Smoke it out ,and say it loud.

I am obsessed with black.
And it shows.In in wardrobe,in my makeup, in my whole existence.
The fact that black can glam up any dull day,and at the same time enhance your personality to the boss level..this is the colour that can neither go out of fashion nor out of the makeup industry.
Though it is safe to say that smokey eyes have taken by the whole industry by storm since past a decade,but still..for something to not go out of fashion on the international runway and even on the more local platform is still a big deal.Huge actually.
But obviously everything comes with its own cons.From being such a huge hit when done properly,smokey eyes can turn into panda eyes in no time.
And there have not been any less instances when this makeup wonder has become a makeup disaster.
Well,I hope this look is not a makeup disaster.

SHADES OF PURPLE.

HUES OF PURPLE AND PINK WITH A GOLDEN HALO EYE

Weddings are a big affair in all parts of the globe,but,in Asia and especially ,India and Pakistan,weddings are a whole new level of festivity!
From extravagant decorations, to a huge number of invitees,everything has a show of grandeur.
And obviously the clothes add to that extra bling.Swaying between the typical red and golden to all sorts of colour combinations that a persons mind can imagine,brides here can carry it all.
So for this bride,it was carrot red and royal purple. Obviously a different ,yet,a beautiful combination
And since we love to go extra, we decided to colour coordinate the colour of the skirt with that of the eye.
So I applied purple shadow on the lid and blended the crease with pink cutting it with a golden halo cut crease just to add that extra drama that we wanted.

THE BEST FOUNDATIONS OF 2018.(PART 1)

THE BEST FOUNDATIONS OF 2018.(PART 1)

As the year comes to an end it is a deemed tradition/custom of reviewing things.Now, these things can be your personal performance or the performance of the economy or in the life of a beauty blogger the performance of cosmetics.

So as this year 2018 is almost coming to an end I thought that why not do a series of THE BEST AND THE WORST where I would pen down the products that flabbergasted the audience with their exceptional performance and some that made us cry because we had probably expected waaayyyy too much.

So the first thing in my series HAD to be foundations because they are something 90% of the women swear by and, not to underestimate the fact that THEY are the ride or die factor of the entire makeup look.

So, today we will be taking about foundations category wise.Since there is no ONE SKIN TYPE therefore there are also thousands of foundations available in the market that claim to be doing “just that” right good to your makeup. But is it always the case?

Well NO.

So what were the BEST foundations for:

  • COMBINATION SKIN
  • OILY SKIN

(Also I am including just two skin types because I wanted my blog to be a little less “too much to take in” thingy)

  1. Let’s begin with the COMBINATION skin type.

Well this skin by far has more ratio in terms of ‘No. of people with this skin type’ than any of the other four.

So which foundations for this ginormous skin type population performed exceptionally well in 2018?

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK FIT ME! FOUNDATION

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This all-in-one foundation is an absolute steal. For its budget price,also not to forget the fact that it is a drugstore product the water-based Maybelline foundation gives you just enough coverage to wear daily and even has SPF in it to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays. If you’ve got acne this light-weight foundation is the perfect option and doesn’t have as many ingredients that can clog up your pores.So you really do not have to worry about having a cakey nose or an ultra shiny fore head.

BOURJOIS 123 PERFECT FOUNDATION

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This one is truly one of the best foundations for combination skin. It has an oil free formula along with color correcting pigments, which provides an even coverage while reducing the appearance of redness and scars. The foundation comes in a huge range of colors ranging from porcelain to espresso, providing a shade for every skin tone. The foundation provides a long lasting, soft matte coverage by absorbing excess oil and helps to create a barrier against heat and humidity for almost 8 hours.

ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR STAY-IN-PLACE

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THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL OF ALL COMBINATION SKIN FOUNDATIONS. So this foundation comes with a 15-hour promise,provides a flawless, matte finish throughout the day and evening, without being so thick that it starts to look anything but your own skin. And if you do want to add a little pressed powder towards the end of those 15 hours, you can happily do so without fear of caking or clogging. It doesn’t transfer onto clothing, which is a big thumbs up if you are the ‘hugs and kisses’ person. With an SPF 10, there’s some sun protection, too. A word of advice: be sparing – a little goes a long way.

 

2.The OILY skin type.

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Well this skin type is presumably the second largest skin type in the world.To have an oily skin might seem to be a “oh what’s the problem!” kind of skin unless you notice your skin exhibiting quite a bit of shine(literally not the flattering one)and you break out easily!Pleasant much?

Now the people having oily skin can have some major issues with foundations.The makeup application process revolves around combating excess oil so that your makeup doesn’t slide off  after an hour. Oh!The horror.But with the right type of foundations that can be made possible.

