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I have been super late in catching up with the reviews of my Play ! By Sephora Subscription boxes. I have been enjoying them and using them. Maybe playing a bit too much with all the new beauty items, that the blogging took a hit. I plan to correct that and catch up with you all, with all that I am loving and all that I am not. Fall is here in full swing, and I might still have some late Summer beauty picks. My October Box is on its way home, so lets see which products featured in the August and September boxes. Of the two boxes, if you ask me, which one I loved more, I would clearly say, it was the August box. Without further ado, lets get on with it, shall be.

                                 SEPTEMBER : THE UNBASIC  BASICS

If you are new to the Play ! by Sephora Subscription boxes, then let me fill you in. You pay a monthly fee of $10 plus taxes, and a box containing handpicked beauty , skin care and perfume sample reach you by mail. Every month has a theme, and the products are woven around it. The theme for the month of September was The UnBasic Basics. It also comes with a Info Sheet describing the products and also a Play Pass. Sadly for me, my city's Sephora does not host Play Dates yet. This was clearly a Summer Box . The box was a mix of some cult products and some new products.

                                                 KAT VON D TAOTOO LINER IN TROOPER : 

This is the latest holy grail of liquid eye liners. Every beauty guru raves about it. Personally speaking, I am not a fan of liquid eye liner. I am partial to my gel eye liners as I find them to be more convenient somehow. But if I had to pick out my favorite high end liquid eye liner, it would be Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. Don't be fooled into thinking its a felt tip. I thoight so too. Its actually 300 brush bristles blended together to give you that precise line. The color is highly pigmented. Even if you feel you struggle with eye liner, it should be easy for you to use this product. Its waterproof and long wearing. You can apply a thicker line, a thin line or even a double line.  I love a good black eyeliner, and this surely fits the bill by all means.


 Dont get me wrong, I love pink lipstoiks. But since its a Septempber Box, I would have preferred a more Fall appropriate color on the lips. Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell, is a dusty rose lipstick. Its sheer but buildable. I found the formula  to be moisturising. Good for a dash of color on the school run in the morning. Not a wow product.

                                  ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS CLEAR BROW GEL 

 And the box had another cult favorite product. I am a big fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel . It locks in your brow make up, without crunching it. Its long wearing. Clearly there's nothing wrong in it, if you ask me, I have gone through tubes and tubes of these as I use it every day. If you want to invest in your brow products, then this is a must have.

This was a new product for me. I am a bit sceptical about new hair products, as I have colored hair. My hair is also very dry. The product claimed that it was safe for colored hair. I used it as recommended. I used it on dry hair from roots to ends, at night and let it absorb for some time, before I crashed out. I didnt wrap my hair in a towel or a shower cap, and there wasn't a residue on my pillow. I washed my hair the next morning. My hair was noticeably soft. Now that's a hair mask, I am going to purchase. It was fast absorbing, which makes it a lot hassle free to use.


This was another new product for me. I have dry skin, so I am always on the look out for a good moisturizer. But I am skin is extremely sensitive so I have to be careful about the ingredients and formula. Its a water based moisturizer which claims to plump up your skin too. I liked texture and it seemed pretty light. Its something I could wear under my make up.

                                           TORY BURCH JOLIE FLEUR VERTE
Every box comes with a bonus floral perfume sample. This month's perfume was Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte. I love floral notes, and the high notes of this perfume were Lily, and Jasmine, with undertones of madarin and neroli oil. Its a good summer fragrance , I believe.

                                                       AUGUST : THE EYE OPENERS 
     The focus was on the Eyes in August. And I love my eye make up, if you didn't know already.


I like products which can be mulititasked. This is an eyeliner, which can also double up as a cream eye shadow. Its in a lovely plum shade, which can be used as a bold line. Or can be smudged into a soft smokey eye. Although this box came in August, I must say, this eye product is perfect for a Fall Eye. It comes in a range of colors so you can take your pick. I used it over a eye shadow primer, as I have oily lids. The pencil is creamy and glides on when you are lining your eyes.

                                           URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA
 A cult favorite again. Who doesn't love a good black mascara. I have been a fan of this product for some time, and have been using it quite often. Its one of my favorite high end mascaras. Its lenghtening and volumizing and is very build able to get get your desired effect. Its very pigmented and long staying. Its fool proof. The applicator is great to use, and doesn't have those uncomfortable plastic bristles, which almost hurt you in the eye if you are not careful.

                                    MAKE UP FOREVER ARTIST SHADOW IN I-544

This is another Fall Beauty Product and can be used very well, with eye liner and mascara included in this box. The three of them together would make a cohesive Fall eye. The formula is pretty silky when I swatched it, and medium pigmented, if I may say. The color is a mauvy pinky brown with a hint of glitter. It can be used as an overall wash of color or can be built up . Personally I would use it across the lids, with the plum liner smudged along the upper lash line, and a few generous coats of the mascara.

                                                        CLEAN RESERVE WARM COTTON 

The perfume sample of the month of August Clean Reserve Warm Cotton. Its inspired by the beauty of the natural world. I am not a perfume expert, but it did have some vanilla notes. A so so perfume, if you ask me.


