It’s Official!

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After a year of contemplating, I  finally decided to make The Confessions Of A Desi Girl my own domain.

What made me decide?

I’m currently really into growing my online business community and connections (e.g. LinkedIn) and what’s a better way to be professional than having your own online domain? It’s also harder to neglect your blog (by not posting anything for weeks, guilty!), when you know it’s a real website you have to keep up with.

I’m really excited to continue blogging on theconfessionsofadesigirl.com, it feels a little weird (but really cool) to have your own place on the internet. I’d also like to thank you guys for the support through the past 4 years!

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My #5 fave lipsticks + why

 

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Good morning pretty ones!

Do you also love buying new lipsticks, even though you have an entire stack of old lipsticks at home? If you’re as addicted to lipsticks, lipglosses and lip balms as I am, definitely keep reading! In this post I’ll be showing you guys my top #5 favorite lipsticks + a short review.

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#1 Clinique + Jonathan Adler Pop Lip Colour 

I always thought that Clinique lipsticks were way overpriced for its quality but turns out, I was so wrong. Past November, I bought the Clinique miniature skincare set for €16. The set included:

– Smart Custom-Repair Moisturizer SPF15- day cream 7 ml
– Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer – night cream 7 ml
– Smart Custom-Repair Serum 7 ml
– Take The Day Off Make-up Remover 30 ml
– Liquid Facial Soap Mild 15 ml
– Pop Lip Colour & Primer Lipstick ( 14 Plum Pop )
– High Impact Mascara ( 01 Black ) 3,5 ml

If you’d like a review of another product in the set below, let me know! 

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And I immediately fell in love with the Pop Lip Colour lipstick, in shade 14 Plum Pop. It does not dry out or turn darker after a few hours, in fact, the lipstick is really moisturizing. Unfortunately, the Pop Lip Colour doesn’t seem long-lasting to me. I’ve worn the lipstick for an entire day at school (09:00 – 18:00)  and had to keep re-applying, after I drank or ate something. I drink a lot of water throughout the day so it was really inconvenient. But besides that, I love the colour and feeling this lipstick brings along

Shade: Plum Pop
Finish: Satin
Coverage: Full
Price: US $18.50 / EU € 23,00

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#2 DIOR Couture Colour Lipstick Comfort & Wear 

I actually bought this lipstick a few days ago, because I still had a giftcard to use. If I didn’t have the giftcard, I probably wouldn’t even look at these kind of high-end lipsticks. Let’s be honest, would you be willing to pay €38 for a lipstick? I know I wouldn’t.

Anyways, I do love it. The lipstick I bought is in the shade 964 Ambitious Matte. It’s long-lasting and the name already says it: it’s pretty comforting to wear. The lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips but it doesn’t feel heavy or too much either. Besides, it’s highly pigmented which I really like since my lips are naturally a little dark.

If you’re able to spend a little more on make-up than most of us, I’d definitely recommend this lipstick. But I’m convinced that there are much cheaper, similar lipsticks out there with the same quality (e.g. a classic Chanel lipstick costs €33 ). 

Shade: 964 Ambitious Matte
Finish: Matte
Coverage: Full
Price: US $37 / EU €38
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#3 KIKO Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 

I am so in love with KIKO Milano. In a short time, KIKO grew to be one of the most popular budget / quality make-up brand. KIKO Milano has a big assortiment, from skincare to nail polish…One of the products I love most is the KIKO Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick. I keep buying this lipstick over and over again because it’s simply amazing.
The Smart Fusion lipsticks are rich and nourishing for your lips and leaves a creamy finish (all – day – long)!
The lipstick I own is in the shade 434, which appears to be light brown-ish. If you’re looking for a high-quality budget lipstick, give this one a try!
Shade: 434
Finish: Bright 
Coverage: Medium
Price: US $6 / EU €3,95 / UK £3,90
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 #4 MAC Spirit Lipstick 

Of course, MAC couldn’t stay behind on my list of favorite lipsticks. To be honest, I only own 4 MAC lipsticks. But the MAC Spirit is one of my faves. This highly-pigmented lipstick has a satin finish and comes with a caramel kinda colour, which is a tiny bit darker than my natural lip colour. The lipstick seems matte but feels hydrating and soft on the lips.  It’s definitely worth checking out!
Shade:Spirit A86
Finish:Satin
Coverage:Medium- full 
Price: EU €19,50 / UK £16,50
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#5 Lakmé 9 to 5 Primer + Matte lip color 

This lipstick might not be as popular as the other lipsticks I mentioned, that’s because Lakmé is an Indian brand and it’s not available in all countries. However, I still want to give a short review because I adore this lipstick too much.
The lipstick I own is in the shade called “Hazel Rush”, which looks a lot like dark-brown. It comes with a matte finish and lasts around 12 hours. I really love the highly-pigmented colour and smooth application. If you ever see this brand, it’s worth checking out!
Shade: Hazel Rush
Finish: Matte
Coverage: Full 

Price: EU €6,15 / UK £5,50 / IND ₹480.00 / $7,50

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And these were my 5 favorite lipsticks, I hope you liked the post! What’s your favorite lipstick? Comment below! 

