Great Gatsby inspired makeup

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Hello loves!

This look was inspired by the movie The Great Gatsby (which is a great movie by the way!). I just really love the 20’s era and the whole allure of that generation. Some see those times as turbulent and unstable and I do agree to some extent. We have come a long way since then but speaking purely from beauty and makeup perspective I feel the 20’s were so mysterious and hauntingly beautiful!

 

 

For this look I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay matte palette for the eyes and the Zoeva Cocoablend palette to darken the edges.

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FACE:

Foundation:

Makeup forever official HD foundation Y127 mixed with Urban decay cosmetics All nighter foundation 5.0. Cream highlight: Maybelline Age rewind concealer in light. Setting powder: Soap and glory Kickass. Bake under eyes and cheekbones with Laura mercier translucent powder. Contour: Nyx cosmetics contour palette. Use shade ‘sculpt’  and ‘toffee’ on the higher edges. Blush: Benefit cosmetics Dandelion.

EYES:

Tarte cosmetics Tartelette Amazonian clay matte palette. Use shade ‘natural beauty’ in the crease. Use ‘supermom’ and ‘wanderer’ all over lids. Darken outer V with ‘force of nature’ and ‘multitasker’. Use ‘substitute for love’ from the Zoeva cosmetics Cocoa blend palette to add warmth to crease. Lighten brow bone with ‘supermom’.

EYEBROWS:

Anastasia beverly hills Brow wiz in medium brown.

LASHES:

Huda beauty Samantha.

LIPS:

Essence cosmetics ‘Femme fatale’ lip liner filled with Mac cosmetics lipstick ‘Ruby woo’.

EYELINER:

L’oreal cosmetics black gel liner

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I hope you guys like this look! If you have suggestions for future looks please do not hesitate to recommend 🙂

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Aishwarya Rai inspired makeup!

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Hello lovelies!

This look I was inspired by the gorgeous Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai whom most of you might already know about. She has been an ambassador for L’Oréal and Longines watches for a long time and I simply love her. I admire her fashion sense and makeup style, especially when she’s addressing press! 😁

 

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Here are the makeup deets for this look. I used the Huda beauty rose gold palette to achieve this look and most of you know how much I love that palette!

FACE:

Foundation: Urban decay cosmetics All nighter 5.0 mixed with Makeup forever official HD foundation N127. Setting powder: Mac cosmetics Studio fix NC40. Bronzer: Natural collection cosmetics ‘Sun tint’. Contour: Nyx cosmetics ‘Taupe’ blush. Blush: Benefit cosmetics ‘Dandelion’. Highlighter: Charlotte Tilbury makeup Filmstar palette.

EYES –

Huda beauty Rose Gold palette.Crease: ‘Flamingo’ & ‘Shy’. ‘Heena’ on inner & outer corners. Lid: ‘Sandalwood’. Centre lid: ‘Bae’ topped with ‘Moondust’. Outer corner V ‘Shy’ & ‘Bossy’ to darken. Eyeliner: Soap and glory Super cat. Mascara: Estee lauder  Sumptuous voluminous mascara.

EYEBROWS:

Anastasia beverly hills Brow pencil in dark brown.

LASHES:

Huda beauty ‘Samantha’.

LIPS:

Huda beauty Liquid Matte in ‘Trendsetter’ & ‘Gossip girl’.

 

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Glowing with Becca cosmetic’s Champagne face palette!

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Hello lovelies!

This look is dedicated to my favourite Champagne face palette by Jaclyn hill and Becca cosmetics. That’s mostly what I’ve used here. Absolutely love how it came out! Perfect for that enchanting summer glow with a pop of gold on the eyes ✨

I thoroughly enjoyed using this palette because the glow you get with this palette is just ethereal. I looked like a walking talking golden mermaid! The highlighter is really pigmented and smooth and I find it is very long lasting as well. I applied my makeup at 1pm in the afternoon and I took it off at 7pm which really isn’t bad if you come think of it’s staying power.

 

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Makeup deets:

Face: Armani Beauty Luminous silk foundation 6.0 mixed with Urban decay cosmetics All nighters foundation 5.0.  Bronzer: Natural collection cosmetics bronzer in ‘sun tint’. Cheeks: Used the shade ‘amaretto’ to contour and ‘champagne pop’ and ‘prosecco pop’ to highlight from the face palette. Used ‘opal’ on the highest points & inner tear ducts.

