Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Marquee Reloaded

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Dress- Marquee by Veromoda, Shoes- Dolce & Gabbana, Earrings- TAD accessories, On my lips- Rimmel Kate Moss 107

Last year, Veromoda launched an exclusive, limited edition collection called Marquee which was something rather unique for the Indian audiences. Personally, I quite enjoyed the collection so when I found out that the brand was ready for round 2, I was ecstatic. The cherry on the cake was the fact that this year's collection was designed & curated by the modern day style icon, Kangana Ranaut. Just like last year, you can expect doses of the entire collection to hit the stores in batches, within the next few months. Over all the collection is loaded with perfect picks for the upcoming festive/party season with, something for everyone!

Ranging from bright reds to dull nudes, from elegant lace to fiery sequins, it's as versatile as it can get.This month's collection includes Dandelion Dreams which is an expression of pure sophistication in pure white and rich pastel Wasabi along with intricate beaded embroidery. The second part includes Deep Lake which is tale of romance between rich black tones and deep emerald greens that are gleaming in gem-encrusted satin. This collection narrates the boldness of the feminine form in a recherche fashion.  

When I visited the Veromoda head office back in August to get a sneak peek of the collection, this dress was immediately a favourite! I love the juxtaposition of the digital print with lace and of course the blend of these stunning dark hues. Totally up by ally, this dress is ideal for a fancy date night or a fun girls night out. I paired it with classic black pumps that instantly make me feel more confident and to add to the underlined boldness, a burgundy pout. This dress for me is definitely one of it's kind because it's the right mix of feminine and edgy. You can literally change up the accessories to transform this into something completely different in a snap. So if you were to get your hands on any one piece, I think you need to grab this beauty.

Images by Jaina Kumar

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

All The Greige

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Products featured- Bobbi Brown's The Greige collection, Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, corrector & concealer| Cropped top & Skirt set- FancyPants, Earrings & Rings- Pipabella

This fall, Bobbi Brown introduces the Greige collection, a curated range of Bobbi's favourite neutral shades that deliver a classic, chic look. The perfect blend of grey and beige hues, the collection has a complementary colour palette of the perfect naturals, along with a few intense, more dramatic shades. I had the astounding opportunity to get a personal makeup lesson and have my makeup done for the second time this year, by the exemplary makeup artist Eliano Bou Assi! We attempted to create a fun, festive look within 15 minutes, one that you can don for any occasion in the next few months. Not only was I introduced to the entire Greige collection but Eliano also unveiled the new Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, Corrector & Concealer which have globally become all the rage and are now all set to launch next month, in India.

We started with clean, moisturizer skin and then sticking to one of Bobbi's commandments, reached for concealer, first. Technically, we reached for the ISS Corrector in the shade Bisque first and then followed it up with the ISS Concealer in Natural. The texture of these products felt so good on the skin, blending perfectly and I literally haven't stopped using these products since that moment day. He then used the new ISS Foundation which is a perfect everyday foundation as its light weight, the ingredients used to create it aide in improving the quality of your skin and it has an SPF 40! The coverage is light, however you could build it up a little with a thin second layer. The next step was, Strobing of course! Strobing is nothing but extreme highlighting of the skin to focus on the high points of your face and it also gives you the freedom to go light handed on your bronzer, creating a more natural contour. For this, he used the shimmer brick in Rose above my non existent cheek bones, on the bridge of my nose, on my cupids bow & under as well as above my eyebrows. He then added a soft pink blush to the apples and painted my lips with a gorgeous berry shade.

Then, moving on to the eyes, he started with the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in the colour Greige. These shadow sticks, glide on smoothly and can be used to shade, define, smoke and highlight the eyes. A unique blend of oils, waxes and film-formers gives it a water-resistant formula and superior 8-hour wear. He then began to dip his brushes into my favourite product from the collection, The Greige Eye Palette, creating a subtle smokey eye. This palette is definitely the centerpiece of this collection, featuring a mix of 8 matte and metallic shades all housed in a sleek navy compact. The shadows are well-pigmented and extremely easy to blend. A simple black gel liner, a little colour to fill in the eyebrows and a few strokes of mascara completed this eye look. He then added a touch of Golden Light bronzer to add some definition to my face, a spritz of the setting spray and we're done! I loved how fresh, dewy and natural my skin looked, to complement the smokey eye and dark lip. Definitely a look that I am going to attempt to  recreate multiple times in the coming days. The collection is available at all Bobbi Brown outlets so go give it a look before it's sold out!