The MUST HAVES..

TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY

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The Amazonian Clay Foundation claims to be a 12 hour wear, full coverage foundation, with amazonian clay to improve skin over time.  Tarte Cosmetics is company that uses a ton of all natural ingredients in their products and does not test on animals.

Let’s talk about this beauty.The finish of this foundation is flawless.It makes your skin look like doll skin, but somehow still natural and like human skin.  Every time I wear it, people ask me what my skin care routine is.  That IS a winning foundation.  I feel like I could end the review right there, if I didn’t have so many other nice things to say about it.

The texture is a lightweight mousse.  It blends so easily and in 1 to 2 layers you get the coverage you want and saying so means if you use a primer or not.Also the foundation lasts a really long time and also has SPF 15,which, again is a winning point.Also the ingredients are very skin friendly,it is vegan which means no animal was hurt during the process.AN HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PRODUCT.

 

M.A.C’s PRO LONGWEAR NOURISHING WATERPROOF FOUNDATION
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This is the brand I completely love.The products always stand out and are always in line with the brands’ name and reputation.

This foundation also is true to its name.It does last all day long. It’s very thick, so a little goes a long way. I would recommend to use a damp beauty blender or a brush to even to out quickly.Using it with a primer is recommended as it looks a lot smooth and also will not make your skin look patchy.Also the foundation has a very natural dewy touch and does not look super shiny or glowy which is a good thing for people with oily skin.The coverage of this foundation is customizable and it starts from medium to full coverage.If you’re really oily, you might want to set this one with a powder afterward to absorb any extra moisture left behind which I feel is not really necessary since it gives just the right dewy finish to the skin.

 

FENTY BEAUTY SOFT MATTE PRO FILT’R FOUNDATION

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So wouldn’t it have been weird if I hadn’t mentioned this GAME CHANGER?This foundation,right here has actually changed the whole perspective of shade selection.With a range of 40 foundation colours this is the only brand that is so colour inclusive.Though a lot of brands offer up to 24 but ,40 is a whole new level of shade range.

So talking about the foundation the consistency of the foundation is not runny, but also not mousse like.It doesn’t feel very thick when applied on the skin like many other full coverage foundations.Also it gives a very nice texture to the skin ,almost like airbrush makeup.Though this foundation has an amazing coverage and also conceals large pores and textured skin,but there is still one downside to it,and that is it oxidizes pretty bad.So I would suggest that you go for a shade lighter than your actual shade.

 

Bridal trends that are here to stay in 2019..


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The wedding season is here and so are the different bridal looks of the season.

Weddings are once in a lifetime event for most of the people and therefore every bride wants to look her best on her big day. From ethereal dresses to extravagant jewelry, nothing looks complete without “the” perfect makeup.

So to make things more easy and less stressful here are some of the most done, seen and clicked pictures of the makeup trends of 2018 and the trends that will stay on in 2019.

Fresh face look– Not long ago did we see Anushka Sharma rocking the fresh face makeup for almost all events of her wedding. She kept it simple and minimalistic to the core .From her eyes to her lips everything was kept neutral, natural and nude. And did the makeup police approve it? Well yes! The fresh face was a big hit this season .From international runways to the desi brides, almost everyone was swoon over by it.


 The Bronzed goddess– Recently when Depika donned on the exquisite white chikankari demi sari she made sure that she looked like a goddess. Rather than going for an over the top look with the over the top dress she decided to bronze things a bit and of course she made a statement. From bronzing the cheeks and forehead to adding warm tones to the eyes the look was kept such that it exuded the goddess vibes and also did not take the attention from the extravagant attire.

The No Makeup look– We are still not over with the royal wedding of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Not only were the dresses absolutely stunning and gorgeous there was also one thing that was very noticeable. Her makeup .Priyanka went for a no makeup look for both the Hindu and the Christian wedding .The warm eye look helped to balance the softness of her fresh skin. As for her lips, the makeup artist gave Chopra a subtle red stain, a color she typically wears on the red carpet. Letting the dress take the limelight her makeup was kept to the basic for the occasions making this dusky beauty look ethereal in her own skin.

Smokey blown out look– This year was a year of mainly the fresh, natural and no-makeup makeup looks. From runway to the red carpet and on the brides as well this was the most photographed look of the year. But this has also not prevented the makeup lovers from keeping the smoky look alive. Although there was a slight variation. Rather than the strong smoky tape shaped eyes that was the trend till last year this year the makeup junkies opted for a more blown out look. This look not only accentuates the eyes but also makes you look years younger.

Bridal trends 2018.

Bridal trends 2018.

The wedding season is here and so are the different bridal looks of the season.