EYES:

Crease: ‘pamplemousse’ and ‘amaretto’. Lids: ‘champagne pop’ all over and dab ‘prosecco pop’ in the centre.

LIPS:

Soap and glory Marvelips dabbed with ‘pamplemousse’.

LASHES:

Huda beauty ‘samantha’.

EYEBROWS:

Nyx cosmetics Eyebrow kit.

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Hope you all liked it! If you have suggestions for any make up looks please don’t hesitate to leave comments 💕

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My hair loss story and tips that can help!

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Hello lovelies!

How many of you ladies have jumped at the sight of an awkwardly shocking glob of murky soapy hair that’s blocking your shower drain while you happily finish your daily showering business? Probably all of us at some point in our lives!
I have been there way too many times to even remember now. My scalp usually goes through a period of shedding hair every year…and it’s definitely not a happy time!
Every year I’m miserable around summer. (That’s when the most shedding happens). Every summer I spend most of my days indoors so I don’t have to wash my hair and see loads of hair staring at me in the drain making me feel like I’m suffering from some life threatening disease that I’m yet to discover!

Saying all this I have come to accept that this is a process that happens to some more frequently than others and it’s quite a natural one and there’s nothing to be scared about it.

Yes yes, I know it all sounds nice and normal but no one prepares you for the emotional effect it has on you while you’re body is doing its whacky thing.

For women all over the world, hair is one of the most celebrated features of beauty. To have thick, healthy hair is like being born with a lucky star. So when you see yourself losing something that’s revered everywhere in all cultures and communities, it’s literally quite heartbreaking!

So let’s face it, the longer your hair, the more hair you’ll see, and the worse you will feel when you lose it. I have pretty long hair (almost upto my elbows) so you can imagine how crazy I was going! It would take absolute ages for my hair to grow that length so when I was seeing all this hair saying goodbye to their home I was bound to feel pretty worried.

To put my mind at ease and half heartedly expecting to hear that I’m gonna die soon I went to see a dermatologist for my excessive hair loss. I was taken to a room where photos that were digitally magnified probably a thousand times were taken and I was asked questions about whether I understood my hair and really knew the difference between broken and ‘falling’ hair. (Rolling eyes). I have pretty healthy hair otherwise, meaning they aren’t chemically treated or dry so there wasn’t much breakage. It was all coming out from the source. Read roots.

I was told that it is very common to undergo severe hair loss after a traumatic experience, accident or an illness. I had gone through tremendous stress a few months prior to my hair fall dilemma so it made complete sense to the doctor as to why I was facing this condition. Basically in a nutshell your hair will leave you after you stress a lot. Not right away but it will leave you. It will get all angry at you because you stressed so much that it had to eventually leave you.

Most pregnant women will also face hair loss during or after their pregnancy. Usually the surge in hormones helps facilitate hair growth and once the baby is delivered the hormones balance out and one of the repercussion of that is that you lose hair. Sadly.

One big lesson I have learnt. DONT STRESS. For the sake of vanity and your hair, do not stress. Our scalp really despises it. Secondly, give it nourishment. Oil massages and hot oil treatments are imperative for strong healthy hair. Massages promote blood circulation which is key for rapid new hair growth. But the most important thing; eat your proteins and happy hair foods like eggs, fish, bananas, nuts, legumes etc consistently.

Another thing the doctor told me was that do not wait for your scalp or hair to get dirty before you wash it. Regular washing keeps your scalp clean which is important for new hair growth. Wash your hair with tepid water.

Ladies, I hope this will help you and make you feel less anxious about what you are going through. Trust me, I know the feeling very well and I know how heart wrenching it can be. But the good thing is that it does stop and it does get better!

