Friday, May 25, 2012

Summer Cocktail

Tank- H&m, Skirt- Styledrive for Spring Break Collection, Necklace- Colaba ,Cuff- Topshop, Rings- Blur & Accessorize, Bag- H&m, Sandals- Bata (last year)

I love how colours get so bright during summer and the way orange and purple are taking over the world (courtesy Pantone and Prabal Gurung). I have been wearing so much of both the colours individually but I was surprised to see them go so well together. Not that I haven't seen other people rock this combination before(Gucci spring 2011 should ring some bells) but you know it's always the best when you see yourself doing it right.
I have also been adorning my skirts & dresses like never before. The heat in this city keeps getting worse and what better way to beat the heat than with flowy silhouettes? I also prefer wearing lighter fabrics and minimalistic pieces during summer because I cannot skip my jewellery no matter what. And with statement jewellery making such a huge comeback how could I be left behind? After all I own more jewellery than clothes. No kidding. I think I have spoken enough (here) about how I think investing in accessories is the right thing to do.
Besides me blabbering about my outfits, I have just been busy with finishing off the last segment of the Styledrive for Spring Break collection. It has been such a great learning experience for me! Anyway, hope you guys are having a splendid summer. Until next time.

Also you can now follow me on Pinterest & Instagram (aayushibangur).

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunshine yellow

Cropped Jacket- Styledrive for Spring Break Collection, Dress- Hues, Shoes- Asos, Belt- Forever21, Bracelets- Assorted, On my nails- Sally Hansen's Shrimply divine

I've heard the best outfits are the one's that come together in 5 minutes and for me this was one of them. I wore this outfit to a recent Steve Madden event. The invite looked fun and so I decided to dress up in a fun complimentary outfit. If you follow my Facebook page, then you know that I am currently obsessed with yellow and this jacket seemed to fit right in. It's bright, it's light and it's oh so flattering. I contrasted the bright hue with a navy polka dotted dress that I recently scored at Hues(it's originally from Charlotte Rousse). It's got a cutout at the back and that's the reason why I had to have it, besides the fact that it was a steal. And for some reason, I seem to love the yellow and navy combination. I decided to have an arm party so I stacked up all the bracelets I currently own. No I'm kidding, it would take more than 2 hands to stack up all the bracelets I own. And finally I finished the look off with some sky high heels. Wondering where my bag is? Well I decided to give my clutch a skip & may I add that it was one of the best decisions I've taken so far because during the entire event I had a cupcake in one hand and a wine glass in the other. C'est la vie.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Top 5 favourite lipstick brands

I was never into makeup products like I am now. It's been almost 2 years since I first started collecting makeup and learnt about the techniques and tools to be used. It's definitely something that intrigues me a lot and now I end up spending a lot of my money on it.
As I got more and more into it, I also figured out how certain brands are better with certain products or simple things like shelf lives of a product and how to spend less money on things like Mascara which can only last you a maximum of 3 months and more on products with a longer shelf life.
My all time favourite make up products would have to be a good concealer, a voluminousness mascara and a bright lipstick! These are 3 things that I cannot live without. I have collected quite a few lipsticks- some high end and some drug store, over the years. Here are my top 5 lipstick brands :-

1) Maybelline

They make such amazing products at such affordable prices. I love their lip products! I own a few of their  lipsticks and Pink Petal is by far my favourite shade from Maybelline. They cost somewhere around Rs.300 and smell amazing (if you care for that). The packaging is alright, not my favourite but it works out. All in all you get more than what you pay for and if you are a lipstick lover like me, you must try these!

2) Revlon

Revlon is such an amazing brand just generally. I love their mascaras, their nail polishes, their lip glosses and of course the lipsticks! They make some absolutely wonderful finishes in gorgeous colours. They range anywhere between Rs.400-600 and usually have a sleek black packaging. My favourite Revlon colours have to be Coral and Pink Pout. Both of them look gorgeous on a skin tone like mine and stay on for a good amount of time! So next time you're at the mall don't forget to check out the Revlon counter!
( I can't wait for their Lip Butters to launch in India. I picked up two of them on my recent Holiday and I absolutely love them!)

