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AND is the brand name for the exclusive creations of Anita Dongre, the famous designer who has more brands in her names. While AND is the collection of everything from Corporate wear to semi-formal evenings or a causal hangout with friends, one can wear AND to add the edge to your personality. AND provides you with a wide range of trousers, skirts, tunics, tops, shift dresses, jackets & vests to suit any occasion you choose to sport the outfit. Immense attention to the cuts, detailing and finishing, makes AND a class apart. And a must have for every woman’s wardrobe who has an eye for style.

The other brands in Anita Dongre's name are:

ANITA DONGRE IINTER PRET - a high-impact, globetrotting, mix and match western wear, fashion brand. 
ANITA DONGRE TIMELESS - The label caters to custom made occasion wear, where Anita meets clients personally and creates gorgeous outfits to the tastes of the buyer. Be it a bridal trousseau or a red carpet stunner.

GRASSROOT  - an eco-friendly label that works sustainable fabrics and with traditional crafts into a versatile range of stylish wardrobe essentials.

GLOBALDESI - Designed on the lines of “Global Style, Indian Threads”, this collection of Indo-western apparel embodies the best of both worlds.

Talking about how I came to know about AND is the dress in the picture above. One day while browsing for some dresses, I came across this dress and it led me to the treasure of Anita Dongre creations. 

It is evident that Anita Dongre's pieces have an elegant cut and visual appeal that adds glamour and warmth to the pieces. Her simple white cotton tunic is a beauty. 

AND does not feel heavy when it comes to pockets. The collection is very affordable and sometimes it feels incredible to me. I am fond of doing thrift shopping, but if I have such pieces and prices, I won't mind spending. 

AND is not for only women but for our men too. You can buy Anita Dongre's AND collections for men here.

Apart from all this, I really love these two bags from Globaldesi and I thought you mite like it too:

I wanted to write about this for a long time, but somehow I "managed"
 to lose the website name. I found it and made a note of it, thinking that I would post only after I buy something from AND but that day never came. So, finally I made it possible and I am glad that AND became a part of the Shopping, Style and Us posts.

If you are looking for summery dresses in India, which are cool and comfortable then AND is the answer. If you do not like shopping online then you can find AND pieces in over 25 exclusive stores and other established multibrand lifestyle formats like Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Central & Pantaloon.

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A Romper in Rust Color with Details around Shoulder and Neck

Nothing makes me happier than scoring good pieces at thrift stores. I would rather score a H&M top/jacket/pants at a thrift store than spending huge bucks in the shop. That doesn't mean I would never buy something from the original shop, but that simply means shopping can be made effective as per our needs and wants.

5 personal tips to implement when you are at a thrift store:

  1. See each piece closely, touch it, see the seems and hem line. try the zipper if any, unbutton the buttons or vice versa in case there are any. It will ensure that you are not investing in anything faulty.
  2. Every person has a thing for clothing and everyone has a style. If you think a piece will add to your style needs then buy it. You might not get the same piece ever.
  3. When you are picking something, think of every possible way you can wear it. A piece which you can wear in at least 2 different ways is worth buying.
  4.  The best things to buy at a thrift store is tops, shirts and flowy dresses. 
  5. A lot of times, you will find that some pieces are so invaluable and they must be bought. 

Sorry for grainy pictures. not sure what went wrong with my camera....

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A Necklace with Eiffel Tower Pendant

This has to be one of my favorites necklaces I have ever owned. Let me know who doesn't heart Eiffel Tower, most of us do and so do I. I bought this pendant from Ebay and requested my sister to be a model for it!! 

Isn't she gorgeous? And, can you spot that little Eiffel Tower somewhere in the picture?

Let me know if you liked it or not. Don't forget to rate it and put your comments.

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Review:: Swatch:: Oriflame Very me Peach Me Perfect Tinted Moisturizer in Dark and Light

 Oriflame Peach Me Perfect in Dark and Light  (Rs 238/-)

Very Me Peach Me Perfect Skin Glow claims: Bring out the best in your complexion. Tinted gel moisturizer with a lightweight finish gives you a peachy, natural glow. Can be worn alone or with your favorite foundation.

