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#HautePicks: The #HauteSquad Plays Secret Santa This Week

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As we’ve mentioned before, the #HauteSquad is a bunch of stylish girls who love all that’s fashion, beauty, and sassy. We’re constantly sharing our latest buys and obsessions with each other, and now, we’re letting you into our HQ too! Every week, Team Hauterfly will share its current obsession — and tell you where you can buy it too! #BFFGoals. 

Christmas is just a couple of weeks away, and the festivities have already started in full swing at the Hauterfly HQ. We’re an excited bunch, in case you hadn’t noticed. And an integral part of Christmas is Secret Santa aka gifts. So we decided to pick  chits for Secret Santa, and share with you what each #HauteSanta is giving their chosen #HauteSantee (is that a word?)



That Food Co. Ginger Cream Cookie Butter for Alisha

“Alisha Fernandes is our resident foodie, so I couldn’t think of a better thing to pick for my Secret Santa present. This Mumbai-based gourmet food shop makes all kinds of delectable spreads and dips, and the Ginger Cream Cookie Butter is perhaps my favourite. Spread it on a sandwich, in a burger, or use it as a dip — or eat it like I do when I’m PMS-ing, by eating large spoonfuls! The sweet, salty, and savoury flavours are a veritable explosion on your taste buds and the perfect pick-me-up when you’re hungry. I hope you’re going to OD of this stuff, Ally!”
— Zahra Khan, Editor-In-Chief 

L’Oréal Paris Travel Collection for Mansi

“Mansi, our graphic designer, loves makeup, and Mansi loves travel. She is a self-confessed lipstick freak, and we see a new colour caressing her lips every single day. She has also shared with us how she wants to travel around Australia, and perhaps someday move there. So it was but natural that I pick something that would combine both her loves. This lipstick + nail paint travel kit is just perfect, don’t you think? Now she can make sure her makeup is always on-point no matter where she goes around the globe.”
— Baishali Chatterjee, Managing Editor

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup for Farozan

“What would I give my FAVE person on the team? That really didn’t take me long to think. She’s our makeup rookie who loves makeup, but hates all the drama when it comes to applying it. And for someone as cute as her, I’d love to gift her this Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion Stick. The genius product is perfect for a zero chill person like Farozan, who’s always fluttering from one event to another, creating some kickass social content. This foundation stick is a Godsend. With an effortless application cushion, you can go ahead and dot some on your face. The best part? The cushion doubles up as a beautiful blender that’s sure to make your face look flawless. Merry Christmas, Fah!”
— Snehal Fernandes, Head Of Video Content

Zara Crossbody Elephant Bag for Divya

“Coming from a creative background, a chic crossbody bag like this would totally up the style ante of our sweet, petite graphic designer, Divya. This blue crossbody-style elephant bag with adjustable and detachable shoulder straps is all you need for a cool style statement when you’re heading for that office Christmas party. This one’s sure to get you some compliments through the evening.”
— Aindrila Mitra, Managing Editor, Askmen India

NYX Pro Lip Cream Palette – The Reds for Japleen

“Wanna know my favourite part of gifting? It’s finding those cute things that the recipient wouldn’t expect, a present that’s based on a small observation that could be easily missed. Everyone knows Japleen is a massive fan of all things travel and DIY (I mean, she is our lifestyle writer, after all!) So I’m sure she’s expecting a present that falls under that umbrella, and guess what she won’t get from me. Going by Japleen’s newly-found love for all things lippie, I’d like to gift her this super cute lip kit from one of my favourite beauty brands, NYX. It’s got 6 gorgeous hues that are perfect for daily wear and the best part is that she won’t have to lug around a bunch of bulky lipsticks to get the variety she needs!”
— Farozan Dossani, Social Media Manager

Adidas Ankle-Length Tights for Aindrila

“Yummy-mummy Aindrila is just too many talents packed into one human. One look at her and no one can guess that she has a 5-year-old daughter. Her secret? A daily dose of nuts and gymming. I picked these Adidas Navy Printed tights to motivate her never to miss a gym day. Also, she is the one who can pull them off even with a kurta and look every bit fab! Merry Christmas, A!”
— Japleen Kaur, Lifestyle Writer

Hattie x Koovs Printed Skinny Jeans for Meghana

“Our Social Media Executive, Meghana, is really fond of printed pants and she isn’t afraid to be experimental with them. I think these appliqué jeans are so trendy at the moment. They also give that quirky and fun vibe every girl wants to incorporate in her wardrobe. I can totally see her pull off the Hattie X Koovs fun denims perfectly — whether she wants to wear them with a crop-top or a tank, I think they’ll look great on her. Hope you like these Meghz!”
— Tatiana Dias, Fashion & Beauty Writer

Forever 21 Sleeping Cat Makeup Bag for Tatiana

“Our fashion & beauty writer is a makeup junkie, as you would expect her to be! Miss High-T gets super excited whenever anyone talks about anything style at the Hauterfly HQ. And if you want to shoo away her blues on a dull day, count on cute kitty videos to do their charm. Sounds purr-fect, right? It’s a no-brainer, then, to pick out something for her that she would love — just combine makeup with cats! And ta-da, here is a sleeping cat-themed makeup bag to hoard her makeup stash!”
— Meghana Choraria, Social Media Executive 

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal Liner – Black Coffee for Snehal

“To give credit where it’s due, there are times when nothing else comes close to black kajal, so much so that most people don’t even pay the slightest attention to its cousin, the brown kohl pencil. But Snehal Fernandes is not most people, and she is among the few who is seemingly partial to this subtle yet as strong option (it just so happens that I am too). The pigmented brown has a soft texture that blends easily, inspired from the classic kohl, and the best part is that it has a built in smudger. This is perfect for someone like Snehal, who’s said she prefers to blend as opposed to wearing straight up, stark pigment that are prone to smudging easily. All in all, I think this will be the perfect gift for someone who loves them some eye makeup, but is strays ever-so-slightly from the trodden path. It is also sold along with a sharpener, which I’m sure all of you will also agree is really convenient. Merry Christmas, S!”
— Alisha Fernandes, Features Editor, Askmen India
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PropShop24 Photo Frame for Pranita

“Pranita is one of chirpiest members of #Hautesquad, and I couldn’t find anything better than this happy-go-lucky photo. Work stress is a thing of mystery to her, and seeing her smile can make anybody’s day better. Not just that, it’s hard to believe that Pranita is the mother of a 7-month-old, no? This really is the perfect Christmas gift for her.”
— Mansi Chouksey, Graphic Designer

Bedazzle Printed Skirt for Baishali

“Matching colours and prints always work, as far as styling is concerned. Animal prints never go out of fashion, they’re so on-trend! So, I want to gift this to B, because I’m sure she will look amazing feel comfortable in it — after all, who doesn’t look fab in skirts?”
— Pranita Sawant, Graphic Designer

Ali Express White Cat Sneakers for Zahra

“Zahra, our cool boss, is a cat-lover, as we all know it, and she also has this love for white shoes. So I couldn’t think of anything better than these White Cat Sneakers for her as a Secret Santa present. This sneakers look so cute and comfy, and am sure Zahra would love this Christmas present.”
— Divya Wable, Junior Graphic Designer

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