Faith and Trust and Pixie Dust!


They say a little trust always goes a long way. It is the glue that holds all relationships. Building trust in a relationship is one of the most rewarding and difficult things you can do to improve your relationship. It involves both partners being mindful, being present, and being committed to a healthy relationship at all times.

Nothing can bring more joy to life than beautifully fulfilling relationships. A healthy relationship is about being comfortable and confident with each other. Relationships thrive when trust is strong. So what can one do to create a strong and trusting relationship with one’s partner and how does one build it in the first place? Marriage should be a refuge not a worry. Here are a few dos and don’ts that promise a healthy, happy relationship

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8 Makeup Mistakes that add to your age!

Unless you are an eight year old who is sneaking in on her mother’s vanity, you probably do not want to apply make up to look older. Yet, almost all of us unintentionally end up looking older due to small make up mistakes  – myself included. When I get dark circles, I tend to conceal it with lots of foundation and end up looking like a panda instead of concealing it artfully! Anddd it happens quite often unfortunately (sob, sob)

With so much being said about the correct way to apply make-up and what to do and what to avoid, you might think that this article is just another one of those puff pieces flooding your timeline. In truth, where the less is more adage falls true, you are most definitely making at least one of these mistakes when applying your makeup. EVERYDAY!

Click to read more – 8 Beauty Mistakes You May Be Making Everyday!

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Clarins Beauty Flash Balm: Review!

Dull, dreary, dry… winter is not the kindest season to my otherwise supple, normal skin. Now that its finally over and I’m coming out of my hibernation, I’m not really loving the feel of my skin in the harsh light of summers. I feel dry, dull and tired-looking.

With the change in season, it’s time to gear up for summers and pack away the heavy-duty moisturizers in favor of light-weight lotions. Since it’s difficult for my skin to adjust to the fact that it’s not freezing cold outside, I am always on the lookout for something that can transform my dull skin to fresh and dewy. And let’s face it, it would take nothing short of a miracle to do THAT! So you can imagine my excitement as I share with you a product that not only makes me look well-rested but has now become a favorite ‘watering-hole’ for my skin! Let me introduce you to my skin’s BFF- *drum rolls* –

The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm


What is it?

A light-weight formula designed to brighten, tighten and transform your skin in a flash. I call it “my personal face-lift” in a tube. Yes, it literally takes a super flash second to give your skin a dewy radiance.

How to use it –

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm can be used in two ways –

  1. As a Primer – It’s best to use this balm before applying foundation. The olive extracts and witch hazel present in the balm tighten the skin while making it look fresh and dewy. Since I do not use foundation on a daily basis, I applied the beauty balm after my moisturizer and followed it up with kohl and lip balm.

  1. As a Mask – I absolutely loved this product as a mask. It says on the box to apply a thick layer of the balm all over your face for 10-15 minutes. Since it is an expensive product, I applied a moderate layer to my face for 15 minutes and wiped it off with a wet face tissue. Do not wash your face. I could literally feel my skin soaking in all the moisture when I left the balm on my face.

Clarins- Fresh Face

Next Morning: Fresh, soft, hydrated skin after removing the mask.


The balm is light-weight and creamy in texture. It is peach in color and has a lovely European scent. Best suited for dry to normal skin types, if you have oily skin, give this product a miss.

Clarins - application

The Good –

  • Hydrating
  • Light-weight
  • Absorbs fast
  • Great as a primer and even better as a mask
  • Makes the skin look fresh and radiant

The Not-so-Good –

  • May not work on oily skin
  • The price – a bit steep for an everyday product but great for a once-a-week indulgence
  • Not so easily available in India.

My Experience With Clarins Beauty Flash Balm –

I loved the product as a balm. A miracle worker for tired skin, it is the perfect balm for my dull and dry skin. I felt it was a bit expensive as an everyday moisturizer but I’m definitely using it as a weekly treatment mask for my pollution-abused face.

Would I Recommend It?

Definitely! It’s a must-have for every beauty aficionado and I give it a 5/5 as a mask and 4/5 as a primer.



Happy Easter Friends!

Happy Easter Sunday - Kritika Sharma


Happy Easter to all my Blogging Bunnies from all over the world… Much Love, Kritzy!

“Easter is the time of love, of family, and of peace. It is a time when we say quiet thanks for all that we have and for all that the future holds.” – Anna Marie Edwards

So, Let’s gather around the breakfast table and enjoy a heartiest meal filled with love, laughter and happiness!

Here’s a super cute- super easy recipe for Easter breakfast that is going to win your kids’ hearts :

Bunny Pancakes - Easter Breakfast

Bunny Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes:


1 1/2 cups of old-fashioned oatmeal

2 eggs

2 egg whites

280 grams of peeled red apple

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

2-3 teaspoons of coconut sugar OR 2-3 envelopes of stevia (optional)

Blend all ingredients and cook as regular pancakes.

