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Illamasqua Competition in support of SOPHIE Charity

I am sure by now, you all must be aware of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. The foundation aims to stamp out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance everywhere [their fantastic website and Facebook page will tell you more]
The aims and objectives of the Charity are as follows:
  • To create a lasting legacy to Sophie.
  • To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
  • To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from “alternative subcultures” or “Lifestyle and Dress”
  • To work in conjunction with politicians and police forces to ensure individuals who are part of subcultures are protected by the law.
In honour of Sophie’s birthday and to mark their support for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Illamasqua is hosting an Internationallyopen competition to win a selection of cult pieces from the Illamasqua collection, including Medium Pencil in Sophie, Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist, Nail Varnish in Unnatural, Intense Lipgloss in Repulse, False Eye Lashes in no.21 and a S.O.P.H.I.E wristband.
And best of all, there will be FIVE winners! The competition is open until Midnight GMT Sunday 27th November [T&C’s can be found at the link below].

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Gifting options from The Nature’s Co for Diwali

Diwali is round the corner and if you are wondering what to gift your loved ones, The Nature’s Co. has the perfect option for you.  The Nature’s Co. your one stop shop for beauty and wellness products brings you special gifting options for your near and dear ones this Diwali, which can be completely personalized by you.
Choose from an exciting range of exotic and luxurious beauty products at The Nature’s Co.Customers making a minimum purchase of Rs.1,795, will receive a beautiful wooden basket to pack their products which comes along with a diya and incense cones with a holder to add to the Diwali spirit.
Patrons who make purchase of Rs.1,995 or more, will have the choice between a Copper and Wooden tray to package their Diwali gifts from The Nature’s Co. These trays come along with a few more Diwali surprises – a diya, incenses cones with the holder, a coffee bean candle & incense sticks.
Keeping with the festivities of Diwali, The Nature’s Co. is all set to pamper customers making these purchases with a free refreshing Express Facial.

The Nature’s Co celebrates Pro Green day

Go Green with The Nature’s Co. Eco- friendly products

The Nature’s Co., a company known for its 100% natural & eco-friendly products and practices, is all set to celebrate Pro-Green Day on the 15th of September 2011. Pro- Green day is an initiative by The Nature’s Co. to give back to our environment, as they believe that ‘Nature is a way of life.’ 
On this day they will launch their eco-friendly cloth bags, specially designed by the children at NGO Akanksha, at their store in Mumbai. To help educate all their customer’s, The Nature’s Co. along with Green Peace will conduct a seminar later that evening at all the stores, to educate each customer on how every small  action can help save the planet. Since actions do speak louder than words, every attendee will receive cloth scrollers & marigold seeds, which they can plant as a small step towards a brighter tomorrow!

Swaram @ Chennai and Happy Onam :-)

Wishing all my lovely readers from Kerala, A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS ONAM!!

The pic above is the Pookalam(Floral Rangoli) we did at home for one Onam. We normally start with a small size and it keeps getting bigger. The biggest design will be on the 10th day ie Tiruvonam.  Then there will be a sumptuous Sadhya (feast) which all the family members prepare together.
Onam is the harvest festival of Kerala….and has a very meaningful legend behind it. Read all about it here.

I know I have been keeping away a lot from the blog. “Busy with life otherwise” would be the simplest way I can explain to you’ll.

And to share some good news on this lovely festival day of prosperity and joy. “Swaram” – Our Brand of Handcrafted Jewelry is debuting in Chennai today.

All my readers in Chennai, do consider this as a personal invite from me.The show is happening today and tomorrow…If time permits, please be sure to visit and say a Hi!!

Sharing details of the event and the venue

What:  By Hand, From The Heart Show

Where : Ambujam’s Lounge, 48, Whites Road, Royapettah.
Next to Express Avenue Mall, Chennai

Timing – 10 AM to 8 PM
Dates – 9 & 10 September, 2011

Illamasqua’s New Mascara..The "Masquara"

If eyes are the windows of the soul, Illamasqua’s new Masquara reveals a heart of darkness with a formula that lengthens, defines and dramatises lashes to extremes.

According to David Horne- Illamasqua’s Director of New Product Development,

”Illamasqua’s new Masquara in Raven has taken flight. Masquara creates a jet black flutter of beautifully defined lashes – lash by lash perfection. Reapply for added drama and prepare to step into the night.”

Introducing the happy union of two new beauty innovations; our defining, lengthening and dramatising brush design, combined with Masquara’s midnight black smudge proof formula, ensures lashes that last the whole night through.  Bring out the power of your eyes and complete your alter ego.

New Masquara provides a glimpse into the heady world of indulgence that is Illamasqua’s AW11 Theatre of the Nameless collection, to be unleashed globally in its full decadent glory on Friday 2nd September 2011.

Price:  £15.00
Shade:  Raven (midnight black)

Masquara is available online at http://www.illamasqua.com:

At the Illamasqua Flagship Store, 20 Beak Street London; Selfridges Oxford Street London, Manchester and Birmingham; Fenwick Newcastle; and Debenhams Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast.

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Blog Love – Its all about sharing

Its been almost 2 years since I have been writing Glitter Glamour Grace.

I do not claim to be a regular or pro blogger…but definitely love to write. Back in 2009, when I started discovering Indian beauty blogs, there were actually just a few of them. I got hooked to those and then came the inspiration to start writing Glitter Glamour Grace. There have been many new bloggers added to the circle since then and some have also stopped writing altogether for many reasons.