Remember the hair that you are losing now was suppose to leave your scalp at some point. Unfortunately when and how much hair we lose is something we cannot always control. But there is hope and it does stop and it does get back to normal 😊

Hair care tips that worked for me:

1. I started taking Biotin supplements regularly to encourage new ‘stronger’ hair growth.
2. I also incorporated MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) an organic sulphur compound which is usually found in meat, dairy and some vegetables in powder form by taking a teaspoon everyday in a glass of water or mixing it with my shampoo. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin which is high in sulphur content. As we age the ‘anagen’ phase of the hair reduces. Anagen phase is when the hair is at its strongest and healthiest. With ageing our hair becomes thin and brittle. That is due to lack of collagen and sulphur in our bodies. Supplementing sulphur will ensure thick strong hair growth like before.
3. I switched to natural organic shampoo and skipped on the conditioning during this period.
4. I did scalp acupressure which is pressing on certain points on your scalp to release tension and increase blood circulation.

 

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Review: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

This palette came out in Aug 2013 and if you are a makeup junkie like me, then you would know that Charlotte Tilbury is the crème de la crème of the makeup artist world. So when she launched her own brand I really really really wanted to try this palette. Yes, the price did give me sleepless nights but every penny spent was totally worth it! This palette has 2 compartments. One for highlighting and the other one for contour/bronzing. The packaging is really unconventional. It’s doesn’t come in a regular box like other palettes do. The box has 2 layers. You have to slide the top layer in opposite direction going outwards which reveals the box inside that charmingly unfolds like a present. So top marks for that CT! You guys totally aced the packaging.

Now let’s talk about the stuff inside the box. For me it was love at first sight! The product is set in a rose gold box metal palette. It’s just so beautiful and classy. The product itself was also something I instantly took a liking to. I just LOVED how subtle and natural the contour looked on my skin. I’m of Indian origin so I have a strong yellow undertone. For reference purposes I’m generally a NC35 in Mac and NC40 during summers. On my skin tone this bronzer looked really nice. It’s one of those shades that doesn’t give you an intense contoured look that you would notice straight away. The colour is taupy brown with a purple-ish tinge in it. Some can find that it may look muddy on the skin and honestly I had doubts too when I first saw it but nope, it looks very natural and gives a shadow effect.

Now lets talk about the highlighter part. The highlighter is really pretty. It’s a satin cream colour with fine gold specs that give a beautiful iridescent sheen. The texture is so finely milled that it blends beautifully. It doesn’t leave any harsh lines or streaks. I have always used this palette for special occasions. It truly does make me feel all model-ish and glam minus the long legs! 😀

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar bronze & glow is available in select departmental stores. (Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in the UK, Nordstrom in the US. Sadly it is not available in India as of now). It sells at $68 in the US and £49 in the UK.

I use the Luxie lush 504 angled brush to apply this bronzer. CT does recommend to use this palette with her signature brush Powder & Sculpt brush for a better contour but of course any angled or a dome shaped brush will do. For those interested, CT Powder & Sculpt brush sells at $49 in the US and £35 in the UK. Although pricey, I must admit that it is one of the brushes that is totally on my wish list! 😉

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Review: Georgio Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer

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Georgio Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer

I have been using this concealer for the past 6 months now and I have had it for almost a year! But I only discovered its awesomeness in the last few months when I decided to unearth it from one of my abandoned makeup cases. This is one of the best concealers I’ve come across. The texture is perfect for any skin type, and mine is combination skin. I use the shade 3.5 (Light Sand) which is orange-based. It’s got just the right amount of orange in it to conceal dark circles and uneven skin tone. It is liquid in texture but not exactly runny. I find the formula of this concealer perfect because it sets in the very scales of the skin which is awesome! You will definitely not see a smudged waterline or pencil marks under the eyes with this one. Another great thing about this concealer is that it is long lasting. It refuses to move or budge like most concealers do at the end of a long day. If you happen to have a yellow undertone like myself then the shade Light Sand will work for you. I always use this concealer in conjunction with the GA Luminous Silk foundation and it matches like a charm. This combo almost undoubtedly gives me flawless finish every single time! Love it.

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The bottom two pics are swatches of the concealer and foundation and you can see how the concealer beautifully blends in with the foundation creating an amazing gradient. This concealer is definitely a hit if you are looking for the under eye highlight.

GA High Precision Retouch concealer sells for 35$ in the US and £26 in the UK. It is available online in India via in.strawberrynet.com for around Rs.2,553. (price at the time of publishing)

 

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