Happy Lohri

‘Lohri’, as many of you may know, is one of the grand and joyous festivals of north India, especially Punjab.  I was born and raised in Punjab. So this festival is very near to my heart 🙂 . Lohri, basically marks the beginning of New year in India. On this occasion people wish each other abundance of joy and prosperity.

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In Punjab, people have an upscale Lohri parties for newlyweds or firstborns in the family. The first Lohri of a bride is said to be extremely important. Also the first Lohri of a newborn baby, whether a girl or a boy, is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

People dress up in new clothes on Lohri night, generally in traditional ethnic wear.

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PUNJABI SUIT & PUNJABI JUTTI

 

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In Punjab, a week before Lohri, children go from door to door singing folk songs in praise of ‘Dulha Bhatti’ and ask for munchies.

Dulha Bhatti was the Punjabi version of Robin Hood, who back in the old days, used to rob from the rich and help the poor, and rescue poor Punjabi girls being taken forcibly to be sold in slave markets.

These children are then given sweets and savories, and money as well. Turning them back empty-handed is regarded inauspicious.

 

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LOHRI FOOD

 

‘Bonfire’ is the key feature of this festival. After the sunset, huge bonfires are lit in the front yards of houses and people gather around it, sing folk songs and throw puffed rice, popcorn and other munchies into the fire.

 

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After singing the prayers around the bonfire, people dance and sing to the beats of the ‘Dhol’ (drum like instrument). They perform the traditional dance which is called ‘Bhangra’. People in Punjab also eat their traditional cuisine this day, which is ‘Sarson ka saag’ with ‘Makki di roti’.

I love this festival. Actually I love almost every festival 😀 But honestly, being a ‘Punjabi girl’, the festival of Lohri gives me a chance to dress up in my traditional ethnic attire 😉 and who doesn’t love that?

Wish you all a very Happy Lohri 🙂

See you soon.
until then…

Style And Changing Body Shape

We all know that our bodies do not look same what they used to look 10 years ago, specially after a certain age. Fitness gets hard with aging. No matter how much we try to stay loyal to our fitness routine, it is not always easy to maintain a certain weight or shape.

There are always few parts of our bodies we don’t like to flaunt and want to hide them away under the loose fit clothes. All that because of the continuous changing body shape. And trust me, its absolutely natural and happens to almost everyone, specially the women who are on a weight-loss journey, those who are impacted by motherhood and others who just seem to fluctuate!

However in such situations I still want to stay in style and make it work. Thus, keeping all these things in mind, I’m sharing few tips and tricks, in today’s post, regarding how to stay stylish with changing body shape that may help you to re-think before planning your outfit of the day! 🙂

FIT IS EVERYTHING

Fit is the most important thing. You could have the trendiest, most expensive outfit in the world—but if it doesn’t fit you properly, you’re not going to look stylish, and all your effort and money would have been wasted. The biggest mistake women make is wearing clothes that don’t fit because they don’t accept the body they have right now.  You have to accept yourself in order to figure out what looks good on you right now!

 

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Different Body Shapes

Also, if you already not know your actual bodyshape, find it out in above chart.

MAKE COMFORT YOUR PRIORITY

For me, style & comfort go hand by hand. I think every person has a different definition for comfort. Some of us feel comfortable wearing sneakers, others just can not go out without heels. Same applies in clothing too.
But whatever you do, make sure you’re comfortable in your entire outfit. Because if you’re not comfortable with what you’re wearing, you’ll not feel confident whatsoever! And ‘confidence’ is the key factor to feel and look stylish.

SUPPORT YOUR ‘ASSETS’

By ‘support’ I mean to wear good quality good fitted underwear: bra, panty or even spanks! When you will be well supported, your clothing will sit on your frame in the most flattering way. Know your best fit in this area too. If you will compromise in this department, all the other efforts will go waste!

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Underwear Styles

 

TRENDS Vs. CLASSICS

It’s important to know the right time to play with the trends. Your outfit is not simply a thing with a certain aesthetic appeal; it’s a form of self-expression.

On the other hand, the classic pieces will always look stylish no matter how a person’s body changes. Wearing simple looks like a button-down shirt with a well fitted pair of jeans and a stylish pair of shoes (pumps, flats or sneakers) will always look good in all situations!

