Nude Face-lift Session By Bobbi Brown’s Nude Collection

My fashionistas, I was at the Bobbi Brown Cosmetic in Selfridges London some time ago to attend a complimentary face-lift lesson. During the lesson I have discovered how to plump, brighten, pop, define and finish my look using Bobbi Brown’s stunning brightening Nude collection….all by myself. Thanks to the make-up artist Amy. These are few photos to share with you all to give a glimpse of what all I have learnt and unlearned about make-up, also I have listed the products that were tested on me to get the perfect nude look to go with this spring-summer trend and also I’m sharing with you all few tricks and tips I gathered from the make-up artist at Bobbi Brown.

Nude Face-lift Session By Bobbi Brown's Nude Collection
Nude Face-lift Session By Bobbi Brown’s Nude Collection

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5 Minutes On-The-Go Eye Make-up Tip

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My fashionistas, how many of you actually struggle to find time in the morning before going to work/school or simply not in the mood to paint the face immediately after you washed that beautiful face of yours first thing after waking up in the morning? I am sure most of us live in such zone. Almost every other woman going to work/school do their make-up in the train. It’s a great way to save your time in the morning. I would rather give that time preparing a nice healthy breakfast for me. So, yes I’m also one of those who do a quick make-up-on-the-go. And this is the easiest and simplest thing one can do. I can’t do without a nice black kohl pencil. That is most probably the ONE most essential make-up item I have been using since i’m 12 and I will continue using when I will be 82;)

So if I am not in a mood to have a defined eye on some days, I avoid using a liquid eyeliner. I am also the person who prefer to have a tone down eye make-up when I’m heading to Uni or work.  And sometimes when I forget to put the eye shadows in my tiny make-up travel bag that will probably match my outfit, then this is the best life-saving eye make-up tip. How? Okay, so pick up the kohl pencil (definitely a black one) and start drawing from the outer corner towards the centre and then draw from the inner corner and joint them in the centre, make sure you stay on the eye-lashes line and don’t leave too much gap, otherwise even after you put your mascara on, there will still be some white skin showing up and we don’t want that, do we? and then pick up a eye make-up blending brush and start blending the line you already drawn, just softly keep blending from the bottom to the top and you will see this effect on the photo here. To give it a complete look, just apply some nice voluminous mascara.

I use the black kohl pencil from MAC Cosmetics and this particular blending brush no. 224 is the best for eye shadow blending or even kohl blending when in need.

It is easy, simple and still gives you a modest smokey effect on your eyes especially when you are on-the-go!

SareeSutra: Baishakhi Look In Dhakai Jamdani

My fashionistas, bored with Indo-Western looks? Now it’s time to get traditional and don a look celebrating Bengali New year’s day. On Pohela Baishakh, Bengali women prefer to wear saree, most preferably a white saree with red border. I have worn a Dhakai Jamdani (A must have for all Bengalis) here despite not being a fan of Jamdani saree. This is my very first one and it is a gift. Usually, I would never wear anything (a gift or not) that I do not like completely. I like this red & white combination for traditional festivals like durga puja, baishakhi etc. so, it was the perfect occassion to inaugurate this saree today (half-heartedly because the motif on the body of this Jamdaani saree  wasn’t something I like, I wouldn’t buy it myself- let’s put it this way) as I wanted to wear red & white combination that looks very traditionally Bengali. Wearing new clothes is also a tradition on Pohela Baishakh, fittingly, this Dhakai Jamdani ticked all the boxes.
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Since it was a gift, the blouse came unstitched, naturally. Whoever said whatever happens happens for the best was right, at least in this matter. I can never see myself wearing the blouse piece came with this saree.  So, I picked up an all-over-cut-work blouse that I have in my collection. When buying a cut-work saree from Bangladeshi designer Shabana Ali couple years ago, she was kind enough to give me two blouse pieces so that I can style the saree with both traditionally with sleeves and with a modern twist off-shoulder design. And I knew it instantly that  this cut-work motif blouse with sleeves will be perfect when styled with a traditional white saree with red border on Puja celebrations or on Baishakhi…so here you go!

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I have kept the jewelleries very minimal keeping the color red in check. A pair of jhumka with pearls & polki and a pair of gold bangles with meena art and polki paired with the traditional shakha-pola (white and red bangles) have kept the look traditionally simple yet elegant. I make my own rules and follow self-made customs, I wore this white and red bangles because it completes this look, not because it is a compulsion for Bengali Hindu married women. My gold chain is a gift from my aunt, I have to say it is one of those rare moments when I liked something that someone gifted me;)

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When it comes to make-up, I wanted a very defined eyes with black eye-liner on both the upper and lower lines to give it a look similar to Hindu goddessess. As the eye make-up is loud, I had to go very light on my lips, so I just outlined my lips with a mocha lip-liner and put shimmery lip gloss in it. No lipstick! I have worn a big red vermillion mark on my forehead also known as Bindi and added one tiny diamonte under. This is a very traditional way of wearing Bindi among Bengali Hindus in India.  Washing my hair in the morning has its own charm- it looks naturally fresh and shiny. I didn’t need to style it. Since I have cooked and served a big feast for lunch, so I had to tie my hair to make it kitchen-appropriate, a casual low-loose bun was most convenient and go-to hair-do,  wearing  a golden flower-clip on it added an admirable feminine style.

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Wardrobe:

Dhakai Jamdani Saree  from New Market, Dhaka

Blouse Piece  By Shabana Ali (Blouse design conceptualised by me, stiched by my tailor in Delhi)

Criss-cross Gold Chain (I don’t know from where, remember it’s a gift!)

