Bangalore and Chennai based Fashion and Beauty Blog.

22.12.14

Winner of giveaway #3 + Tell me what you want to see on IshtyleAwhile.com in 2015



Hey everyone so I am done with my exam and I am back!! I am hoping that with all the scheduled posts you didn't miss me too much. I know I know, it was like an overload of looks of the day, but that was the simplest to schedule. To give you guys a break from seeing my face the next few posts are not makeup looks or outfits. We are going to take a look at how the year went, my favourite blushes and lipsticks for the year, and how 2014 was for me and IshtyleAwhile. I have a form which I would love for you all to fill. It just takes about two minutes and I just want to know what kind of  posts you all loved reading on IshtyleAwhile and what posts you would like to see in 2015. Just two minutes guys, I promise.

15.12.14

The Nature's Co takes on the fight to prevent Dengue and Malaria


Just One Day to Go! Book yours now.
The Nature's Co. Christmassy Beauty Wish Box




It's time to get your stoles and shawls out! We are giving away free stoles with our December BeautyWish Box - Christmassy Special. Book your Boxes tomorrow itself, as subscriptions end Monday night. Enjoy winters with our warm freebie and a luxurious pamper from our Christmassy Products. So, Chris Kid, we here, are so ready to be your Secret Santa. Book right away at : @http://bit.ly/1mTKtxP for just Rs. 595/-.

The Nature's Co. takes on the fight against Dengue & Malaria


With an aim to raise awareness and control the rising number of Dengue & Malaria cases across the country, The Nature's Co. does it all they can to prevent the spread of virus with their motto of "Sheild your Family!". With dengue wreaking havoc and malaria spreading like wild fire, on popular demand The Nature's Co. offers BUY 1 GET 1 FREE on their Citronella Insect Repellent Spray. The unique combination of Citronella, Lemongrass and Eucalyptus Oil formulated by the experts of TNC, makes it naturally very gentle on the skin and lets you enjoy a carefree outing, be it your morning - evening walks at the park or sending your children to the garden to play, or be it even your good night sleep, The Nature's Co. promises to take in charge to keep the unwanted guests (only the deadly insects, as this smells divine otherwise!) away.

Straight from the Founder of TNC, Natasha Shah, below are few precautions and tips on how you can avoid mosquitoes and insect bites and massively reduce the risk against your health and the discomfort of being bitten. 
  • Use insect repellents on exposed skin before you get bitten - not after!
  • Wear light coloured clothing during the day.
  • Avoid shady spots. Biting is less common in sunshine and brightly lit areas.
  • Avoid sheltered spots, a breeze will make it hard for mosquitoes, midges and many other insects to find you.
  • Avoid areas close to water and waterlogged grounds where insects hatch or breed.
  • Wear loose long sleeved tops and trousers to cover exposed skin on arms and legs, particularly at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes bite the most.
  • Repellent treated clothing provides extra protection.
  • Close mosquito screens and hang mosquito nets before dusk.
  • Use a mosqui-go, mosquito coils or insecticide spray to clear rooms of insects before you retire for the night.


She ends saying, "Travel confidently, enjoy your holiday, and keep the unnecessary at bay!"


miss kays

:)

*Press release sent by brand

9.12.14

Pamper yourself with some new launches this winter by The Nature's Co

Winter Love from TNC

The Nature's Co. spreads love with their new launches this Winters!

7.12.14

Giveaway #2 winners and I Spy #2 winner

My exam is in exactly 2 weeks so I will keep this really short and to the point.

Winners of the 2nd giveaway:

1st Prize: Saraswati Thakur

2nd Prize: Lynettee4

3rd Prize: Babelicious_ekta

Congratulations!
Please send me your contact details is and mentions which prize you have won. Send and email to krupa@ishtyleawhile.com

Winner of I Spy #2

The correct answer was Maybelline Crazy for Coffee
and the winner is...

Srishty

Send your contact details girl!!
I would like all winners to please note that I will be sending out the prizes only after the 21st of this month, So please be patient. 

Alright, I'm signing out now. There are posts scheduled till the 21st and there is another giveaway coming up around the 15th of this month so stay tuned for that!!

BTW thank you all for the sweet wishes on my birthday!!!

miss kays 2011 

1.12.14

I Spy #2 [CLOSED]

After the huge success of the first edition of I Spy, here is the second one.
In case you have no idea what I Spy is, check this out.

So here is the next riddle.

