What I Bought for my Birthday on Nykaa

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Readers of my blog are probably familiar with two of my big loves – makeup and Agatha Christie books! So, when Nykaa kept sending me notifications and emails telling me to shop for my birthday month and avail special discounts and receive a birthday present (all Nykaa Prive members receive a birthday present if they shop in their birthday month), I simply couldn’t resist. On the very last day of the month (and the last day the deals ended!!) – August 31 – I decided to splurge on some fun makeup.

Here is my little birthday makeup haul. Some of these are repeat purchases (things I needed) and some I’ve bought for the first time (things I wanted), so I’ll also share mini reviews or first impressions of the products in question.

What I bought for my birthday on Nykaa

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Mega Celestial Nirvana Palette

Celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath is so loved by her famous clients that she is called “The Mother”! And she happily plays on that name by naming her eyeshadow palettes the “Mothership” series. This brand is newly available in India and is exorbitantly priced, so I’ve never tried anything from it before. However, this particular palette was on discount and also part of an offer that included a Pat McGrath lip product on purchase of the palette. Its colours seemed wide ranging, and I liked that it was a mix of both mattes and shimmers as well as colourful shades and neutral shades. This makes it versatile enough to carry along with me when I travel.

I have worn it only a couple of times and haven’t yet tested out all the shades but the ones I have tried so far have been excellent. Their pigment payoff is amazing – it may even be too much if you prefer subtle looks. Plus, they have stayed put on my lids for over six hours (I’m yet to test them out for a longer period).

Pat McGrath Labs Liquilust Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick – Flesh 3

As mentioned above, this was a free gift with the purchase of products from this brand that were above a certain amount. It’s a full-sized liquid lipstick, which I really appreciate. Though I have swatched it on the back of my hand, I haven’t yet worn it on my lips. I’ll report back on this one too.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Body Cream

This is a “Youtube-made-me-buy-it” purchase because I’ve seen countless beauty gurus go on and on about its wonderful tropical scent. I was excited to see it on the Nykaa website for the first time but decided to test it out with a small size before investing in the full-size product. Its texture is nice and it is very moisturising but I have some thoughts to share on its scent. It has a tropical cocoa butter smell, which is nice but not much different from Vaseline cocoa butter or any other product of that nature! Hence, I’m not sure it’s worth the price!

Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder in shade 15 Light

This is a repeat purchase because I really like this product and have finished a whole tub of it before. It’s a very finely milled loose powder that doesn’t leave any white-cast in photography with flash. It also sets the makeup well without looking cakey. It is affordable and offers a generous amount of product, so it’s a good bang for your buck.

Faces Canada Magneteyes Kajal in Intense Black

I’m a big fan of the Faces Canada Gel Intense Kajal but that is a pencil that needs frequent sharpening, which can be quite cumbersome and messy. So, I decided to try this twist-up kajal pencil from the same brand. I’ve only worn it once so far. Though it’s not as intense as the gel kajal, it is dark and beautiful nonetheless and has good staying power. It’s also definitely much more convenient to apply.

Pantene Advanced Hair Care Solution Lively Clean Shampoo

My husband and I both love this clarifying shampoo. It is the only one that thoroughly cleans our oily scalps! We are constantly stocking up on this shampoo, and I decided to add two more to my cart on this shopping expedition too to avail of the discount.

NEXT2SKIN Women’s Nylon Ankle Length Transparent Socks Skin (Pack of 4)

I needed a pair of sheer ankle length socks so while I was shopping, I decided to grab these too. I haven’t worn them yet but I’ll report back once I have.

Nykaa Wanderlust Himalayan Hemp Shower Gel

I’m always buying bath products because I love testing and trying new ones. I haven’t used this one yet but will share my thoughts soon.

