedding. I thought I would use them so I brought some here but I didn’t use them at all. The other day when I was talking to my MIL, she told me to use them otherwise they will go off so for the last few weeks I am experimenting with them.

I have some great colours so I am using them according to my dress and I have to admit, I am liking them. I have to be careful about staining my teeth but other than most of the lipsticks are denser and richer colour, which can last for a long time. I have to remember to reapply after lunch or tea, otherwise it is fine. Also I noticed that lipstick gives a fuller coverage to the lips as compared to most lip gloss.

Anyway this is my little discovery this week. Please share your thoughts on lipstick or lip gloss.

P.S: Do not forget to nominate  your favorite blog .

Nominations open for NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2013

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International Woman’s Day 2013

Today is International Woman’s Day and it is a day to celebrate us, woman, and have respect, appreciation and love towards us. Because everything starts from you and if you don’t respect, appreciate and love yourself, you can’t share that with the world.

There are many reasons why this day is celebrated but I want to celebrate it by listing all the good reasons why I rejoice being a woman.

  • Woman is a daughter, sister, wife, mother and a friend. I can’t imagine this world without them. Yes, that is who we are.
  • Women have so many choices. They can work or stay home. Be a nurse or a soldier.
  • How can I forget to mention the choices women have in fashion. One can choose to wear jeans or skirts or dress or shorts or Kurta or Sari or Omani or Kimono or Shalwar Kameez. Anything your heart desires.
  • Talking about fashion, how about high heels, they are my favourite and give women an instant boost in height and confidence or they can choose to wear a ballet flat or thongs and still look beautiful.
  • Make-up is a part of our daily regime and we can experiment with different, glamorous looks.
  • Doors are held open for us, chairs are pulled out for us.
  • We could dye our hair and get rid of the gray without being ridiculed.
  • We have the gift of female intuition which usually steers us in the right direction.
  • Women are great listeners and don’t always feel they need to fix things.
  • We can wear coloured nail polish to match the season, mood or our clothing.
  • Women can multi-task with ease.
  • Women are intelligent enough to know there is no such thing as a “Happy Period.”
  • Chances are in front of every awesome man is an awesome woman who made him that way

I think the song by Helen Reddy sums of everything I want to express right now. This is for all the ladies out there. Here is the video and lyrics if you haven’t heard it before.

I am woman, hear me roar

In numbers too big to ignore

And I know too much to go back an’ pretend

’cause I’ve heard it all before

And I’ve been down there on the floor

No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

CHORUS

Oh yes I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to, I can do anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

You can bend but never break me

’cause it only serves to make me

More determined to achieve my final goal

And I come back even stronger

Not a novice any longer

’cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

CHORUS

I am woman watch me grow

See me standing toe to toe

As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land

But I’m still an embryo

With a long long way to go

Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to I can face anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

Oh, I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

FADE

I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

I am woman

Also there is the song “ I enjoy being a girl”, which I love .

Saying this I don’t hate men. I think we complement each other, like wheels of a bike. It is just that I am happy and content to be a woman and I won’t have it any other way.

To the all the ladies out there, Happy International Women’s Day. Enjoy and be proud of being a woman.

Prabal Gurung made a 13 years old boy’s dream come true

I have always loved Prabal Gurung and I respect him more now after reading this heart-warming story. I am sure you will start liking him too (if you are not his fan already) after you read this.

If you want to read more about him, you can do it here, here, here and here.

A 13 year old, Jeremy Miller, wrote a hand written note to Prabal Gurung which Prabal posted on his Instagram with the following note.

This melts my heart. The best note I have ever received. Who knew an affirmation for something I love doing would come from a 13 year old. @jerbear_fd601 you really made my day!!! Xo PG

So in reply Prabal sends him a shirt from his collection. Isn’t that sweet of him? Then Jeremy posted the following photos wearing the t-shirt. Prabal Gurung posted the following photo with a note in his Instagram.

Y’all this is my 13 year old Instagram buddy Jeremy who really touched my heart yesterday with his sweetest note so I thought why not return the gesture and look he looks adorable in our Fall12 Tee, no? He reminds me of my own nephew Arhant. @theboyoffashion @jerbear_fd601 dare to dream and inspire all of us. I am excited for your future!!!! PG

I am so touched by his gesture. I hope my dream of wearing his collection and meeting him one day will come true as well. Waiting for his collection to come Down Under!!!