I Spy with my little eye hidden treasure,
A long forgotten budget beauty,
From the smoky eye to the nude face.
A peachy brown lippie for all eternity
Though it sounds like a hot beverage
Its performance is beyond average.
What is it?

Leave your name and guess in the comments section below. All comments will go into moderation so don't worry if you don't see your comments. I will approve all the comment after the contest is over. This is just ensure that there is no possibility of someone copying the answers (yes yes the teacher in me speaks)

This is open till midnight of 6th December 2014.

The winner will be randomly chosen from those who have the correct answer.
The correct answer and the winner will be announced on December 7th on the blog along with the giveaway #2 winners.
This is open only for Indian Residents.

As I have mentioned before the product I am talking about has been reviewed and featured on my blog so feel free to look around for the answer.

Happy guessing!

miss kays

:)

28.11.14

Blog sale [OPEN]

Hey everyone!
So a few weeks ago I had posted on Instagram about me cleaning out my stash and wondered whether I should have a blog sale or not. While I was collecting things to put on sale, my friends turned up and flicked a whole bunch of items that I wanted to put on sale. I ended up cleaning out a few more things from my collection to put on sale. Major decluttering happening.
I was also approached by a reader asking whether I would host her stuff on sale, so no worries people, there is a sale happening.

25.11.14

Why I will be inactive for a while + upcoming blog sale announcement

Hey everyone
I just wanted to post a quick note. You may have noticed that I have had less reviews in the past few weeks. There are two reasons for this.
1) I am testing some skin care products currently and skin care takes time to review.
2) I have been writing a few reviews over at The Metro Beauty. SO yes, besides writing for my own blog. I am writing for them as well.
If you click here you can see what I have written for other blogs.

I wanted to inform you guys that I am writing an exam on Dec 21st and so I will be kind of missing from blogging for the next month. I am trying to get some scheduled posts up but given the fact that I am taking tuitions, a Skype class and teaching part time in a school, besides studying for my own exam, I don't think I will be able to schedule more than 2 or 3 posts. I do have some simple posts ready to go, but there will be probably not be any reviews or outfit posts for a month.

This doesn't mean that my blog will be completely inactive. I have a giveaway going on currently sponsored by The Dancing Jewels. I have two more I Spy editions planned and another giveaway coming up soon after this one finishes.

Also, on  November 28th, 2014, there will be a blog sale from 3pm onwards. Don't forget to come and check out the products.

I am not going to be completely missing, I will keep posting on Instagram.

So stick around for the fun activities that will be there and before you know it, one month will be over and I will be back to blogging regularly.

Take care.

miss kays

:)

19.11.14

Winners announcement: Giveaway #1 and I Spy #1

L'Oreal Paris presents The Infallible Range

Looking for some bold lipsticks for the fall and winter that last you the whole day and into the night? Look no further! L'Oreal has a new range of Infallible lipsticks out.


18.11.14

The Nature's Co is launching something new this International Men's Day.

Did you guys know that November 19th is International Men's day?? I didn't!! Now I have to get my dad something. Well The Nature's Co hasn't forgotten the important men in our life and is launching a new product just for them. Read on to find out more.

The Nature's Co. launches their Watermint Foaming Shave Gel, this International Men's Day. 

13.11.14

I Spy #1 [CLOSED]

As promised here is the first edition of I Spy!

I Spy with my little eye something that makes my brown eyes sparkle.
It is the colour of nobility but not quite what I wanted.
Budget friendly, long lasting, no sharpening and so easy to tackle.
Even after a makeup remover, the shimmer leaves me haunted
What is it?

Leave your name and your guess in the comments section below. This is open till midnight of November 19th 2014, and I will randomly choose a winner from those of you with the correct answers. The correct answer and the winner will be announced on November 20th 2014.
As I said before, this is a product that has been featured on IshtyleAwhile before, so feel free to look around and find the product. All the clues are in the riddle.
(P.S. this is open only to Indian Residents.)

Happy guessing!!

miss kays
:)

4.11.14

Sneak peek: Upcoming Giveaway

Hey I have a giveaway starting tomorrow and I thought I would post a sneak peek of what is up for grabs.


Come back tomorrow at noon to see how to enter the giveaway.

miss kays

:)

31.10.14

What to expect in November and December- a quick update

I've finally found my rhythm with blogging, studying for my exam that is less than two months away, and taking tuitions (yes the teacher in me just can't stay away from helping kids). I am really excited about the next two months because I have reasons to celebrate- my blog is now a .com, my blog's anniversary is coming up, my bike's birthday is coming up and my birthday is coming up! The best part of all, after Dec 22nd, I don't have study for a while. Wooohooo!