Images by Jaina Kumar

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Three Way with TIGI by Bedhead

I am quite open to experimenting when it comes to my hair colour but when it comes my hair style, I'm rather boring. I'll throw my hair up in a bun or braid it occasionally, but more often than not you'll find me parading my freshly curled mane. So last month during Lakme Fashion week, when I had the opportunity to spend some time with the stylists from Bed Head by TIGI, I knew I wanted to try something different. I not only got them to style up three of their iconic looks on me but also got a step by step break down, so that you can recreate these looks at home!

1) Vertical Set

- Prep you hair with a good cleanse and conditioning, using products of your choice. 

- Then start with some Superstar thickening spray & the After Party smoothing cream to get a sleek yet tactful hair texture.

- They then suggest that you start by taking pivoting sections; which are nothing but sections that resemble a pizza slice, all through your hair.

- Curl the section vertically, using a tong to create a spring shaped curl. You could even spray some of the Head Hard spray in each section before curling it, to get a better, long lasting curl.

- Now, clip the section to the scalp to help retain it's shape. 

- Repeat the curl & clip process through all of your hair.

- After 5-10 minutes, remove the clips and use a flat brush to open up the curls and then set them the way you like. Don't forget to spray some of the Headrush shine spray to add a finishing touch to this glamorous do. 

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2) Rope Braid

- Start my parting your hair as per you liking. 

- The stylist used the primping technique to get that voluminous, textured look in my hair. You could absolutely skip this step and just use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner for the previous wash or alternatively, you could even use the Dirty Secret dry shampoo to add that much needed volume.

- Before you start, prepare your hair with the Totally Baked meringue, for a better grip while braiding.

- To the achieve the rope braid, start by splitting the hair into two 1 inch chunks on either side of your parting.

- Then go on twisting the two sections separately while switching them from left to right and vice versa, adding 1 inch chunks of hair as you go.

- Once done with one side, secure the end of the braid on the back with bobby pins.

- Now continue this process on the other side, creating a wreath like design with the rope braid along with hair line.

- Secure the lose end of the other braid and spray some hair spray to help hold it all in place. You could even use the Wax Stick to smooth-en the fly aways.

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3) The Faux Bob

- For this look again, make sure you start with big, voluminous hair. 

- Now, if you have shorter hair, you probably don't need to even bother with this step but for those of you who have long hair like me, start by taking a horse shoe section of hair and clip it away.

- Separate the length below the horseshoe by twisting your hair into small tufts, pinning them away close to the scalp, to aid the illusion of short hair.

- Once done with the bottom length, start vertically curling pivoting sections of the top hair, using a tong and clip them to cool off. Use the Masterpiece spray shine spray for to give a good hold and add more body. This spray also works brilliantly against humidity so it's definitely a must do step for anyone from Mumbai!

- After 10 minutes, take the clips off. Begin separating the curls to create volume and backcomb using your fingers. Repeat this step on smaller sections of hair to create this shabby chic, faux bob!

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I hope you guys found this useful and easy to follow! I had a lot of fun shooting this and I won't lie, it was a nice change too. My favourite was definitely the Faux Bob but do comment below and tell me which of these looks is your favourite so that I can recreate it for my next outfit post shoot!

Images by Jaina Kumar

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Denim & Leather

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Denim shirt- Veromoda, Leather skirt- Veromoda, Beaded top- Veromoda, Shoes- Dolce & Gabbana, Earrings- Pipabella, Sunglasses- Italia Independent, On my Lips- Pink Nouveau

There are some splendid days when, I am able to assemble a look within minutes without having second thoughts. This outfit was the outcome of one such day. Ready to head to a meeting followed by an event, I required an outfit that was a balanced mix of casual and formal, shabby & chic. I started with this butter soft pleather pencil skirt and paired it with a feminine beaded cream top. A lot of people are vary of wearing leather in the day time but the trick is just to dress it down with more casual pieces to make sure it shines the right way. I was going to add a blazer but decided to instead opt for a a casual denim shirt with a faded wash depicting aptly the shabby chic look. I cannot stress enough on how key the role of accessories is to make or break an outfit or to make it appear more casual or more event appropriate. I decided to add my staple black lace & leather pumps, a studded clutch & reflective sunglasses to add pizzazz to this ensemble.

I have been having such crazy busy days on a personal and professional front and I am now left longing for a holiday! Although, I don't see that happening anytime soon as I have way too many things to accomplish before I could even think of relaxing. However, I am quite open to the idea of a mini getaway so if you guys have any suggestions on where I could pop in for a couple of days, do leave it in the comments below. I am thinking of a beachy location down south but I can always reconsider! I hope you guys have a wonderful start to this last leg of 2015 and you kick ass everyday!

Images by Jaina Kumar

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