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Looking for a NYC marketing internship (2018)!

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Good afternoon!

First of all, I’d like to wish you all the best for the new year! May success chase you as you move forward ambitiously towards achieving your goals in 2018.

I am also moving forward to achieve my goals in 2018

Moving on, let me introduce myself:

My name is Manisha Oedairadjsingh, I’m 18 years old and currently studying International Business and Languages (BA) at Avans University of Applied Sciences. The classes I’m taking teach me everything about marketing, sales, international business and business economics. I’m always eager to learn more, take challenges and improve myself, which is why I chose to do my internship in New York. My goal is to expand my knowledge and gain experience in the marketing world.

I am looking for a marketing-related internship abroad, for 5 months, starting September 1st (2018). My preference goes to a young, modern company located in the United States (preferably New York / New Jersey). Please take a look at my resume for my skills and experience.

If you’ve got any tips, tricks, suggestions or recommendations for me, let me know!

Thank you in advance, sharing is appreciated.

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Click here to check out my LinkedIn page!

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#5 Things To Do Differently In 2018

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New year’s resolutions, a little cliche, isn’t it? You think of some impossible goals you want to reach in the upcoming year, you tell everyone and you feel proud. But low-key you already know it…Two weeks into 2018 and you’ll be falling back to your old habits again. Are you really going to the gym 3 times a week, when a week ago you didn’t even know you had a gym-membership? Are you, the chainsmoker, really not gonna touch a single sigaret in 2018? As great as it might sound, unless you’re really motivated and desperate to change, there’s a big chance it’s not gonna work.

Yet there’s a reason we keep thinking of new year’s resolutions every December, even though we know it barely ever works out. Some people do it because they need an excuse to change themselves, others do it because they want to have something to look forward to, like achieving their goals.  Whatever your reason is, thinking of new year’s resolutions can also be fun.

I’ve written down some goals I want to achieve and some habits I’d like to change in 2018, and maybe it’ll give you inspiration for your own resolutions…

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1. Save money

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I’m moving to New York for 6 months in September, for an internship. And we all know, New York isn’t really the cheapest city. Which means, it’s necessary for me to save money, like a lot. How am I planning to do this? First things first, I have to stop buying so many unnecessary things. Do I really need a new foundation, even though I already have 3 new ones at home? Do I really need to eat fastfood, even though mom made food at home?

2. Go to the gym more often

Yes, I said “more often”. I have a gym-membership and during the summer, I used to go 2 or 3 times a week. But now, I haven’t been to the gym for months. And the most ironic thing is: the gym is 2 minutes away from my house. I can actually see it from my room. So what did I do during my free time for the past few months? Netflix! Riverdale, Stranger Things, Suits…I had to catch up! That’s the second thing I really want to change. Less Netflix, more gym….Whenever I feel like it…Of course…. 

3. Pass the important exams (!!!)

In order to do my internship in September, I need to pass two important exams in April. This is my main-focus for now. I think I should just unsubscribe from Netflix…

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4. Read more

To be honest, I love reading. Months ago, I’d choose reading at night over any party, anytime. Why did I stop reading? My phone has become too interesting. Apparently I’d rather scroll my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feed at night then turning pages in my favorite book (Mini Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella). 

5. Improve myself

Last but definitely not least, improving myself. In the past few years I could significantly notice how I changed and it feels good. I don’t want 2018 to be a year where everything goes great, without any mistakes. We learn from hard times and mistakes and that’s exactly what I want for 2018. Learning and improving.  

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So now it’s your turn, what do you want to achieve in 2018?

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#10 Christmas Gifts You’re Gonna Want For Yourself

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It’s December….Which means…It’s almost Christmas! But what is Christmas without presents? That means it’s time to head to the malls and do some Christmas shopping!  But are you really gonna buy the usual bath or shower set again? Or are you gonna go for the easy way out, and give a giftcard? Really? For Christmas?!

I have done some research and made a list of Christmas gifts you’re gonna want to buy for yourself! Curious? Keep reading!

1. La Vie Est Belle – Lancôme ($$$)

Buying a fragrance as a gift is always a little risky. What if they don’t like it?  Tastes differ, and especially fragrances make people quite picky.

Lancôme has introduced La Vie Est Schermafbeelding 2017-12-13 om 16.18.32.pngBelle many years ago but it has never been such a hype until now. Throughout the years La Vie Est Belle has become Lancôme’s signature fragrance and because of it’s popularity, Lancôme decided to introduce a few more:

  • The original La Vie Est Belle
  • La Vie Est Belle L’éclat
  • La Vie Est Belle absolu
  • La Vie Est Belle Intense
  • La Vie Est Belle légere

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2.  Pandora jewelry ($$)

The Pandora jewelry collection for 2017 has been more popular than ever. The rings, in particular, were the #1 go-to gifts men bought for a special woman in their life.  Whether it’s for an anniversary, birthday or in this case, Christmas, these rings will always make someone’s eyes twinkle.