FOCUS ON CURRENT NEED

This is the most important step so far. Go through all your wardrobe thoroughly once every month. Check what doesn’t look good on you currently. Pull out every uncomfortable piece of clothing you own, bag it up, and stuff it somewhere else for this month. You’re not throwing it away, you’re just getting it out of your sight so you can focus on those clothes you actually would look good in, according to your current need. Try to do this every month and trust me doing this will really help you!

In last, don’t forget to add that dash of ‘Swag’. Be it a pair of heels, or the perfect accessories (a bag, scarf or statement piece of jewelry). Seemingly tiny tricks can totally change your looks. For example, something as simple as looping your belt in a certain way or tucking your shirt in, can have a huge impact on your style. Adding a little swag to your entire outfit will keep you stylish even when your body is changing. 🙂

 

With all these tips and tricks I wish you all a very Happy New Year once again 🙂

Have a great weekend. See you soon in the next post.

Until then…

Monthly Favorites

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Can’t believe its the end of 2016 already! 😀

It’s the last week of this year and so as this post (I mean… last post of the year 😉 ).

Since its end of the month, so this post has to be my this month’s favorites.

For me It was a great month for monthly favorites and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Soap & Glory Scrub Of Your Life

Body scrubs are such an important part of my winter skincare. Skin gets more flaky during this season. So I prefer to use a good quality body scrub once or twice a week for silky smoothness.

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I tried this scrub for the first time and I really liked it!

This scrub is a mixture of tiny pink beads and colourless grains in a thick, clear and colourless gel. The fine scrubby particles are great at getting rid of dead skin cells. Every time I use this scrub, my skin feels so smooth and clean.

Nivea In-shower Body Lotion 

This is not the first time I’m using this product.

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If you haven’t heard or tried this product before, basically what you do is you apply this lotion while you’re in the shower (of course after the shower gel) and you rinse it off before you get out. It moisturizes your body so you don’t need to apply an additional body moisturizer afterwards.

This saves a lot of time, as we all know that moisturizing, sometimes, can be a bit of a pain. Honestly I never enjoy the process of body moisturizing.  Either I get really hot or really cold after a shower and all I want to do is to get out of the bathroom and put my clothes on 😀 This means I often skip the part to moisturize! But trust me this never happens as long as I’m using in-shower lotions.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser

I don’t like using the cream cleansers always as I find they don’t always leave my skin as clean feeling as I’d like! But to be honest cream based cleansers are kind of essential for my face specially during this season. Reason, they are excellent for those with skin that tends to be dry during the cold season. Also the cream formulas are generally quite gentle.

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I used this one for the first time and liked it so far because this cream cleanser  leaves my face not only clean, but soft as well. Although it wouldn’t stop me from using a moisturizer after cleansing. This cleanser does seem like it adds a bit of hydration to my skin.

Mario Badescu Rose Hip Oil

Rose hip oil is said to be full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines.

As my skin’s getting older, I am noticing increased hyper pigmentation, specially on my facial skin. Since I heard a lot about the benefits of rose hip oil (in this area) so I decided to give it a try.

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When I first started using this product, I had some breakouts and I immediately decided to stop using it. But after few weeks I thought to give it another try (since I spent $22 on this tiny bottle and didn’t want to toss it away just like that!). So what I did I started using it only around my mouth area (where the most hyper pigmentation is), and after few days I actually noticed a little improvement everyday!

Long story short, I figured this product reacted to my skin initially because my skin is a little sensitive. According to the usage instructions, they recommend to apply this oil 2 times a day, which of course was a little too much for my skin so I’ve started using this oil  once a day now, preferably in my night time skin care routine. And it works for me!

E45 Repair and protect overnight hand creme

This E45 Repair & Protect Overnight hand cream is a winter savior and heal the cracked and ashy appearance of your hands that happens during the cold weather.

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It’s quite light as a hand cream and it absorbs nicely, so no greasy hands, and it is a good dry skin treatment. It is scentless and has a silky texture. It really helps with dry hands! All I can say is I love this overnight hand treatment.

So, this was all in my this month’s favorites. Have you tried any of them?

What are your New Year Eve’s plans? Would love to know everything about it 🙂

I wish y’all a very Happy and Blissful New Year! See you  soon next year… umm… I mean in my next post 😀

Until then…

Holiday Party Outfit Ideas

Hello Everyone.

Today’s post is a quick and short one suggesting few last minute outfit ideas for Holiday parties.