Gold Bangles and Ear ring from Ratan’s Kolkata, India

Eye-liner By Illamasqua

Kohl Pencil By Mac Cosmetics

Revlon Lip-liner Pencil

Estee Lauder Lip Gloss

Hair Flower From Debenhams, Oxford Street, London

Bindi from  New market, Kolkata, India.

 

 

Clinique Bonus time

My fashionistas, i like to believe myself a valued cutomer of Clinique as i started using their products since i’m 15. So, yesterday i went to top-up my 3-step skincare products that i use everyday since i’m 15, and they were giving some freebies with purchase of 2 or more Clinique products, one to be skincare, at selected stores. I returned home with this goodie bag having a black high impact mascara, a mystic shade long last glosswear with SPF and a high impact rouge extreme pink lipstick. Why wouldn’t i be loyal to them, say!!!!
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The high Impact Mascara is a multi-benefit mascara that adds maximum volume with definition and length. Specially developed brush and formula work together to dramatically thicken lashes while separating.
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This long last Glosswear SPF 15 gives you longer wear than traditional lip glosses by helping it stay put for up to 8 hours(as they claim). The richly moisturizing formulation also helps protect lips from the damaging effects of UV exposure.It gives sheer coverage.And can be worn everyday during the day time, most preferably to Uni or at work:)
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This ultra-moisturising, high impact Extreme pink long wearing lipstick protects lips with SPF15 sun protection. Lasts up to 8 hours. This just suits every skin tone and gives you a very feminine look. ( i couldn’t take a pic of the Green case:( )
To be honest with you, i don’t like this travel friendly cosmetics bag much that they gave this time as i have some best travel make-up bags/kits in my collection both from Clinique (all as freebies) as well as some other cosmetic brand that i use. But the products inside it are good enough to keep me smiling:)
If you use Clinique, just hurry up to get your goodie bag:)

Memoirs of a wardrobe: Last year’s sale deal

My fashionistas, today I went to an event organized by Starplus TV UK . It was a casual meet and greet event with some celebs visiting from India. I wore my  ZARA top, a New Look cropped neon chinos, a Primark clutch and my favourite sale deal  ZARA  patent leather pointed court shoes in cherry red -all from my last year’s wardrobe. This chinos was everywhere last year, and is here to stay, lots of bloggers in it and they are available in every possible high-street stores and made it in about 7/8 different colours. I saw someone walking around at the clothes show in it too. You have seen me in it before, i am sorry to bore you again;)

 

My ZARA top and shoes are my great spring-summer SALE DEAL of last year. I love this tiny piece of beauty in my hand-my  faux snake skin clutch with an arm band (which is again en vogue in this season, ZARA have got some wonderful collection of this arm band clutches,go and check it for yourself!). My neon bracelet is from a vintage market in Farringdon (the ones sit during lunch hour) and the oxidized bracelet is from Claire’s. My finger-wide ring is from Dilli Haat, India. As you all know by now that i’m enslaved to MAC cosmetics, so my lipstick and eye make-up are from MAC.

 

The truth is that i haven’t had the time to go shopping in the past two weeks (a write-up submission due), i mean visiting store in person;) I did some shopping online even in the last weekend. So i thought to make the most use of my wardrobe from last summer;)

  

Said Enough! Old is gold,ya!!!!

Nude Heels

My fashionistas, everyone needs a nude heel- they go with everything and they make your legs look super long. Yes, trust my word! Nude heels or a pair of nude court shoe can be your one fashion investement that can be paired with almost anything- from a short dress to skirts, from cropped chinos to slim fit jeans. This is a wardrobe MUST for all fashion worshippers-fashionistas. I have to give the credit to the lady and a fashionista i admire who played an important role to assure me from time to time that how essential a nude heel can be for your shoe closet and how it can tone down the look when you pair it with a bright neon outfit. Yes, it is our very own future queen Princess Kate Middleton whom you find donning a L.K.Bennett Nude Heel almost everywhere and with every attire.

So, when i decided to own one, i have researched a lot on the high street and high-end brands before investing on a pair of essential Nude Heels.

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1164101098_1_1_3This Patent leather platform court shoes have found a place in my shopping basket this weekend and i am a happy bunny 🙂 🙂 You will be bored seeing me in this pair, i warn you;) as it goes with almost every colour and any types of dress.

Try it!!! Nude feet it;)

Budget Fashionista

My fashionistas, I had been to a river Thames boat party  two weeks ago.

I have thought of a Look for the evening which will not cost me much and also which I can accessorize with bits and pieces from my existing wardrobe.

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This silk heart print dress or frock (which I call ”POLKA HEART”) looks so cute that I thought to go with a high school hair-do by making a side-saddle with a front braid. I recently had a hair cut, so the length of my hair got a bit shorter (which I do not like), hence I have used a braided hairband. If you have longer hair, you can make it with your own hair.

So going back to the dress, it had a attached fire red belt, so I had to dig out the red rose wooden jewelleries I have and wore only the ring (it comes with a neckpiece) to keep the look minimal. I wanted to carry a clutch with strap to hang it on my shoulder to keep the ”girly-going-out”. Since the dress has collars, so I skipped wearing anything in the neck, instead I wore a pearl ear ring which is very French and English.
It’s still cold in London, hence I can’t go out bare legs, moreover it was a boatparty, you remember! It’s naturally colder than the city, so I wore this polka dot tights with my sky high color block platform heels. And last but not the least, nothing can go wrong with a pair of red lips, I told ya!!!

And all these you can grab at a price of a meal in any of the posh restaurants in London.

Wardrobe: 

1. Dress and clutch are from primark

2. Shoes and leather jacket from Zara

3. Headband from Claire’s

4. Tights from Marks & Spencer

5.  Ring from a fair at Earl’s Court

6. Ear ring from Top shop

7. Lipstick from Illamasqua

Try it, if you like it. Drop me a line at the comment section as I like to hear what you have to say.

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