As I have dry skin, the keyword, " Glowing" always catches my attention. I am always on the look out for products which are hydrating. And I am not telling you this, because I have a tie up with this brand . Its just that , I love my skin care to be extra hydrating. I used it as a primer beneath my make up , and it stayed pretty well. The product was runny which was pretty surprising and I did have to use a lot of it.

                                           ALGENIST  EYE RENEWAL BALM 

The final product. I am in my mid 30s and I do try and follow a daily skin care routine.Retinol and eye creams feature heavily on that routine. The product claims to soothe and moisturize, and visibly reduce dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles with anti-aging Alguronic acid.


The first night of Runway shows. What do I wear? The million dollar question, right. Every outfit has an inspiration, every outfit has a story. I had picked out this long off the shoulder peasant dress in Summer and wore it quite a few times during my travels in India. I wanted to wear it for Fashion Week, when I first scored it off the racks. The inspiration came in from all my travels across the South-West. My husband loves the Canyons and he would go hiking every weekend if his day job allowed.

While I am not much of a hiking fan, I build up on my collection of turquoise jewellery when I travel to those parts. And over the years I have built up quite a collection, if I may say. So it all started off from a South Western Travel inspiration and the outfit came together.

 I added in the broad black waist belt to give the outfit some dimension. The skirt of the dress is its high point. I wanted it to stand out. But I am petite and volume can go against me, and make me look boxy, if not handled properly. That's where a belt come sin handy. It draws attention to the smallest part of your waist and balances the volume .

As it was the first night of runway shows, I wanted to keep my footwear comfortable. My options were ballet flats or black leather booties. Seems like the latter won the day. There's something chic about long dresses, with boots. Makes it a lot more edgier I feel. For my makeup, I kept it minimal, with no eye shadow at all. I wanted my Fall essential berry lips to stand out- MAC Rebel, of course.

And did I mention that KCFW had re branded itself with new colors and logos to celebrate their !0th Runway Season. It felt good to wear the same colors on opening nights. Monocrhomes are timeless and always on point.

If you loved my Outfit, then you can click on the Links below to shop them.

White and Black Off the shoulder Peasant Dress(Sold Out) . Similar  Here 
Black Leather Quilted Booties  
MAC Satin Lipstick - Rebel 
Wide Patent Leather Belt


Kansas City Fashion Week celebrates its 10th Runway Season with the Spring Summer '17 shows. While the runway shows began from Wednesday night, KC's Fashion community mingled from Sunday at one special event after the other, put together by the committee members. One such event was held at Tuesday evening at Overland Park. KCFW partnered with local boutiques Anaphora and Post+Edit for an evening of shopping,mingling and of course, Fashion. Am so proud and humbled to continue my association with KCFW as "Official Media," for yet another stunning season.

Shutterbugs, beautiful clothes, awesome accessories . Whats not to love !

While the event was divided between two different business establishments, the mood was similar. I cannot get over the beautiful roof top lounge . I was so busy enjoying myself , with everyone, that I forgot to do blogger duties, and take more pictures.

If you're  celebrating Fashion, then can Cosmopolitan be far behind. We sipped on cocktails (read Cosmopolitans) sponsored by Clear 10 Vodka and munched on appetizers by CocoBolos and enjoyed the sunset.

And what Fashion event is complete without catching up with old faces and meeting some new faces.

It was a great kickstart to all the action that was to follow. It surely did set me in the perfect mood to head to Union Station , for the next four days.

If you want to read more about my Outfit Details for the Day, then click , Here.

Stay tuned to the blog for all the updates from Kansas City Fashion Week Spring Summer'17 , by clicking on the label Fashion Week , in the menu bar of my Blog.

Photo Credits: Some photos are by me, while some are by Jason Atherton of Atherton Photography. 


KCFW is back and with this biggest season ever.Its the 10th Runway season of Kansas City Fashion Week and the week long celebration of fashion, kicked off last Sunday at the Van Noy Mansion. Blame my crazy schedule, and I missed out on the first two days. But the 3rd night saw me in my element in true KCFW form. I was invited for a KCFW Spring Summer '17kick off/preview at Anaphora and Post Edit in Prairie Fire, in Overland Park . And I was all set to usher in the new season. 

As it was an in store event, spanning across two boutiques - Anaphora and Post Edit, I decided to keep my outfit a bit casual yet chic. It was a beautiful fall evening so I picked out a fit and flare dress. Its always tricky to wear florals in Fall, according to many. But I feel if you pair it with season appropriate accessories and pick out a color scheme more apt, you dont look or feel out of tune. The crisp evenings of Fall were an inspiration for my icy blue floral fita nd flare dress. I paired it with my Denim jacket which was tailored pretty well. How a jacket fits you, can make or break an outfit, I believe. My problem area is my midriff, or my post baby flab. So I always try to dress up in a way,where the attention is elsewhere. Some crystal Forget -ME -Nots which I had picked out from Anchorage,during my last visit to Alaska. Its their state flower after all. To break the overriding blue monotony of my outfit, I paired it with Black quilted Booties(very Chanel inspired) and my Black leather Tote Bag. 


Ice Blue Skater Dress- H&M(old). Similar - Blue Floral Fit'n'Flare Dress
Light Blue Denim Jacket
Quilted Black Leather Booties
MAC Lustre Lipstick - Flamingo

Stay tuned to the Blog for a detailed Recap of KCFW SS'17 Kick off at Anaphora and Post Edit