As we all know winter holidays are the sparkliest time of year. And during this time of  year, most of us have some good parties to attend to 😉 One of the most awaited parties of the year is undoubtedly the New Year’s Eve party. Picking out a chick yet elegant look is not an easy task for a New Year’s Eve party. When it comes to play safe, sure a little black dress is always the best option for the party scene, but who says the holiday dressing has to be so cut and dry?

Here, sharing few ideas that may help you in the decision making. Let’s roll…

 

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Black Dress With A Twist

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Snowflake Chic

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Rock Some Ethnic Wear

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These are few pieces that can make a statement. But if you have something entirely different on your mind, that’s perfectly fine. After all this is a feel-good time of year where we spend lovely time with our family, friends and loved ones and create good memories 🙂 Dressing up is just a part of this fun and joy!

Hope you’re having good time. See you all soon in next post.

Until then…

Clinique Take It All Off Duo : Review

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Hello Everyone.

Hope y’all are having good time with your loved ones during this holiday season.  I too, had a great time with my family back in India (the sole reason for being MIA for so long). 🙂

While I was on my vacation, I got many lovely comments on my various posts. I want to Thank all those who kept coming back to check and had left beautiful and kind comments. And I apologize to all those whom I couldn’t reply and they had to wait for so long!!

Anyways, before the trip, while I was on travel-related shopping splurge, the only thing on my mind was to look for ‘Travel-size (friendly)’ products. And luckily, I got a few of them. I’ll try to share my thoughts on each of them one by one.

Having that said, I am sharing my experience of this Duo pack by Clinique in today’s post, that I purchased from Sephora for the price of $10 (USD). This travel-sized duo pack comes with a black mascara, and a creamy cleansing balm for removing makeup.

This set contains:

• 0.14 oz High Impact Mascara in Black
• 0.50 oz Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

According to my knowledge, both of these products in the box are NOT from any of their (Clinique’s) new launch. They came independently, few years back, so many of you might have already used them. But this range; specifically the duo combination is not older than a year though. And I’m really glad that I found something like this! I loved everything about this duo pack, whether its the size of the products inside, its price or the product combination itself!!

Anyways, let’s move onto the reviews of both products without any further delay!

High Impact Mascara in Black:

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I have only one thing to say about this mascara, “I just love it”! I don’t know why I didn’t find this mascara before?  I love wearing mascaras that add the perfect amount of volume to your lashes without giving them too much of drama. So far I wasn’t ready to try anything else but ‘ZoomFast Black Lash by Mac Cosmetics’. But this one, I tell you, is as good as the ‘Mac’ one. Plus the price I paid for this is totally negligible. Surely, its going to get a space in my vanity for long!

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Up is the bare eye and Down is just one application of mascara.

Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm:

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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a fragrance free makeup cleansing balm which comes in a plastic tub. It starts off with a quite intense product when you first scoop it out of the tub. But as soon as it touches your hand, it turns almost silky in texture.

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When massaged onto your face, it transforms into a fuss free oil.

I use this product as my makeup removing cleanser. I take this product as needed and massage it into my skin. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm almost instantly breaks down all my makeup. Once I can feel all my makeup has been broken down, I take a nice warm face cloth and wipe off the oily substance from my face- before rinsing my face.

 

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However, it does break down the waterproof makeup, BUT… I do feel the need to use the micellar water or a makeup removing wipe after, specially around my eye area to completely clean the leftovers. The good thing about this product is it doesn’t really leave a greasy residue after cleansing.

 

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Here, I just used the balm before adding any micellar water or wipe.

The one thing I would recommend is, try to keep your eyes closed throughout the washing process and try to rinse your face completely clean before opening them!

Last word: I’d just say one thing; that if you are the one who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup everyday, it is a very good Duo pack for you (size wise)! The quality is as good as the price. You won’t feel guilty of blocking your money with unfinished makeup.

On the other hand, it’s still not a bad option at all for all the makeup junkies, who can keep both of these small sized products inside their handbag for a fast clean up and/or a quick touch up. So I guess it’s a complete win-win!

I guess its all for today 🙂 On ending note, I want to wish you all a very Happy Holidays… May God fill your life with love, laughter and good luck! 🙂

See you all soon in the next post.

Until then…

Long Haul Travel Essentials

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Hello everyone!