For Decoration : Bananas and chocolate chips for the bunnies feet (to be used to make paws)

Whipped cream and shredded coconut for the white puffy tail.

Some goji berries for the flowers.

To add a little oomph to your breakfast setting, here is a little video from YouTube that shows an extremely simple way of folding napkins into Easter Bunnies 🙂


Hope you all have a great Easter Sunday and a wonderful weekend. Happy Easter Friends!


Through The Mist Of Emotions!

such_is_life I’ve really been pondering lately over what to do with this little piece of my life. Clearly I’ve been doing something else, because I sure as heck haven’t been writing much. I’ve been so sporadic with posting that I may as well not call myself a blogger anymore… and if I have to say “Sorry for the absence (yet again)” one more time, I may just stop following myself. I have to be honest. I have sat down to write my posts so many times now that I’ve lost count. I tried to write it in the middle of the struggles I’m facing, just to update everyone and to spill my heart a little bit, because I needed some therapy but the words wouldn’t come. Well, honestly – the words came, but they weren’t the words I wanted to say. I was bitter. I was questioning God. I was emotional. And my words showed it. I don’t want to be someone who publicly doubts God, even when my heart is feeling it – I don’t want to show it. If you are friends with me or know me personally, this is old news to you, but I still need to write it, even if its just for me. Because my heart changed, my spirit has awakened, and I see everything just a little bit differently, as cliché as that sounds. I’ve always had trouble expressing myself in front of others. Yes! Hard to believe as it may be, not even my family knows the true “ME”! In real life I come across as a happy-go-lucky, talkative girl – someone who manages to smile through the worst situations, so much so, that I have at times been called an Ice Princess to my face (for being emotionally detached). But to tell you the truth, I can actually count the number of people who ACTUALLY know me, on one hand. I compartmentalize everything. Broken, Sad, Angry, Disappointed…I have many small boxes in my heart where I simply lock everything I’m not ready to face, and forget about it. It’s not the same as bottling things up until they overflow; they are more like Pandora’s boxes- forgotten till eternity or all hell will break loose. A survivor’s mechanism – Yes, but this has changed me over time – and HOW! I crave for someone who understands how I feel without my having to say anything, explain anything, justify anything! Since I’m sure as hell never going to find one like that, I have taken the first nervous baby steps into this world of journaling my feelings online – where I hope to find people, who mirror my emotions, ramble on, talk, chat.. and just plain feel better about themselves without the scare of people judging them. Confused as ever, I really didn’t know what to call this little space of mixed emotions. I wanted to write about ‘words I wish I had said’, ‘random musings of a sentimental dreamer’, ‘confessions of a hopeless romantic’, ‘chronicles of an unpredictable drama queen’, so, I choose to call it – ‘LIFE AS I KNOW IT’ – as someone who is trying to learn the uncomfortable art of letting herself be seen. Because beneath the makeup and behind the smile, I’m just a girl who wishes for the world. Kritika_Sharma

This Or That – Beauty Edition Tag


Being a true-to-the-core Gemini, ‘This or That’ is an epithet often awarded to me. Eternally confused and loving every minute of it; this Beauty Edition tag has been exceptionally fun to write (especially since answering every question was like choosing between my arm and leg) and I have the very beautiful Nadine to thank for it. If you haven’t been to her blog – ‘Ladies and Lace‘ (now isn’t THAT a fashionable name 😉 ), then you have no idea what you are missing. Pop over to say hello and enjoy her wonderful musings!

                             When I saw this tag on Karen’s blog (another lovely blogger who’s posts just fill your heart with joy!), I really wanted to be a part of it. Fashion and beauty are the propellers to my existence, so you can imagine how chuffed I was to find that I had been tagged by Nadine to feature in it 🙂

Let’s get the ball rolling!


  • Blush or Bronzer?

❤ Bronzer. I have naturally rosy cheeks and use foundation to tone it down, but I don’t think I can do without my bronzer (contouring, you see!)

  • Lip Gloss or Lipstick?

❤ Lipstick especially the 9-5 kinds as I do tend to eat them minutes after applying *facepalm*

  • Eyeliner or Mascara?

❤ I feel naked without my Mascara – eyeliner I can do without. Mascara tends to open up my peeps.

  • Foundation or Concealer?

❤ Ooh! That’s a toughie! I think I’d have to say foundation. Full coverage I guess.

  • Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow?

❤ Is gold neutral? I don’t think I’ve ever experimented with colour *hmm, Interesting!*

  • Brushes or Sponges?

❤ Brushes, any day. So much easier to handle.

Nails :

  • OPI or China Glaze?

❤ I haven’t heard of China Glaze (sounds Interesting), so OPI

  • Long or Short?