Nykaa Matte To Last! Mini Liquid Lipstick in shade Mishti 10

This mini liquid lipstick was my birthday gift from Nykaa. It was clearly an old piece because it looked dried out from its appearance. When I swatched it on my hand, it was slightly dry but when applying it on the lips, it went on well without pulling or tugging. Once I’ve worn it for a longer period of time, I should have a better idea of its performance. However, I do wish they wouldn’t saddle us with old and almost expired products as birthday gifts!

If you would like to see my haul, here’s is the video of me unboxing it:

What I bought for my birthday on Nykaa

Which product seems most exciting to you? Have you tried any of these before? Let me know in the comments!


This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.


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  1. Happy Birthday, Noor! That’s quite a lovely birthday gift hamper I see – a mix of drug store affordable quality ( most of which I use ) and luxe! I am really eyeing the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Mega Celestial Nirvana Palette here, though I know I will hardly use it, it’s so attractive.

  2. You call that a gift hamper? It is a real treasure chest. I would really like to check out few of your recommendations. Thanks for sharing detailed reviews of each one.

  3. Belated Birthday wishes Noor. I spotted your Insta reel, but I blinked and missed your shopping list. Big thanks for sharing it here! I’ve got my eyes set on that PAT McGRATH LABS Liquilust Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick now!

  4. First of all, a happy birthday to you! I hope you had a blast on your special day! It’s great that you’ve got to splurge on things you love, especially it’s your day / birth-month. I’m personally too lame when it comes to make-up so apologies as I do not know much of those brands. I hope you’ve got great quality ones!

  5. Happy Birthday! I only know of the Mother who was the spiritual companion of Sri Aurobindo and a keen instrument in the practical aspects of his ashram. Now, I know that there is a mother in make-up as well. Just goes to show how little I know about make-up products. Going to experiment with the loose finishing powder for sure.

  6. Belated birthday wishes, God bless you. Your Nykaa shopping simply showed how you enjoyed ur birthday. I felt bad abt the nearly expired product they sent as a birthday gift. Its not nice I feel they should be a little more considerate with their customers.

  7. That’s quite a hamper to pamper yourself on your birthday Noor😊. Happy birthday… hope you had a good one.
    I wasn’t aware that Nykaa does this thing for it’s priva customers… nice!

  8. First of all a very happy belated birthday beautiful and gorgeous Noor. May god bless you with immense success, prosperity and happiness. Starting from elegant fashion sense to inking powerful content you nailed everywhere and that what makes you so special in every way. Coming to the haul you have an eagle’s eye and picked some fabulous products from Nykaa which I really liked the mega , celestial Nirvana Pallate as the colors are really vibrant and can add a true elegance in everylook you want to get. Thanks for the recommendation.

  9. transparent socks…!! I tried to find them a couple of times while shopping but haven’t got them. And a lovely collection of makeup. Never a waste of money when it comes to investing in them

  10. I am quite a specimen who enjoys reading your makeup related posts but does not use much. Jokes apart, I ordered a few from Nykaa on your recommendation and was quite happy with the products and service. Thank you!

  11. Wow! that was quite a haul, Noor. Hope you had a fabulous birthday. My favorite was the lipstick, of course and I’m going to look them on Nykaa. Thanks for the recommendations. Belated wishes for your birthday.

  12. Happy Birthday Noor. It is charming birthday gift. Though some of the products looks expensive but I guess quality products all always good to have in stock. I had only lipstick from Nyka. Would like to try other too.

  13. All the product in your makeup haul looks great I am sure it would have been a great birthday shopping. I used to use Faces Canada Kajal and I used to like it but after Plum’s Kajal pencil no brand switching.

  14. These are brilliant suggestions and one must have this in their makeup box. I would love to try out lipstick by Nykaa and I think great gift on the occasion of b’day too. And, reminding ourselves to pamper ourselves.

  15. Firstly wishing you a very Happy Birthday. Being a Nykaa member myself I end up doing the same during my birthday month feels like indulgence. You have chosen some great products from Maybelline and Nykaa brand itself. Would love to know a detailed review of Pat McGrath Labs products because I havent read many reviews on Indian skin and would love to know about it, it always help to make the correct choice.

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