I am traveling to India within next few days and I am so so excited to celebrate this year’s Diwali there in india with my all my near and dear ones. (for those who don’t know; it’s a festival of lights and one of the most popularly celebrated festival all over the India).

Since its going to be a very long journey from USA to India, I thought of sharing few tips on “Long Haul Flight Survival”. Because, the truth is – no matter how excited we happen to be, its undeniable that flying takes a serious toll on our beauty/health, if we don’t take things in our hands.

As you all know the drill. Hydrate plenty while traveling! Yes, water is an in-flight essential. And the small cups they bring around during the food service are not enough. So its always a good idea to buy and bring your own water bottle before checking in the flight.

Beside staying well hydrated, there are few other things that I don’t forget to do and encourage others (family/friends) to keep those things in mind too. I bet all these suggestions will make your flying experience more pleasant if you decide to act on them.

 

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1. Pre-Travel Prep

First thing first, I really put my focus on preparation before starting the journey. These are the things I like and suggest to do:

Create a Travel Essentials Bag

Get all your essential items in “travel size”, because they are TSA approved. For this reason, one thing that I like to do is, I like to save my samples (the beauty or skincare samples that I get from ulta/sephora) and like to use them during travel.

The goal here is to take a smaller bag full of In-flight essentials, which you can keep inside your carry on bag.

Do A Series Of Face Masks

It is really effective to do a series of moisturizing face masks few days before your travel. Reason, the environmental change inside the plane can make skin dull and dehydrated. Or you can do a mask in flight as well! Yes I’m talking about sleep mask. Use a product that will lock in moisture and provide a protective barrier against all of the recycled air. You can just put it on just before going to sleep and when you’ll wake up, your’ll feel your skin is all hydrated and refreshed.

Deep Condition Your Hair Preflight

The recycled air inside the plane is not only bad for the skin but harsh on the hairs as well. The lack of moisture in the cabin causes water levels in the hair to evaporate, which makes the hair look frizzy and dull. To keep hair soft, go through some deep conditioning hair treatments at home or salon before starting your journey. What I do for deep conditioning treatments is I slather on some conditioner, put the shower cap on, watch my favorite TV show for an hour or so, and then rinse it out.

2. Things You Can Do In Flight (During Travel)

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This way your skin will get a break. It is best to skip foundation, eye makeup, and the rest of the stuff so that this stuff will not sit on your skin throughout your journey which can increase the risk of acne. Instead use a hydrating moisturizer and a light lip gloss.

Moisturize As Much As You Can

The best bet to combat the dry air in the plane is try switching your lotions (body and face) to creams, which are thicker and better to fight off the dry air. Try to use an unscented lotion because strong smells could make you, or your very close seat mate feel airsick.

Also, many people might not know that it is important to use a sunblock even while sitting inside the plane, as while flying, we are exposed to higher levels of radiation (UV rays) simply because plains are positioned closer to the sun for long periods of time when flying.

Also, don’t forget to moisturize your nostrils. A product like ‘Aquaphor’ can be applied to your nostrils to keep them moisturized.

Oral Hygiene

One of the biggest mistakes people make on a long flight is to ignore their oral hygiene. The change in air pressure dehydrates us, and a dry mouth doesn’t have as much bacteria-fighting saliva, as a result it leads to bad breath!

On the other hand, a clean mouth will not only make you feel fresher, but it can also help lets your body know that it’s time for sleep in the night, as a part of your home routine.

To keep it simple you can use products, such as ‘Colgate Wisp’ for quick mouth cleansing.

Feminine Hygiene

Don’t ignore your personal (feminine) hygiene. Carry a pack of feminine wipes and/or bathroom wipes. Bathroom wipes come in handy if you’re traveling or stop at a place where there is no toilet paper. You’ll thank yourself later that you brought these with you.

Be mindful About Your Clothing Choices

This step is the most important steps of all, I belive! Never think of wearing spanx (clothing item) during long hour travel. Tight clothing can restrict pelvic area air circulation. If sweat does not have an opportunity to evaporate, it can open the door for unwanted bacteria.

Also, pick an outfit which is comfortable first and trendy later. Trust me, because if there is any chance that there is long hours delay in your flight or connecting flight, all you’d think of being comfortable in those circumstances!