So I have some really fun stuff planned for the next two months. A series of giveaways, blog sale, a Makeup lottery, a new series are some of things that you can expect in the upcoming months. Maybe, hopefully a few more collaboration posts, maybe a flash contest or two,a and some more Avatar posts. I'm just drawing out a schedule keeping in mind my studying schedule. I am so excited (I think I already said that), I hope you are too. Stay tuned.

Is there anything specific that you want to see on the blog? Any specific types of posts? Let me know in the comments and I will try to get posts on those as well.

miss kays

:)

29.10.14

Guest Post: Layering for every weather.

Bangalore is getting colder and it is time to pull out the sweaters. To help you layer up for this weather, or in any weather, I've brought in a little help today in the form of Fashion and Frappes.

27.10.14

Sneak Peek: An upcoming guest blog

Bangalore is getting so cold!! I am not a fan of waking up to the lack of sunlight because of the dark black rain clouds. That being said, layering is pretty fun. The next guest post is just that. Three girls, three cities, three different ways of layering will be here on with love from Fashion and Frappes.
So say hi to Anisha, Bidisha and Satarupa and stay tuned for their guest post. 
In the meantime, go read my guest post on their blog right here.


miss kays

:)

26.10.14

#Pinktober: Pink for a cause.

24.10.14

Deciphering the Puzzle nail art

Nail art is so not my thing. You have seen my very failed attempts to at nail art before, so for a change I brought in someone new to show you a really simple but fun design for your nails.
Everyone meet Chloe, a fellow beauty blogger. What I like best about her blog is her nail art and so I asked her to do one for you guys.

23.10.14

Some ways to add pizzazz to your eye makeup: Party/ Festive special

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful Diwali!
I don't know about your guys, but I have some post Diwali get together to attend and sometimes wearing just a plain black liner is boring  + I don't have time to use multiple eyeshadows and blend, so here are some ways in which you add a little something more to your black eyeliner.

21.10.14

See what The Nature's Co has to offer for Diwali and beyond.

The Nature's Co. unveils the Grande Deepavali Fest till the 31st of October

Collablog Diaries: Our Favourite Bling for the Festive Season

15.10.14

IshtyleAwhile on Instagram with a Diwali special Giveaway!

I am addicted to Instagram. I can't believe I just confessed that on a public forum, but oh well. I didn't expect to get addicted but I am just checking makeup pictures every hour!

To commemorate IshtyleAwhile being on Instagram  I wanted to host a quick giveaway only for Instagram followers and Rominks-The Style Shop was kind enough to sponsor the prizes for this.
Rominks basically sells accessories at affordable prices. You should really check out their collection either on FB or Instagram.

Thank you Rominks! 

If are following Ishtyleawhile on Instagram then you will know that this giveaway started last night itself. There will be 3 winners and the prizes are some pretty accessories to add some bling to your Diwali outfit.


The giveaway is from 14th October to 19th October, 2014 up till 8pm

So here are the rules:
1) This is open to Indian residents only.
2) You must follow IshtyleAwhile - (http://instagram.com/ishtyleawhile) and  Rominks- The Style Shop (http://instagram.com/rominks_the_style_shop) on Instagram.
3) Repost the picture that we upload on Instagram and tag both IshtyleAwhile and Rominks in that photograph.

Check back on the 20th October for the announcement of the winners. We're hoping to get the prizes to reach the winners before Diwali.

I will have a post up soon showing you some ways in which you can style these accessories.

Again this is only an Instagram giveaway.

Hurry and go enter!

miss kays

:)

Are you still reading here? Go Go Go to Instagram!

6.10.14

Confessions: On finding myself through blogging and a huge shoutout to some very special bloggers.

There are some things that we never think we will achieve, possibly because we never really thought about it. We never had a game plan or a thought about the future. And then one day we start to wonder where exactly we want to go, are we on the right path? Where do we see ourselves in 5 years or may be 10?
Every relationship has a starting point, a period of lag and ups and downs. That's exactly what I have been through with my blog. It started on a whim in November 2011. I never really put much thought into it. If others could write, I could write, no biggie, right? Wrong!!
I had no clue about blogging. That was the truth. This is hit me hard only when I conducted my first giveaway and had like 5 people enter it. I was living in a fantasy that I would get hundreds of viewers and followers with just this one giveaway. Reality was that my blog was barely visible. The problem was not my writing. The problem was that I had no idea where I was headed. I was wandering and this reflected in my blog. Inconsistent writing, irregular posts and the lack of focus was so blatantly out there. I had no niche, no USP. I know I may be sounding really harsh on myself, but we are our worst critics.