❤ Longish… I wish I were comfortable with long nails but they make typing very difficult, so I settle for ‘between long and short’.

  • Acrylic or Natural?

❤ Natural… I’ve tried permanent acrylics and they lasted less than a day and cost me a bomb. I couldn’t stand the feel of them 😐

  • Brights or Darks?

❤ Neutrals. I usually flaunt a French Manicure and can stand vibrant hues on my nails for a few hours only, but give me a neutral shade any day. *Am I weird?*


  • Perfume or Body Spray?

❤ Duh! Perfume. Here’s a tip – Spritz a little perfume in your closet and your clothes will always smell nice, even on days when you forget to wear perfume in a hurry 🙂

  • Lotion or Body Butter?

❤ I have combination skin, so body butter in winters and lotions in summers. I especially love the olive body butter by The Body Shop.

  • Body Wash or Soap?

❤ The awesome range of fruity body washes! They smell good enough to eat 🙂

  • Lush or other Bath Stores?

❤ We don’t have Lush here so I pick The Body Shop. I think I own almost every single product of their’s. I’m quite a hoarder  that way – too bad, they last an eternity.


  • Jeans or Sweatpants?

❤ ‘I am a sweatpants and messy hair kind of girl’ *stealing the quote I found on Pinterest*

  • Long Sleeved or Short?

❤ Short. Long Sleeves make me look frumpy 😦

  • Dresses or Skirts?

❤ Ummm… Both! Yep, definitely both. Flirty dresses and cute skirts 😉

  • Stripes or Plaids?

❤ Stripes, but only vertical. Horizontal stripes tend to add about ten pound to my figure *facepalm*

  • Flip flops or Sandals?

❤ Flip flops or ballet flats, but when I’m partying out it definitely sky-high heels – much to the discomfiture of my short height-ed bestie :p

  • Scarves or Hats?

❤ Scarves. They are so Parisian-chic! *dreamy-eyed*

  • Studs or Dangling Earrings?

❤ Studs – diamonds to be precise. Could there be anything better?

  • Necklaces or Bracelets?

❤ Chunky bracelets any day


  • Curly or Straight?

❤ The best of both worlds – Wavy! (my natural hair texture)

  • Bun or Ponytail?

❤ A messy bun. I don’t remember when I wore my hair in a ponytail last.

  • Long or Short?

❤ Loooooooooong! Like really long. *sob sob* cursing the slow growth of my medium-length tresses.

  • Light or Dark?

❤ Or red or green or purple 😉 Name the shade and I’ve got it done at some point in my life, much to my mom’s horror! Right now it’s light-ish! 🙂

  • Up or Down?

❤ Down, most of the time.

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Awww… it’s over! I had fun doing this! It’s so enlightening when you are pinned down to choose either ‘This or That’. Thanks again Nadine, for tagging me!

Hope you guys had as much fun reading it as I had answering it! Have a Happy Weekend!




Hey there, Blogging Bunnies!

Hope you all had a great, fun week. I have been meaning to get back into blogging for quite some time now. So, I thought why not start with something that gives you an opportunity to get to know me better. I’ve been seeing this tag floating around my reader for quite some time now and I must say it’s quite helpful in getting to know fellow bloggers. So, Here are my 50 random facts.  Apologies if it’s a bit too long! (I Love Talking)

1 ❤ I am a hopeless romantic even though I don’t believe in fairy tales.

2 ❤ I am a true Gemini – to the core – right down to the multiple personalities and quite proud of being the ‘FUN’ zodiac.

3 ❤ Eternal love for me is caring for someone. I’m the kind of person who shows my love by caring and not through words.

4 ❤ I hate exercising in the gym but am always game for hiking, leisure walks, swims and yoga.

5 ❤ I am addicted to chocolate and may need to go to a rehab – if they have one for people like me! If I don’t get to eat something even remotely chocolaty everyday I get really grumpy.

6 ❤ Another one of my addictions is hot chocolate and coffee – and I absolutely detest any kind of cold drink – coffee, water, shakes et all.

7 ❤ I love learning new languages – and the next on my list is French. The day I learn French I’ll treat myself to a trip to Paris – the city of love, wine and street style cafes.

8 ❤ I love driving even though I strongly say I hate it – I dunno why I do this, seriously! :\

9 ❤ I dream in black and white.

10 ❤ I love the 1950s when chivalry wasn’t dead and romance was at it’s best.

11 ❤ I’m a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn and wore my first black dress and my mom’s pearls at the tender age of 12. This jump started my love for fashion.


12 ❤ I am a bookworm. I just love the smell of old, dog-eared books. They have so many tales to tell but I completely hate e-Books and Kindle.