Wear Right Amount Of Fragrance

Try not to wear too much fragrance or too strong fragrance. It is almost as bad as not wearing any at all. Use mild deodorants and/or fragrance for preventing body odor, especially if you cannot shower right often and regularly. This will keep you feeling fresh and your seat mates will thank you too 😀

Stretch Out Your Neck

Stretch you neck muscles while you air travel. It really helps. Repeat this about every hour or two. You should get up at least once in every two hours and stretch your legs/body. You can either do it on your seat or can just take a walk, even if it’s a quick one towards the bathroom. It will encourage efficient blood circulation in your body while traveling.

Apply The Landing Makeup

Now this step is totally optional. They say, a fresh coat of red lipstick on your lips is an instant beauty boost. Just moisturize your lips before doing that.

And at last, have a positive mindset. A long plane ride can be a good opportunity to catch up on books and movies or to sleep, meditate, or write a business plan for your dream job. Just try to relax and enjoy your ride 🙂

I would love to know your thoughts and any suggestions on this post. With all this excitement, I wish you all a very happy, prosperous and safe Diwali. And a very happy and spooky Halloween! 😀

See you all soon in the next post.

Until then…

Trends That Every It-Girl Is Wearing Right Now

Fashion trends are like seasons; they come and go. No matter how awful some fashion trends were in the past, few of them always manage to come back with a tweak.

It is also true that most women love to stay updated with the latest trends and like to wear what is currently in style.

Just like that, after the ‘laceups’, ‘cold shoulders’ and ‘open shoulders’, there are few trends on the trend list currently, that every It-girl is wearing right now! Honestly, no one seems to get away with these trendy pieces.

 

Current Trends List:

 

Pleated Midi Skirts

These skirts, often featuring pleats, create just enough flash while maintaining the right level of modesty. You can pair it with a chunky knit and ankle boots during this transitional weather.

 

 

Bell (baby) Sleeves

Now in the Fall, sadly the shoulders are not likely to get anymore attention 😀 Instead the ‘Baby-bell sleeve’ tops and dresses replaced them.

Bell sleeved tops (blouses, sweaters) look incredibly elegant. You can pair them with a pair of jeans, or under a mini or maxi dress, depending on the temperature.

The whole idea behind this trend is to make a statement entirely based on sleeves without giving any further stretch to other items in whole look.

 

 

Bomber Jackets

Bomber jackets, I don’t think is a seasonal item anymore! They were up year-round, meaning it’s about style as much as its utility. These jackets quickly went from a must-have item to a closet staple in a matter of months.

 

 

Block Heel Pumps

Chunky block heels are not only on-trend but also are very comfortable and adorable. This season’s block heels are so in vogue. It is a classy way to refresh your denim outfits, office looks, and everything in between.

 

 

Ankle High Boots

Which is the one shoe style do you think every woman needs in her fall wardrobe this Fall? I know… A sick pair of ankle boots! (Sigh)

This particular fit of ankle boots hits just a little higher than your average booties, say, just above your ankles.

You would love to pair them with either a cropped skinny jeans, midi skirts or dresses for  fall/winter, but I tell you… they are already a hit!

 

 

Statement Chokers

Trust me, the world is obsessed over choker necklaces right now. The choker, of any style, name it: velvet, metal, rhinestone or leather has been popular so far. These styles will be popular through the Fall too!

 

 

 

Guitar Strap Bags

The trendiest add-ons for handbags this Fall are not playful pompoms or fuzzy charms, but rather ‘Thick guitar straps’ that will serve to amp up and update your handbag game.

Wide, embellished guitar straps are the headline for the ‘Fall Handbag Trend’ this season. Multicolored embroidery, appliqué, studs and more. This show stopping bag trend is the most buzzed about this Fall.

 

 

Fall Florals

Its not every Fall, that the designers play with florals. But for 2016, a pretty large number of designers added small yet bold prints to few clothing pieces: sweatshirts, skirts and dresses.

You’ll ask what’s interesting about the florals for Fall 2016 then? It is that they aren’t particularly autumnal. You can use them through springtime, too!

Floral prints mixed with other botanical design patterns, floral tights and floral knee-high boots are up on the streets already.

 

 

Layered Necklaces

Although chokers are not going anywhere any soon, but here comes another trend to replace the heavier statement necklaces, is that, the ‘Layered necklaces’.

The key to this trend is easy. Just pile on the delicate simple and small necklaces and be ready to make a big statement. The trick is to  just mix lengths so that the chains don’t tangle while you wear them.