If you have read my review on Maybelline BB Cream in Natural and Nude then you would know how I started feeling it to be a little drying than Oriflame Peach Me Perfect moisturizer. It is more hydrating than Maybelline BB Cream, keeps the face fresh all day long (I bet). I have worn it to my work and it stayed like that for 9 long hours, The only thing which irks me a bit is the glitters in it, but that is why our faces will glow. So, I just take it as it is. It has an artificial smell like any other tinted moisturizer and not like a regular moisturizer. But the smell is not overpowering.

Someone looking for glow, wish to hide flaws on face without looking made-up can go for Peach Me Perfect. it doesn't hide flaws completely and flawlessly though. It just give your face a coverage which can work perfectly to achieve a nude makeup look. Not to mention, Peach Me Perfect and Oriflame Blush are the main reasons why I became a consultant.

Peach me Perfect does not have a lot of shades available except Dark and Light which is also not very light and very dark which can render the best and suitable shades for darker and fairer skin tones. Anyone falling in b/w may buy both and mix them together to get that shade. This is where it loses some points and Maybelline BB Cream.

Apart from that this is more expensive than Maybelline BB Cream.

More Pictures and Swatches

  Oriflame Peach Me Perfect in Light and Dark

  Top to Bottom: Oriflame Peach Me Perfect in Dark and Light

Top to Bottom: Oriflame Peach Me Perfect in Dark and Light

Oriflame Peach Me Perfect in Dark in artificial light

Oriflame Peach Me Perfect in Dark in artificial light
Can you see the glitters?

Oriflame Peach Me Perfect in Dark in artificial light (Applied on face)
Natural Face

L to R: Oriflame Peach Me Perfect in Dark in day light 


Q.Where to buy Oriflame Peach Me Perfect?
A. Buy it from your nearest Oriflame Consultant or mail me at

QWhat is the price?
A. Rs 238/-

Q.Available shades in Oriflame Peach Me Perfect?
A. Dark and Light

Q.What skin-type it will suit?
A. Peach Me Perfect will suit perfectly to oily and combination skin type. It may also work for dry skin people but not too dry skin.

Q.Any side effects?

Product Rating

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Review and Swatches | Maybelline BB Cream in Natural and Nude

Maybelline BB Cream claims:
  • Instantly brightens : Brightens skin to one tone lighter.
  • Protects with SPF 21/ PA+++ : Has a smooth, light & non-greasy texture.
  • Evens tone : Hides imperfections & corrects uneven skin tone.
  • Hydrates : Moisturises all day(8 hours).
  • Conceals : Perfectly conceals flaws, blemishes & redness.
  • Smoothes : Instantly makes skin softer & smoother.
  • Mattifies : Controls shine all day.
  • Freshens : Resists sweat & sebum for 5 hours
 My Skin Type: - Oily around chin, nose and forehead. I also tend to get a pimple here and there on my cheeks. I have sensitive skin on my face, it burns if wrong product used, I get rashes too if out in harsh sun.I have pores on my nose and around it. Ideal face,  is it?

Maybelline BB Cream

The light texture of Maybelline BB cream doesn't make me feel cakey and heavy like I feel when I apply a foundation. (I rarely apply a foundation and the feel I get has always been the same. HEAVY face). It makes my pores look smaller in size and small pores almost disappear. The other good part of this cream is that it makes your face look dewy initially, it glows but definitely, not from within but it does. Apart from all this good points one thing that I felt is that Maybelline BB cream formula is a little dry and you can feel when you apply it. (I realized this when I started using Oriflame Very Me Peach Me Perfect)

Maybelline BB Cream shade "Natural" might NOT be for me (NC 40 Skintone) but it works just right. Talking about the shades we have available in Maybelline BB Cream I think Nude would be the best choice for me and Radiance is for fair girls. I chose Natural because it added a thin layer on the back of my hand when I swatched it in the shop which looked nice, Nude disappeared like I just put some moisturizer and Radiance made me 2-3 shades lighter, which is of course not good.

If I talk about any thing similar aka dupes, then I would go for Lotus Herbals foundation which was launched probably a few months ago. That is a bit drying and can make you look made-up as the time passes. But still I like it because it isn't too heavy and it is thinner than Maybelline BB Cream.

So far, I think that this is one of the best products with tint which I own has good effects in photographs taken in artificial light.Maybelline BB cream makes an ideal tinted moisturizer because it's inexpensive, comes in three shades which can be worked together to get the perfect shade for a skin tone from fair to dusky. People with Very fair and Very dark complexion may not be very satisfied with it though.

