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I can be a little biased when it comes to Lakme products. Well, for one reason, the first ever product that I used as a teenager was the Lakme Natural Marble compact. And since then, Lakme’s quantity as well as the quality has never disappointed me!

For college days or days when I don’t feel like to dab on my lipstick, Lakme’s Rust Crush is a winner!

For someone like me who is constantly scared to experiment with bright colored lipsticks, Lakme’s Gloss stylist comes in handy.

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The packaging is cute and travel friendly. It comes in a transparent rectangle box with a silver metal finish.20131124_162157

What I really liked about the gloss stylist was that in spite of having a shimmery effect, it was not intense.

The one and only drawback about this product is that a single stroke doesn’t give you an opaque finish. A single stroke will give you a semi-transparent nude coverage. So, you might as well skip that nude lipstick and opt for the rust crush.

The gloss stylish lasts for about three to four hours depending on your meals.

Rating-4/5

Price- 700 rupees for 5ml. (Expensive, but worth it)

Available in other pastel colors too 🙂

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All You Wanted To Know About Trends for Autumn 2013

As we get in the autumn in many parts of the world, it is actually the time to look ahead of the spring and summer trends that seem now to be boring. Here is a close take at the trends of the autumn and all you needed to know to stay in vogue. It is pertinent to mention here that there will be soon new trends on the block from new designers. These will just give you a hint what may rule the ramp and the stores in the coming months, and what clothes online you can invest into.

Trend 1: All in white:

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For the summers, we had all the colours to try on, and everyone seemed to love the trend of more colours and patterns. Designers for their fall collections have come up with a unique choice of white for an entire outfit, starting from head to the toe. Are you short on budget? Don’t worry, the trend will ensure that you have something to mix and match for every kind of look. The style is simple and easy to afford and ensemble.

Trend 2: Typical Patterns:

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Don’t go by the word, when we say typical, we mean classic in every aspect. There are some amazing patterns that came back in the limelight, which includes large mixed prints, leopard prints, and pinstripes to name a way. Every other design that seemed to be rocking in the past is a rage in the present autumn season. Victoria Beckham was one designer who seemed to be extremely impressed with the idea for her collection.

Trend 3: Green at its best:

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The colourful shades of green were looking enchanting in the collections of many designers such as Richard Chai Love and Marc Jacobs. Look for the most unobvious colours such as army green and emerald, and you will be surprised to see how it complements your skin tone and sense of fashion. Smart, elegant and truly rocking!

Trend 4: Slouchy Pants:

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Avoid those cropped pants and well fitted ones for some time in the autumn as this is the season that is all about loose pants. With narrow cut and loose detailing, such pants look worth millions when pair with heels and medium sized handbags. For the top, keep the details simple. The design proved to be a jackpot in collections of designers like Prabal Gurung and Calvin Klein.

Trend 5: Unique Outerwear:

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Think of Outerwear for the season in varied shapes combined with high heels. There are so many different ideas for coats with shapes and colours that can surprise any fashionista. Ideal for your weekends and casual hangouts, these kind of outwear must be at least in two different shapes in your collection. If you are looking for some inspiration, look for the collection of Marchesa and Altuzarra.

[Images Courtesy: http://www.glamour.com]

 

Bio: Suzy Walsh is a guest blogger and style expert associated with the fashion website, The House of Elegance Fashion, and is known best for her unique style statements. Her take on fashion and style is simply outstanding!

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Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel: Start your rainy day with this deep cleansing gel to keep you fresh all day long! Since, most of us suffer from oily and acne prone skin, Vichy Normaderm’s range will do wonders! Tried and tested awesome at 390 rupees for 100 ml:

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock: Sunblocks are equally important during the monsoons. Since, people think that they are not directly exposed to the sun, they do not need sunblocks. But, the UV rays surfacing towards the earth amongst the clouds are more concentrated and harmful. To learn more regarding sunblocks, please refer to our previous blog post – Block the Sun

Lakme Black Impact Eye liner: You do not want your eye liner to smudge on a rainy day! Do not hesitate to try that winged liner or cat eyes with Lakme’s Black Impact Eye Liner. At a budget buy of 225 rupees, we couldn’t ask for more!

L’oreal Professional Absolut Repair Shampoo and Conditioner: Control your untamable frizzy and dry hair with L’oreal Professional Absolut range. Shampoo- 425 rupees and the Conditioner- 525 Rupees.

 

Lancome Hydra Zen: Tired of the dull and pale skin? The Lancome Hydra Zen prevents skin break outs!  At 3,100 for 50 ml, it is certainly expensive but one of the best moisturizers. For those looking for a budget buy, can use the good old Nivea!L’oreal Fab Finish soft

Maybelline Baby Lips: Kiss Kiss Pucker and Pout, I love my Baby Lips! We surely love the Baby Lips range! Despite the adorable packaging and catchy flavored names, it is definitely EFFECTIVE! Try using a lip balm without color and a light colored lipstick since Lipstick smudges are very messy and difficult to fix!