For example to go for a graduated effect—start with a delicate shorter necklace and then move on to slightly chunkier, longer necklaces. Say a delicate diamond + small gold charm + medium gold charm and you are good to go!

 

 

With all this, ending this post by wishing you all a great weekend 🙂

Don’t forget to share  your views on these trends. I’ll be waiting 🙂

See you soon in the next post.

Until then…

Tips & Tricks For Dark Lip: Fall Edition

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Dark lips in the fall are as groundbreaking as florals for spring! The time has finally come for the bold, deep and darker lip looks. Precisely, Fall is an opportune time to stash all your summer’s pink and nude lipsticks and switch to something bold.

But before diving into this bold(ness), there are few set of rules you need to follow which can make a huge difference in overall look.

If you want to achieve the perfect dark lip look, I bet you can’t go wrong with these tips and tricks. Please keep reading.

1. First thing first, find out the right lip color for you. Do some research and find out what you are into. There are many options available with different undertones: Mahogany, Deep burgundy, Bordeaux, Merlot, Wine and so on.

2. And by that, I mean to find a right color with ‘right undertone’ which would flatter your skin tone. For example if your are choosing wine lipstick shade, you need to make sure that the undertone of that wine lipstick should match with your own skin tone (cool, warm or neutral). This way the color will look more flattering on you. Here’s a real simple trick to do this. When you’re trying a lip shade in a department store or in a drug store, apply the shade to your lips and see if it brightens your face or makes you look tired. If it lights up your complexion, that’s the right shade for you.

 

3. Next, prep your lips by exfoliating and moisturizing before application.This will make the color go on smoother and last longer. Thinking to wear a dark lip color on chapped lips is a strict NO-NO.

 

4. Make sure to remove those baby hairs around your lips. If you’ll ignore this step, those hairs are going to look more prominent than ever, once you wear a dark lip! Your mouth area is going be noticeable.

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5. It is important to conceal your dark under eye area to provide a clean canvas for darker lips. And try to keep the face neutral.You also have to spend a minute to perfect your skin, which is something a lot of people tend to forget. Look for a good BB or CC cream. Use a tinted moisturizer that will help you achieve a glowing and more even complexion. It will help the dark lip stand out as bolder, cleaner and with more impact.

 

6. Next apply the lipstick. Just DON’T apply it straight from lipstick bullet. Instead, it will be better to use a lip brush to give you a control over the application and intensity. Brush will help apply the product on your lips evenly. Swipe it on from the outer corner of the mouth to center on both the upper and lower lips, then fill in the rest of the pout. Once you’ve applied your lipstick with a lip brush, run your liner in a matching shade along the perimeter of your lips to give them a borderline.

In some cases, the lip pencils can be overwhelming and take the focus away from the actual lip color, so to avoid that, use this one simple trick. If you’re using a matte color, you can use the pencil to smooth and perfect the look after applying the lipstick, but if it’s glossy, you’ll want to apply the liner first to give the lip color hold and definition.

 

7. Next you got to conceal the area around the lips to create a clean edge. This will give you more elegant, sophisticated and polished look.

 

8. You must know about keeping your makeup light while wearing a bold lip. But do you know that you need a bold ‘Brow’ to rock this bold lip look? Defined Brow and lots of mascara would make much difference. Avoid contouring and highlighting though, that might can create an unflattering effect!

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Last but not least, wear your bold look with confidence. A dark lip, no matter the undertone, is a statement and a strong one, so wear it like you’re going to own it!

A lot of women shy away from dark lips, staying firmly in the pink and nude zone. But the reality is that if you think you can not wear a dark lip, chances are you just haven’t found the right color yet!

So, are you into darker shades too? Let me know what tips and tricks do you use to channel your darker side 😉

See you soon in the next post 🙂

Until then…

Versatile Blogger Award!

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Happy October everyone! 🙂

Today I’m so honored and glad to announce that my blog has been nominated for “Versatile Blogger Award” by a fellow blogger named Amrutaa from https://makeupfashionluv.wordpress.com. Amrutaa, A big ‘Thanks to You’ for considering my blog. 🙂

I didn’t know about this award (or any online blog awards) until I received the nomination.

I would like to pass this nomination (with a list of Questions) to other fellow bloggers and wish them all the best for their blogging future.