More Pictures and Swatches

 Maybelline BB Cream in Nude and Natural

  L to R: Maybelline BB Cream in Natural and Nude

Natural Face

Left - Maybelline BB Cream in Natural , Right - Maybelline BB Cream in Nude
You can barely see a difference b/w the two, but there is a difference.

Some more pictures in artificial light!!

Maybelline BB Cream in Nude - In Artificial Lights

Maybelline BB Cream in Natural - In Artificial Lights 


Q.Where to buy Maybelline BB Cream (India)?
A. NewU Stores, Major Shopping Marts and Maybelline Counter.

Buy Maybelline BB Cream online 

QWhat is the price?
A. Rs 199

Q.Available shades in Maybelline BB Cream
A. Nude : Medium Skin Tone
Natural: Wheatish/Olive Skin Tone
Radiance: Fair

Q.What skin-type it will suit?
A. Maybelline BB Cream will suit perfectly to oily and combination skin type. People with dry skin need to use hydrating moisturizer before applying this.

Q.Any side effects?
I didn't notice any major skin woes after applying it.

Product Rating

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L'Oreal Revitalift Repair10 BB Cream - Would you buy it?

BB creams are the Asian skincare phenomenon that are sweeping through the UK. 
(I would say the whole world. Indians are speeding up in using BB cream. Thanks to Maybelline!!)

How is Revitalift Repair 10 different? It targets 10 signs of aging and includes an SPF 20, all whilst illuminating the complexion in the same way a foundation would. No 21st century woman's make-up bag should be without this multi-tasking products, made for women on the go in mind.

In my opinion, L'Oreal Revitalift Repair10 BB Cream will beat Olay Creams by 3 point as Olay fights just 7 signs of aging. Bad joke, but L'Oreal BB Cream looks good. The packaging reminds me of Skin 79 BB Cream. See yourself!!

Skin79 BB Cream has quite a fan following. Let's see what L'Oreal BB cream does.

Just so you know that L'Oreal Revitalift Repair10 BB Cream has not hit the Indian market and we have no information on this yet. But UK people are enjoying and quite licking the product: read here.

 - Read my post on B.B Cream if you are also wondering.

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Shoe Love is True Love:: Tips on the Toes Style

I know we are reading a lot  about Loboutins, Diors and Pradas but let's accept the fact that a very few of us can and would like to spend grands on them - we can still see and sigh. Fret not, we can do one more thing. Take a not of the details and wait for the time when we are ready to invest in the actual names. That does not meant that I am stopping you from spending your hard earned money on high end brands. I only meant that we can and we should spend when we can afford those names and we can invest on the trend if we like in the mean while.

This is why I have brought you the little details I noticed and I am sure you have also noticed around on World Wide Web.

There are a lot of trends currently doing the rounds in the streets where all fashionistas are now a days. This shoe-style, Tips-On-The-Toes (this is what I call it) looks elegant, different and so DIY-able!! What do you think?

If you like, look out for these when you are out shopping this weekend.

Happy Shopping!!
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How To:: Dressing Up Head to Toe in One Black

Dressing up head to toe in one color can  look OTT sometimes and dressing up from head to toe in black looks gothic. I can't say the say the same by looking at these pictures. 5 ways to dress in Black and look equally charming as you can in pink or white for that matter.

Tip: Guys and girls, just add one little thing here or there to break the monotony of one color. It can be your jewellery or your skin too.  ;-)

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We can buy some pieces online from your favorite stores. By the way, how many favorite stores do you shop from? And what would you pick? These are my favorite picks from my favorite stores:

Clockwise: Wide Legged Pants from shopbop / Warehouse Chiffon Black Top from ASOS / Chunky Bracelet from Zovi / Black Handbag from Jabong / Black Clogs from Jabong

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I am Jiya, an email marketing tool's administrator, love writing about shopping, style, beauty and lifestyle. I focus on online shopping trends in india and website reviews. Product reviews on beauty, style and lifestyle is an extensin of what SSU focuses on. is always updated with latest shopping information and style inspirations that I find through eCommerce websites, their newsletters, social media updates etc. I get a little time to maintain my blog, but I do a pretty good job. Hope you like SSU!!

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