Weddings are once in a lifetime event for most of the people and therefore every bride wants to look her best on her big day. From ethereal dresses to extravagant jewelry, nothing looks complete without “the” perfect makeup.

So to make things more easy and less stressful here are some of the most done, seen and clicked pictures of the makeup trends of 2018.

Fresh face look-Not long ago did we see Anushka Sharma rocking the fresh face makeup for almost all events of her wedding. She kept it simple and minimalistic to the core .From her eyes to her lips everything was kept neutral, natural and nude. And did the makeup police approve it? Well yes! The fresh face was a big hit this season .From international runways to the desi brides, almost everyone was swoon over by it.


 The Bronzed goddess– Recently when Depika donned on the exquisite white chikankari demi sari she made sure that she looked like a goddess. Rather than going for an over the top look with the over the top dress she decided to bronze things a bit and of course she made a statement. From bronzing the cheeks and forehead to adding warm tones to the eyes the look was kept such that it exuded the goddess vibes and also did not take the attention from the extravagant attire.

The No Makeup look– We are still not over with the royal wedding of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Not only were the dresses absolutely stunning and gorgeous there was also one thing that was very noticeable. Her makeup .Priyanka went for a no makeup look for both the Hindu and the Christian wedding .The warm eye look helped to balance the softness of her fresh skin. As for her lips, the makeup artist gave Chopra a subtle red stain, a color she typically wears on the red carpet. Letting the dress take the limelight her makeup was kept to the basic for the occasions making this dusky beauty look ethereal in her own skin.

Smokey blown out look– This year was a year of mainly the fresh, natural and no-makeup makeup looks. From runway to the red carpet and on the brides as well this was the most photographed look of the year. But this has also not prevented the makeup lovers from keeping the smoky look alive.Although there was a slight variation. Rather than the strong smoky tape shaped eyes that was the trend till last year this year the makeup junkies opted for a more blown out look. This look not only accentuates the eyes but also makes you look years younger.

FRESH FACE MAKEUP- HIT OR MISS?

FRESH FACE MAKEUP- HIT OR MISS?

Is oodles of mascara,7 pumps of foundation and heavily kholed eye,and Oh! how to forget ounces of highlighter your “ritual” makeup routine?
Then you definitely need to check out this post!
In the beginning of 2018, Instagram was filled with women flaunting heavily smoked eyes and tons of highlighter. Standing right in the direction where the sun shone the brightest ,these pictures gave out so much ‘radiance’ that there was even a slight chance that you might get blind in one eye!
But just as fashion trends change every season,so does makeup.
And in the spring/summer 2018 shows in New York ,THIS is exactly what happened.
Everyone from Victoria Beckham to Alexander Wang confirmed that “NO MAKEUP” was the new trend.

In fact Lizo,the lead make-up artist for Nars quoted “Think of this make-up as a good reality check for all the heavy social media make-up”.And when a trend hits the floors of the VICTORIA BECKHAM/ALEXANDER WANG show,what are the odds that it will not be a hit.That season people witnessed models rocking a completely bare face with just as much highlighting on the bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow that it looked like the inner radiance shining outside.
“This look is all about skincare” explained Pat McGrath who was the head artist for the Victoria Beckham show.”Its a very fresh,very natural look.It sure involves grooming but the look is very natural” she continues to explain revealing that the team applied beige liner on the eyes,a touch of gold highlighter and a stroke of lip balm.

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At the ALEXANDER WANG show that season,things were no different.”It is all about celebrating the models’ individual beauty” said Diana Kendell who only used colours to enhance their features and even out the complexion.

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Since then the makeup trends that hit not only the runway but also events such as MET GALA,OSCARS etc were focused largely on keeping it natural,simple and minimalist, thus, emphasizing on a concentrated skin care routine,because good skin doesn’t come easy.

SOME MET GALA 2018 FRESH FACE LOOKS THAT MADE STATEMENT THIS YEAR

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Here are some tips to get the RUNWAY LIKE FRESH FACE LOOK in just 5 minutes:
1. MOISTURIZE~ THIS step should be your skin care ritual.It is not only important to moisturize your skin before this look but, it is even more important to keep your skin moisturized throughout the day and especially at night.

2. CONCEAL~ The next important step is to conceal.Even though we are looking at a no makeup look, but concealing your under eye is important to give your eyes the necessary lift, so that ,they don’t look droopy and tired.

3. FOUNDATION~ For this look I would suggest you go for a powder foundation. But if you have a dry skin,the powder WILL make it worse and therefore, go for a mousse foundation.

4. BLUSH~ Since we are going for a no makeup look,a slight pink/orange or brown blush would be enough to give the required definition.