Cut to 2011, I really wanted to do a post on some of the beauty blogs(Indian) I love reading and have been planning to do so for the past few days. Again, there was a writers block…you know, not getting the right beginning yada yada. Today morning, while in the shower, I was thinking of the same post and suddenly thoughts/lines were pouring in my mind..Now don’t ya tease me about it…I often get the brightest ideas in the shower 🙂

Ok…so lets get to business..

One of the first ever blogs I started reading was Addicted To Blush by Tanveer. Before that I never knew a beauty blog could be so scientifically inclined..Explaining many technical aspects without sounding boring. As Tanveer went about trying and testing products, explaining in her own sweet(scientist like;-)) way about different ingredients, finding colour cosmetics that matched her uniquely coloured eyes, I stalked her blog and found amusement in reading her posts. We have had our ups and downs, but she is one lovely lady and remains my very good friend till date. If you ever feel like getting the no crap, cut to size reviews on Indian brands, do check out her blog.

When it comes to blogs I stalk…I can’t help but mention Indian Vanity Case by Cynthia Zacharica. It would be an understatement if I say that she and her blog belong to “The Cutest” category. I have been reading her blog for the past 2 years and not a bit ashamed to say that I have read it through and through almost more than 4 times 😛 . Cynthia has an amazing talent of finding anything and everything that is “cute n girly”, especially cosmetics, accessories, bags and clothes. If you are a person who loves anything girly and cute, then head over to IVC…It is like entering candy land.

She has proven that a woman’s beauty is not just all about skin care, makeup and clothes. A beautiful woman is the one who is also a wise home maker. Hop over to Wise She by Anamika. You will find tips and tricks, recipes, How to’s and also product reviews. Over and above, she is an extremely friendly girl and always helpful.

What is beauty blogging without MAC. Yes…perhaps the one brand that has been revered and adored world over by makeup enthusiasts. Want to read an Indian woman’s honest take on the subject?? Then head over to Indyabeauty. Rashmi, who writes the blog, is nick named in our group of bloggers as “MAC Guru” and I just term her love for the brand as MACness. She is a lady with taste and  is awesome with makeup skills. Do visit her for all high end brands like MAC, MUFE, Benefit,Urban Decay. Isn’t it super useful for all of us to get a head on opinion about foreign brands from an Indian point of view.

Not all Indian beauty bloggers live in India..Meet Shivani of Adorable On Your Vanity – A sweet Indian blogger who lives and blogs from Canada. More than through blogs, Shivani and me talk through twitter and occassional emails. She is a hard core yoga enthusiast/practitioner and loves MAC and Lush products. Thanks to her awesome posts,now I have become a Lush fan and got my hubby hooked too 😉 While there, you may sometimes meet her little puppy- Milly who is equally adorable and cuddly.

Beauty blogging is not always about human beings…Yes, you heard it right. There are pets who love to check out make up and cosmetics..Don’t believe what I say? Then check out Makeup Monologs. Ikya alias Ikkoo is a young and pretty architect, who is the one behind the blog…Errmm…sorry. Ikya and her canine brother Zorro manage to write the blog. And quite often, when Z is in the mood, he may honour you with a pic of his in the posts. Once I discovered Ikya’s blog, Arjun got his companion( in his love for makeup) in Z. Yeah…A loves makeup and perfumes and keeps sniffing my dresser area and vanity case as often as possible.

Like to read your reviews with a pinch or sometimes a heap of wit and humour, then Peaches and Blush is the place for you. Mehak is a young professional from Delhi(well according to her, her work profile is quite complicated to explain and so I do not dare to attempt) who is enthusiastic about makeup and fashion and is ever ready to entertain her readers with all the inside scoops of the Indian beauty industry.

Last, but never ever the least…when Indian blogs are mentioned, I cannot ignore our blog buddies in Pakistan…After all we were all one big country in the past. And when we mention Pakistani blogs, the first and foremost person who comes to mind is Sarah @ Glossicious. I am very happy and proud to say that Sarah was the first ever person in the blogosphere who extended her hand of friendship to me and remains close to my heart. Even today, at any given point of time( be it past midnight or wee morning hours), a sleepless me tweets something….trust Sarah to reply in a matter of minutes. I just love talking to her and I am sure you will too.

Of course, there are lots and lots of Indian blogs I read other than these…And each of you are worth a mention and applause for taking the Indian Beauty Blogging scene so high…well minus certain issues here and there. This is a shout out to all of you girls out there…..And then I just couldn’t help sharing this pic I found.

Indulge your sister this Raksha Bandhan with The Nature’s Co

Celebrate an unforgettable Raksha Bandhan with The Nature’s Co.
Indulge your sister with some holistic products
The Nature’s Co. presents a special offer this Raksha Bandhan to help you pamper your caring sister. Stop by any of The Nature’s Co.outlets and purchase mainline products, worth Rs.750 or more, and get a luscious lip balm worth Rs.225 along with delightful chocolates absolutely free. What’s more The Nature’s Co. will have all these gifts packed in a specially designed attractive packaging as well.
To further enhance the entire experience, The Nature’s Co., is also giving out 15% discount hair cut vouchers for a renowned salon ,to the first few customers.

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So come down and let The Nature’s Co. and make this Raksha Bandhan a truly memorable indulgent experience your sister will never forget!
Offer Valid from 10th – 15th August 2011 . T & C apply.
For further info, you can visit their website here: www.thenaturesco.com
Available at all The Nature’s Co. outlets.