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3. Clinique skincare products ($$-$$$)

Whether you want to buy something for him or for her, Clinique will take you out of your misery. Clinique offers a wide range of products for men and women, and even if their original-sized products are out of your budget, you could still go for their cheaper skincare giftsets (which, I think, are more fun to receive)!

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4. Portable speakers ($-$$)

Music has become a big part of our lives these days. Some listen to it all day and some only once in a while, but that doesn’t take away the fact that portable speakers are a great gift. There are a lot of different portable speakers out there, from cute, small ones to bigger ones that look like a radio.  Who wouldn’t like to receive a little portable speaker for Christmas? Exactly…

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5. GUESS bag ($$-$$$)

When you think of Christmas gifts, you might not immediately think of buying a bag. But what if it’s for your (grand)mother and you’re ready to spend a little more than usual? GUESS is a luxury brand but also offers the most fashionable clutches and crossbody-bags for less than $100. I think any woman would love to receive a GUESS bag for Christmas, am I right?

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6. Socks ($-$$)

Because who doesn’t like socks? You can make anyone happy with a pair of cozy socks and they’re not expensive at all! The socks are usually one-sized so they’ll fit anyone. The perfect Christmas gift!

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7. Nail polish ($-$$)

Nail polish makes everyone happy. Besides, you can never have enough?! Nail polish is more fun to receive when it’s in a set of 3 or 4, so there’s at least one colour you must like!

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8. Coffee mugs ($-$$)

Are you a secret santa and are you absolutely clueless about what to buy ? No matter who’ you’re buying for, mugs will always do good! I mean, everyone needs mugs, right? For tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soup.. You simply can’t have enough mugs! A Christmas mug, maybe?

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9. Bath bombs ($-$$)

Maybe a little cliche, yes, but what about bath bombs?! They’re fun to receive, fun to give and you can make it as expensive as you’d like! Just make sure the person who’s gonna receive it, actually has a bath…

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10. Giftcards *sigh* ($-$$$)

When you have no idea what to buy because the person you’re buying for is really picky, a giftcard is probably your best option. It’s also the best way not to spend more money than you intended…

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This is my top 10 of products, most suitable as a Christmas gift. Most of these gifts are focused on women, but what are you gonna buy for your father, grandfather or your boyfriend? Let me know if you want a #10 Christmas gifts for the special men in your life!

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Where am I from?

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I was born in the Netherlands, my parents were born in Suriname but my ancestors were from India. But where is Suriname located and how did the Indians ever get to Suriname? That’s what I’m going to explain in this post.

What is Suriname?

Suriname is a small Caribbean country in South-America, right above Brasil. Suriname could be one of the few countries where different cultures live together, in peace. In fact, Suriname is the only country where a church, a mosque and synagogue are build next to each other.

Suriname is 4 times bigger than the Netherlands but its population is 28 times smaller than the population in the Netherlands, that’s because the majority of Suriname is covered with jungle (the Amazone). Most people live in the north, in particular Suriname’s capital: Paramaribo. Most of Suriname’s tourists are Dutch people but I think anyone in the world would love to see Suriname’s beauty. The mother tongue in Suriname is Dutch, which makes it easy for me (and many Dutch tourists) to communicate with the locals. But how comes the mother tongue in Suriname is Dutch?

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History

Suriname has a fierce and long history which isn’t easy to explain to people who have never heard of the country before, but I’ll try to explain it as simple as I can:

The Dutch settled their colonies in Suriname and transported slaves from Africa to work on farms. As soon as they were declared free slaves, they fled into the

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Thailand 2015

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In 2015, I made a 3-weeks road trip through Thailand with my parents. We visited the biggest cities like Bangkok and Phuket and the most beautiful beaches and islands. Honestly, at that moment I didn’t even want to go back home. I also made a short video of our trip.

Of course, we did a lot of shopping and one of the shopping malls we visited was Siam Paragon. Siam Paragon is one of the most expensive (but beautiful) shopping malls in Bangkok. It’s also one of the most popular malls in Thailand.

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One of the things I bought at Siam Paragon is the the Clinique Sonic System. I bought this brush for way cheaper than I could in the Netherlands. At the time, the Clinique Sonic System cost €125 in The Netherlands. In Siam Paragon I could get it for 4200 Baht, but because of the discount I bought it for 3600 Baht (€95).  I was also given an extra brush (€20). I have written a review about this brush, which you can find here: review about the Clinique Sonic System

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I also bought the Bobbi Brown Luxury Brush set, including a soft beautycase and 9 brushes. Click here to read the full review.

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“The right tools are just as important as the makeup itself.”- Bobbi Brown

 

Thailand is a beautiful country which lots of beautiful islands, beaches and nature which you won’t believe unless you see it.

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