3) MAC

Mac by far has the most amazing colour range as far as lipsticks go. They do about 5 finishes out of which Amplified and Creme sheen's are my favourites! Everytime I go to a Mac store, I want to buy more lipsticks! It's kind of a problem. But they are so amazing. Not only do they have a sleek packaging and delicious smell but they are also moisturizing and last on my lips for a decent amount of time. The darker colours tend to stay on better though. They are priced at Rs.990 unless they are from a limited edition collection. My favourites would have to Impassioned, Russian Red and Chatterbox. Do try them if you love wearing lipsticks and want to invest in some good one's. Mac also has a back to mac policy, in which you can take back 6 empty product containers and get a Free lipstick in return! Bonus points!

4) Chanel

Chanel is one of my favourite cosmetic brands. Their products smell so good and every time I use Chanel products, it just makes me happier. Their lipsticks are not the best but they are pretty good. I am not a big fan of their finishes and colour palettes but every now and then I do find a shade I love. They cost around Rs.2000 and are definitely not something I indulge in all the time! Their lip glosses are pretty awesome too. Pluses, they are super moisturizing, smell SO good and I love the packaging. Minuses, over priced.

5) Nyx/ Colorbar

Okay so these 2 brands rank the same for me! They are both amazing and cost the least out of all the brands I've mentioned above. I love the Nyx Matte lipsticks and their Soft Matte lip Creams! I had ordered so many from btw, you can get a discount on this site if you use the code- STYLEDRIVE at checkout) last year and since then I have received a compliment every single time I've worn them in person or even in my outfit posts! Their packaging is pretty good but what I love the most is the colour pay off of their lipsticks! Another amazing thing is that their Matte lipsticks are not drying unlike most brands. Really good stuff!

As for Colorbar, I own 3 of their lipsticks and they are all so good! Not a big fan of their packaging but I love their wide range of colors and the fact that they are so affordable! My favourite shade would have to be Smokey Rose.

So these are my top 5 favourite lipstick/lip product brands! Which is your favourite lipstick brand? I love lipsticks and I enjoy trying new shades all the time, so do leave a comment below and tell me if know of a  shade that you think I should try!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

How to : Studded Shoes

Shoes- Colaba(Rs.150), Studs- Something Special, Glue gun- Any stationery shop

I have been seeing studded shoes, clothes and bags in almost every store and on every website since over a month now. And though I like the trend, I wasn't sold out by any particular piece. So I decided to try my hands on making something similar which  would be easy on my pocket and would satiate my need of having something studded! I studded a pair of black shoes, you could use the same technique and stud an old bag or even the pocket or collar of an old t-shirt or blouse. 

What you need :-
- Flat studs
- Glue gun/ Adhesive
- A pen
- A pair of old or new shoes

1) Take a pen and mark the places on the shoes where you would like to place your studs. This will make it easier when you start placing the studs.

2) Now take your glue gun and apply some of that glue to the marked spots and simultaneously place the studs before the glue dries.

3) Check if you want to add some more studs here and there to make it look better.

4)Let the glue dry for an hour or so before you flaunt them. And there, you have your own pair of studded shoes.

A tip- Don't worry about the studs being symmetrical unless you have a particular pattern in mind. 

Hope this gave you some fun ideas! Also, don't forget to enter the Styledrive for Spring Break Giveaway which ends tomorrow! 

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Styledrive for Spring Break - Giveaway!

And it's time for another giveaway! It's been a while since I did one and I am actually pretty excited for this! So here's how you can win a shopping spree worth Rs.2500 to buy some of the pieces that you were probably eyeing from the Styledrive for Spring Break collection :-
  1. Link back your favourite item from the Styledrive collection.
  2. Leave the link below in the comments and tell me why you love that particular piece.
  3. You can comment just once in the comment box below but you can increase your chances of winning by sharing the link of your favourite item on Facebook and Twitter. Don't forget to tag me when you share! 
I will announce the winner on my Facebook Page on 10th May. Goodluck ladies, may the best girl win!

*All participants should be above the age of 18. This giveaway is only open to people residing in India.

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