5. NUDE LIPS~ For this look I would suggest to use just a good quality lip balm.However a brown/natural pink shade can also be used.

6. MASCARA~ We DON’T need oodles of mascara for this look.Just 1-2 strokes on the upper lashes and you are good to go.

7. NO LINER~ If you are someone for whom liner is as important as oxygen then a brown liner just along the upper lashes will help you survive the day.


Bridal attires to SWOON over in 2018.

“Everyday is a fashion show and the world is a runway.”~ Coco Chanel

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Hola to all the brides-to-be and to all the girls,mothers,aunt,relatives and everyone else looking for the perfect dress to slay on the biggest runway show of their lives: their own wedding.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the social media has changed the wedding culture entirely. With every step of the bride being documented and uploaded on the social media the brides of today are in more pressure than ever to look perfect on not just their D-Day but for all the other ceremonies.

And though this can be exhausting and frustrating at times but it is definitely not an impossible task altogether.

Here in this blog, I have tried to pen down certain bridal attires that are definitely drool worthy and will sweep you off your feet.

The BRIGHT FLORAL BRIGADE

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If you are that bride who has always been fascinated by brights and florals then this is your time to shine.With the antique gota details and artisanal hand-embroidery, including zardozi, aari, mukesh and intricate appliqué work, accented with Swarovski crystals – this bridal attire is just perfect for a host of festivities including wedding events and sangeet soirées.

BLACK is the NEW RED?

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So, you are that bride who is obsessed with black.Your entire wardrobe is black,and, black is the colour you have always wanted to wear on your wedding too.But everyone around you says no?

Well this is the time to make them rethink.With these beautiful  Swarovski embedded floral designs this can definitely be a hit on your big day!

The WHITE GODDESS

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Who doesn’t want to look a flamboyant white goddess on her wedding day?It is playing on the idea of fairy tales, and the moment where dreams meet reality.

These heavily embellished crystal, zari and motif works are nothing less than a dream dress.Simple yet dramatic. Isn’t it?

GO HEAVY ON THE DUPATTA AND CHOLI

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Dupatta has always been both important and symbolic in a bridal attire. The dupatta has long been a symbol of modesty in dress from the Indian subcontinent as its main purpose is as a veil.

But more often than not we find that the bridal dupattas are not so extravagant when it comes to their work and intricacy.

However,this year the bridal attires were given a new dimension with minimizing the work on the lehenga and going over the top with the dupatta.

GO GREEN!

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Such a beauty!

This dress is such a show stopper in itself that it would be impossible for anyone to take their eyes off.

Possibly one of the best bridal attire inspiration you will come across.

Love the emerald green shirt with gold dabka, nakshi, beads and sequin hand work along with the cut work on the shirt and drop stone finishing on the sleeves and the bottle green lehenga with gota booti chan.The delicate border on the organza dupatta compliments the heavily embellished dress very well giving it such a beautiful touch of class and royalty.

THE FAVOURED COLOUR.

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Can you ever go wrong with this colour?NO!

Red has always been a symbolic colour when it comes to choosing from the colour palette for the bride.Brides are generally asked to wear red during the wedding proceedings since it stands for prosperity and fertility.

And without a doubt no bride has ever not looked ravishing when in this colour.

This deep red bridal gown with worked bodice and fully embellished sleeves,gold mesh handwork on shirt bodice and floral patterned embroidery of tilla, beads and stones and the rust orange net dupatta with embellished floral borders on all four sides is nothing less than a vision.

The ULTIMATE COMBINATION.

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This IS the ultimate colour combination.

Traditional and old school,this combination can give life to any bridal outfit.These bridal outfit are on the list today because of how rich and wearable they are in a  host of festivities including wedding events and sangeet nights.

THE MODERN DAY BRIDE

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Yes,we all love the traditional brides .But,we can also not deny how appealing these dresses look – a form of modern silhouettes in emerald green, peachy tones and pastel hues.

A beautiful fusion of two different cultures: East and West.While these dresses look imaginative and creative,they are definitely in line with the current trends.

A treat for the new, the fearless and the dynamic generation of strong women.

OUT OF THE BOX

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These are gorgeous.

A fresh take on the bridal attire. You have seen enough of the lehenga designs,so now its time to see something out-of-the-box.I especially love the overcoat style.The style is not only great as a bridal outfit for ceremonies like mehendi or engagement but it is also great for other festivities.

What catches your attention in the jacket and the palazzo style is the extravagant embroidery both in the front and the back of the jacket and also the palazzo.

Again, a perfect dress for cocktail,mehendi or any other ceremony.

So,to all the brides-to-be and the ones who have already tasted the wedding madness,hope this blog was as much of a delight to your eyes as it was for me to write.

XOXO