13 ❤ I can’t sleep without reading a book. My all-time favourite is ‘Alice in Wonderland’. It’s also my guide to life – so much wisdom in those words!

14 ❤ I love mountains more than beaches but that’s mainly because I love snow; winter being my favourite season.

15 ❤ I absolutely love dogs and will own one someday. I’ve even picked out the name – ‘Kiezer’ (kaa-eh-zer).

16 ❤ I am a hard core foodie and have to have tons of options to choose from, only to eat everything on offer and then some more!

17 ❤ Which brings me to my silliest and truest wish – to eat without gaining weight *sigh*

18 ❤ I just love spending time at the Spa. It’s so therapeutic – more than shopping *eep*

19 ❤ I love and own loads of expensive makeup but don’t know how to put it on properly.

20 ❤ I always end up using kohl and tinted lip balm (Born Lippy from The Body Shop).

21 ❤ I hate talking on the phone. It’s so discomforting when you can’t see someone’s face.

22 ❤ I own 27 pairs of flats but wear the same pair everyday *I am weird*

23 ❤ I prefer casual over dressy and would wear jeans and Tee to work everyday if I could get away with it .

24 ❤ I hate drinking tea.

25 ❤ Here’s an irony – I love the British custom of having tea and cakes every afternoon – just make mine coffee and cakes/cookies.

26 ❤ I’ve only ever worn one perfume all my life – Chanel No.5 – a classic.

27 ❤ If I don’t give a ‘d’uck about you I won’t even bother arguing, justifying or replying back to you. You’ll simply cease to exist in my world.

28 ❤ I am a complete ‘weirdo’ when it comes to my personality – I’m completely in love with the notion of love but am extremely rational in day-to-day life. I compartmentalize everything.

29 ❤ Even though I’m super organized, I am a closet slob *facepalm* Open my closet at your own risk.

30 ❤ I am addicted to pinterest. I pin images like a crazy bird.

31 ❤ I always find a way to DIY anything I love (refer to the Audrey Hepburn wall decal above).

32 ❤ Once I am ready for going out I hate to be kept waiting. *Let’s go already, Chop! Chop!*

33 ❤ I like slow, soulful songs more than foot-tapping numbers.

34 ❤ I have an insane love for stationery and notebooks. The only thing sad about it is that I just can’t make myself finish one from cover to cover.

35 ❤ I love a good mystery – be it books, movies, sitcoms or life. It’s the spice that genuinely keeps me interested *I hope I never get to know my husband*.

36 ❤ I hate window shopping. I’ll enter the mall only if I have to buy something – a fact my bestie hates in me.

37 ❤ I love talking, talking, talking! I sometimes go super-sonic and eat my words when I get excited.

38 ❤ I can keep a secret really well – but that’s mainly because of my short term memory. My brain reboots every few days, but hey, that only means that I’ll always find your stories new and exciting, Yea!

39 ❤ One day I want to sleep under a night sky full of twinkling stars, listening to old romantic songs, snuggled in a cozy blanket.

40 ❤ Even though I’m not scared of heights, I cannot bring myself to stand on a chair or table or any place from where I can fall and break a limb. *shudders*

41 ❤ I love swimming. It’s my favourite form of exercise. Wish I could say the same for my chlorine-abused hair and skin.

42 ❤ I always have to write my thought in a notebook before typing them out on my laptop – Yes, I am an old soul trapped in a young body!

43 ❤ I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo but am dead scared of needles.

44 ❤ My friends and family call me ‘a delicate darling’ as I bruise like a peach!

45 ❤ My favourite fruit is – green grapes – because you can just pop them in your mouth – Yes, I’m lazy! Why not other berries, you ask? Because grapes make wine too 😉

46 ❤ I love baking desserts. I love eating them more!

47 ❤ I can’t stand people with bad grooming habits – especially unkempt nails *yuck!*

48 ❤ I love brands – “I am too poor to buy cheap things” – a quote I swear by!

49 ❤ I love pastels and neutrals more than pop.

50 ❤ Here’s my biggest revelation – I talk to myself when I’m alone – There, it’s out now! I’m a complete WEIRDO! :$

Gosh this was hard but also a lot of fun. Apologies if it was a bit too lengthy. Hope you had fun reading my random facts. Do drop a comment with your thoughts on it and also if you try it out. I’d love to get to know you guys a bit better too. Cheers, and have a happy weekend! Untitled

The Liebster Award!


Hey there, Lovelies! Hope you all are having a great weekend. Well, I have been nominated for my first ever Liebster Award by the lovely Sarah Knueppel @  A special thank you to Sarah for nominating me. Guys, if you haven’t been to her blog already then do pop over and say hi!

So, Here go the rules :

1) Thank and link the person who nominated you.
2) Answer the questions given by the nominator.
3) Nominate 11 other bloggers and link them.
4) Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
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