Then I decided I had to apply myself more and from mid 2013 I started paying more attention to details like the photos, the background, variety in posts but yet sort of regular features. But I still had a lot of points that I wanted to figure out.
In May 2014 I forced myself to post everyday for the entire month. One day I got a message from a friend on Facebook, a girl I hadn't really talked to since I graduated B.Sc. She told me that she really enjoyed reading my blog and had been silently following me for a while now. She loved my outfit posts and wished I posted more regularly, I felt so happy!! I mean this is a girl who I felt was one of the most fashionable in my class and here she was praising my work. I was just flying high that day.

For a long time, I hadn't really told anyone about the blog, not even my family. I would secretly click pictures of my face or the products and then blog. I was in hiding even though I was out on the web. It took me over a year to go sort of public with the fact that I was blogging about makeup and fashion. I guess at some level I was worried about seeming shallow because I have had people say that before. I have been with people who label anyone who applies makeup or worries about accessories not matching their clothes to be shallow and I couldn't let myself to be honest about how much I loved this!

Now, my mom tells all her friends that her daughter is a beauty blogger. My dad makes suggestions about posts I could do. My friends ask for my advice on what products to buy and skincare for their skin type, and me, I have never been happier.

I now have a plan, a focus. I know where I am going, well part of the way atleast. Some parts of it, I will just wing it.

I don't know if you have noticed but I am no longer IshtyleAwhile.blogspot.in but now IshtyleAwhile.com. It has taken me 3 years to realise how passionate I am about this and what sort of blog I want this to be. 3 years to discover different side of me. This is the start of something new.

Before I end this post, I have a few people besides my family that I want to thank.

To my best friend in the entire world for helping me with the technicalities of getting a domain. I love you Janani.

To Mily of Pinkrimage, Srishty of Life of Srish, Poonam of Beauty and Makeup Matters, Rose of Glittertrails, Sindhu of SindhuJP, Harine of Crazyforcosmetics for being friends. You've made me realise that the blogging community isn't selfish. There is always someone to help you if you reach out to them. There is no jealousy or competition, but a sense of companionship. I cannot thank you ladies enough! I know there are a few more people who I need to add to this list.

To Tanmayee and Roshni, two ex students of mine who have been reading my blog since the start.

And to the rest of my readers, silent and active, Thank you so much for all your love and support and encouragement. I really hope I can continue to live up to your expectations and make this blog grow more.

with love

Krupa (miss kays)

P.S I am having a little issue with the commentluv. So that's why Sindhu, Srish and Harine your comments aren't seen here. But i have them in my inbox. 

5.10.14

The month that was- September 2014

4.10.14

Navrathri Day 6: Lets paint the town Red, the Maharasthrian way.

2.10.14

Infographic on combating oily acne prone skin

Who hasn't battled with acne at some point in their life?? I still am. At the age of 28, you would think that my skin would have started to age by now, but no, it decides to rebel just now and is going through a troublesome teenage phase. (you can check out my posts on my battle with acne here and here)

Livia from OilySkinBlog has put together an infographic on battling acne which is what I am sharing with you today.




Head over to Livia's blog for more tips on how to battle acne and deal with oily skin.

Comment below telling us how you deal with oily skin problems and acne. We would love to hear from all of you.

miss kays 

:)



28.9.14

Navrathri Day 3: The Gujrathi in Black

27.9.14

Dancing your way to health- Part 1

26.9.14

What I would wear if I went for a football match.

Those who know me know that the chances of me going for a football match is probably negative, but they also know that I never skip the opportunity to put together an outfit.

So in the hypothetical situation that I would go for a football match, here is what I would wear.

Fanatics is a website where you can get jerseys from your favourite NFL teams and more. Now since I don't watch NFL, choosing a jersey for me was purely based on colour and the name of the team. I chose a jersey from Miami Dolphins for 3 reasons
1) The colour is my favourite.
2) Dolphins are really cute animals.
3) Miami = beach, who doesn't want that imagery in their head.



For the casual vibe, I chose track pants and flip flops.





A cap and tote are essential for a day out. You need to be able to carry everything and stay protected from the sun.



No outfit is complete without accessories, so I added a charm bracelet and cute dolphin earrings.




Check out Fanatics and let me know your favourite team and the jersey you would choose.

Fanatics would be every sports lover's dream come true.

miss kays

:)