Here are the nominations:

  1. https://thebeautydrive.wordpress.com
  2. https://beinggracefulblog.wordpress.com
  3. http://www.herquarters.com
  4. https://luimariablog.wordpress.com
  5. https://stylehue.wordpress.com

Seven Random Facts About Me: (that you might not even care to know 😀 )

1. I can’t see a child sad. It literally breaks my heart.

2. I am a fitness lover. Workout and music in my ears, is my thing.

3. I have a living dream of traveling around the world. I believe in earning experiences than keeping money in my bank account.

4. I admire people with beautiful hearts and beautiful souls. I don’t care how they look  from outside.

5. I love learning about things and stuff, in general.

6. I am a hardcore critic.

7. I am Netflix addict 😀

 

My Questions for the Nominees:

1 Why did you start your blog?

2 How did you come up with the name?

3 Who inspires you?

4 What’s the first thing on your bucket list?

5 What has been the hardest part of blogging for you so far?

Thank you so much Amrutaa!

Happy weekend Y’all. 🙂

See you soon in the next post.

Until then…

Monthly Favorites

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Happy (almost) October everyone!

These early Autumn days are so magical! I am already in love with the crisp air, pumpkin spice lattes and hot coco 🙂 I just can’t wait to see the leaves changing colors now.

Having said that, here I am, back with another Monthly Favorites post. The things I’m mentioning in this post aren’t entirely beauty related. These are rather the random things that I’ve loved using the entire month!

Let’s begin! Please keep scrolling for more.

1. Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser

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The very first thing that I’ve been loving this month is the Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser. Since the weather has changed and skin has started acting weird already, I felt its time to move on from liquid makeup remover solutions to cream based products.

It is a moisturizing deep cleanser & makeup remover. I used this cream cleanser last year in winters for the first time and now it has become an essential part of my autumn/winter skincare regimen.

2. Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hands Stronger Nails Lotion

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Honestly, I don’t use hand creams in summers other than sunscreen. But in cold drier days, this is the only hand cream I’m using from last 2 years. I really love this product. For better results, I use this cream at least 4 to 5 times a day for keeping my hands softer and smoother.

3. Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

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I tell you, I have a ‘Thing’ for charcoal based skincare products :D. And for this one, since it is an oil free formula, so it was the best cleanser for my combination skin in those humid days. It would be one of my top 5 summer cleansers and I definitely see myself continuing this one, next summers too!

4. L’Oreal Paris The Super Slim Eyeliner by Infallible


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I have been using this eye liner most of the days for about a month now and have to say I’m very impressed with the results. It took a little practice at first to get the line nice and straight, but I soon got the hang of it. It goes on really smoothly and leaves a really dark, definite line. But I’ll not suggest to use this product in summertime, because It is not waterproof and smudge proof!

5. Choker (Black)

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Yess… I know I am a little late to ‘Chokers’ party but in my defense, I wasn’t very comfortable wearing them initially. But once I started, I coudn’t get enough 😀 This one piece I got from Forevere21 way back in summers, I loved styling it different ways most of this month!

6. My fitness pal App

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Okay… so last Favorite from this post (as you can see) is an App. I’m sure you already knew about MyFitnessPal App. So did I. But what I didn’t know until a month ago, was that It could track my footsteps for entire day, automatically!

It is usually recommended to take at least 10,000 footsteps a day, for a healthy routine. And if you’re someone (like me), who finds it difficult to stay motivated and on track, then I must tell, if you haven’t tried this tracker already (and you don’t own a Fitbit), do give it a try. Just make sure to take 10,000 steps everyday, which will help keeping you on track, even if you’re missing gym or workout routine. I’m so excited to discover this. All you have to do is to hold your phone the entire time you are walking from one place to another… but… aren’t we doing that already? pff 😀

This is all I have for today’s post. I’d really love to know your thoughts on these favorites of mine.

Also, I want to mention that the festival of ‘Navratri’ is beginning from tomorrow. And I’m sending my warm wishes to all of you who celebrate this festival, and hope ‘Maa Durga’ brings all the happiness and brightness in your life!

One more thing I’d like to share that my blog has been nominated for Versatile Blogger Award! I’m really excited about it (although I don’t know much about it 😦 ) but I’m going to post everything regarding this in my next post which is going live tomorrow (off the schedule). Don’t forget to stop by. I would need your support 🙂

With all this, I hope you all had a very good September and I wish y’all an amazing October !!

See you soon in next post 🙂

Until then…

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