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VS Sassoon Big hair

First let me make it clear that I am not paid by the company to advertise this product but I loved it so much that I am sharing this with all of you out there.

I saw the ad for VS Sassoon Big hair on TV and decided to give it a shot. It cost me AU$ 89.99 and it is worth every cent. I just love the product.

I have very fine and thin hair. So after I wash my hair, unless I blow dry it properly, it remains very flat. Also as I use hair straightening iron, it becomes flat and doesn’t look so good. But when I used VS Sassoon Big hair, it really worked for me. I think it is a really clever way to add volume to the hair as blow drying on my own never gives the salon result I want. VS Sassoon Big hair gives incredible bounce and volume to my hair and is so easy to use.

It’s so much easier to dry my hair using this as it has both a dryer and brush in one. Even easier is how the brush turns for you, making it absolutely effortless to dry hair.

 Hope you guys will love it as well once you try it.

Here is some information from the website.

Featuring a rotating motorised brush, the barrel-style hair styler spins effortlessly in your hands as you take it through your hair, evenly brushing your strands and injecting volume as it goes. The VS Sassoon Big Hair Styler (VS2775A) combines the benefits of a hairdryer with a hairdresser’s skilful flick of the wrist, which means that you can kiss goodbye endless hours of straining whilst trying to blow-dry your ‘do like the pros.

The soft bristles on the brush work to create optimum shine and smoothness, while the ceramic barrel ensures hair glides smoothly over the brush, creating volume and movement as it goes.

Steps to get the perfect big hair

  1. Wash and condition your hair as usual and comb before using styler to detangle.
  2. If you have long or thick hair you may find it quicker and easier to use a hairdryer first, to rough dry your hair and remove excess moisture. For added volume , turn your head upside down as you dry.
  3. Once hair is 80% dry, you should start to create your style using the Big Hair Styler.
  4. Ensure you section your hair using clips before styling.
  5. Take a hair section approx. 2.5cm – 5cm wide to start styling with.
  6. Slide the on/off temperature switch to either the low or high heat setting.
  7. Place the styler under the section of hair, close to the roots and brush through the section to remove tangles (without brush rotating).
  8. For added volume at the root of the hair , hold the brush in place at the root (hair section is draped over top of brush) for a few seconds.
  9. Move the brush through the hair section (hair is draped over top of brush), towards the ends and as you reach the end of the hair section, start to rotate the brush away from your head by pressing and holding the appropriate rotation direction switch.
  10. As you do this it is important to resist the rotation of the brush by pulling the brush downwards. The brush should be rotating through the section of your hair (without the hair becoming wound round the brush head if you are holding the styler with the correct tension against the hair) to create a brushing effect as it dries and styles the hair.
  11. IMPORTANT! It may take several attempts to perfect this technique. If the brush spins too quickly and hair wraps around the brush head, simply release the rotation button and remove from the hair. Use the low heat setting (low brush speed) and practise rotating the brush on the lower ends of your hair until you feel comfortable with the styling action. If hair continues to wrap around the barrel you need to increase the downward tension. It is important to section your hair before styling and style section by section to get the best results.
  12. For even more volume, allow the brush to rotate, winding the entire section of the hair around the barrel, release the rotation switch and leave in the hair for a few seconds.
  13. To release the section of hair, press and hold the opposite rotation button to unwind the hair section.
  14. Repeat for each hair section.
  15. After use switch off and unplug the appliance.
  16. Allow the styler to cool before storing.
  17. Place the protective brush shield over the brush head to protect the bristles.

 Tips

  • For fine hair types or to gain extra volume use a volumising mousse in your hair while damp before styling.
  • To define layers and give shape to styles , follow step 9 and repeat through the section.
  • To add volume to the roots and body through the top section of the hair, follow steps 7 to 9 but using an upward motion.
  • For long lasting results, follow steps 10 to 14 but then slide the on/off switch to the cool setting for a few seconds, this will set the hair.

For more into please visit their website.