L’oreal Anti-frizz spray: Undoubtedly, our ‘oh-so’ good hair day turns into a bad one when the rains set in. To prevent, frizzy hair, try the L’oreal Fab Finish soft Anti-frizz spray! You won’t regret trying it at 550 rupees

 

Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara: The most common beauty blunder occurs when the rains drain away your mascara. Hence, waterproof mascara is a must-have! Lancome’s Hypnose Waterproof Mascara builds your eye lashes to perfection! Price: 1,550 Rupees

 

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Its the rainy season! We yearn for the smell of the wet mud and the cool wind. While most of us enjoy sitting at the window pane enjoying that cup of hot chocolate, some unlucky fellas need to travel all the way to their respective office and college. Potholes, overflowing water, increasing humidity, acidic rain, sticky muck leads to frizzy hair, split ends, skin infections and diseases. So, how do you prevent yourself from getting infected?

We are crowdsourcing the rainy day beauty essentials that one can include in their daily routine during the monsoons. So let us know by commenting below, tweeting to us or by posting on our Facebook page!! Not only are we going to include your beauty essential but we will credit you too! So gather all your home made face pack recipes and beauty products and write to us! Last date to submit your entries: 16th June, 2013.

 

The six yard unstitched fabric looks elegant and sensual when draped on a lady.

An Indian saree has undergone the test of time. But, there’s a flattering twist to the modern era saree. With sarees becoming more contemporary, quirky and lighter, we no longer see the quintessential plain saree with an attractive border. Designers are experimenting with prints and vibrant colors. We love Yogesh Chaudhary’s Pacman print and Masaba Gupta’s shutterbug chic and lipstick blot print.Apart from the six yards, designers are opting for jackets and knitted tops instead of the prototypical blouse.

But, today is not a quirky day! It’s the wedding season and the quintessential saree works wonders! Consequently, I almost received a marriage proposal! Being a modern woman, this very saree helped me transit between the contemporary and ethnic society.

Saree - From my mother's collection

Saree – From my mother’s collection

Since, the saree was simple, I chose to do a smokey eye effect with a winged eye liner and red lips(which has worn out due to the amount of food and drinks).

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Winged Eye Liner- Lakme.
Lips- Faces Go chic Poppy Red

I kept the accessories to a minimal by wearing two gold kada’s and a gold jhumka.

Gold Jhumka- Ancestral

Gold Jhumka- Ancestral

 

Bangles and Ring- Colaba Causeway

 

Black and gold is a classic combination! I carried a diamond studded gold clutch.

Clutch-Linking Road Nail Art- DIY

Clutch-Linking Road
Nail Art- DIY

So, this was my first experiment of going Desi with the Indian Saree. Do you like it? Let me know by commenting below. We love your feedback!

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I have always had an inborn ability to take a pair of scissors and cut out old apparel. Unused clothing intimidates me to take up a pair of scissor and upcycle it into a beauty! A few weeks back, my mother asked me if she could use my old lab coat to clean the windowsills with it. Hence, I thought of upcycling my lab coat. You can wear the crop top with printed skinny tights or pair it with with ripped denim jeans.

Today, we transform a lab coat into a cropped t-shirt.

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  1. Cut your labcoat or a shirt along the dotted lines. I decided to try a high-low asymmetrical top since its awkward for a few of us to flaunt our tummy.

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2. Now, to enhance your cropped tee, start STUDDING! Start with laying down your studs on the pocket. Heart or a Star? Well, the decision is yours! 🙂collage13

3. Next, glue some colorful gems to your shirt collar.

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Isn’t it easy peasy? You can also dye the crop top for an ombre look.

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collage1“You have pretty hair but just straighten it a bit”, an anonymous aunty once told me. I didn’t want to. Not because I love my hair, but because it forms a very intrinsic part of my identity.

But growing up with wild curls was always a task. Imagine breaking combs, battling thousand split-ends and obviously fighting the cotton-candy mop. I have been through it all, So when a friend of mine recommended Kerastase, I didn’t mind trying. Believe me, no jokes, that is the best decision I took in Life.

Kerastase Oleo Curl Intense comes in a sturdy 200 ml bottle. Gel-like, a little goes a long way. But mind you, it has sulphates (I dont’ mind them at all) and the ingredients list does mention it.  After the first wash itself, I could feel that my curls were much more tamed and less rebellious. It was almost like my frizzies were thanking me for it.

It also comes with a masque, which in one word is the ‘BOMB’. It has a thick pudding-like texture and lasts for more than three months. The mask also doubles up as a home hair-spa alternative.

The only down side is the price. You will have to break your bank for this. But believe me you, it will be all worth it!

Pros:

1.       It’s a Kerastase product

2.       Makes your hair super manageable

3.       Best friend for curly girlies

Cons:

Price

1.       The shampoo comes for Rs 1400

The masque for Rs 2400

2.      Only available at select salons

Love,

Kay

Disclaimer: All the products mentioned in this review are bought by the owners of this blog until mentioned otherwise

Text:  Sarika Nagdeo


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