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Monday, 15 August 2016

Five Things That Make Me Happy



1) Lingerie// This might seem like an odd thing to say, but wearing pretty lingerie makes me feel confident. I never gave much thought to what I was wearing until I purchased a beautiful Chantilly lace chemise for my birthday and that kicked off my love affair for delicate and feminine underthings. This mesh bralette from H&M makes a pretty underpinning for everyday outfits. It’s incredibly comfortable, and the underwiring offers extra support.

2) Lipstick// Red lipstick makes such a powerful statement. I’ve always shied away from reds because I believed bold lipsticks never looked good on me. But this sheer lipstick from Chanel changed everything – it’s a luminous ruby red that suits my olive skin nicely. It’s bright without being too overpowering. This is my go-to colour for all the important occasions that require me to bring my A-game.


3) Flowers// The sight of blooming roses make me incredibly happy. I always have flowers around the house because it instantly uplifts the mood. My secret (not anymore) dream is to turn my house into an urban jungle with flowering plants and succulents – but alas the English weather is not conducive to it.

4) Bath// Running a bath on the weekends is my favourite thing to do. I always make an event out of it by lighting some candles and watching re-runs of Lisa Eldridge’s videos. Soaking in the bath is such a great stress buster, and these Himalayan Pink Salts from Therapie detoxify the body and soothe muscle aches.

5) Fragrance// This Molecule 01 perfume is wonderfully warm and masculine. I’ve had so many people ask me what perfume I’m wearing ever since I discovered it. Oddly, I can smell it on myself, and it lingers all day long. The fact that I’ve finally discovered my signature scent makes me jump with joy!
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Saturday, 13 August 2016

SS16 Makeup Trends With Farfetch

Farfetch, a new destination for luxury beauty hosted an evening for bloggers in collaboration with London Makeup School. They showcased some of the most popular makeup trends of Spring/Summer 2016. The evening started with prosecco and a wide selection of hors d’oeuvres to get the conversation flowing. It was a surprisingly sunny evening and the venue provided the perfect platform for bloggers to meet and interact. The makeup artists from London Makeup School recreated the looks seen on the runways of Kenzo, Chanel and ChloĆ©. 

Here's a photo journey of what transpired on the day: 













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Friday, 12 August 2016

Wardrobe Organisation Decoded


Now that we’re well into the second half of this year, it’s a good time to re-assess your New Year style resolutions. If you’re anything like me, it’s always a good time for a wardrobe declutter. This task can feel overwhelming to many but having a simple step-by-step guide can help you create that functional, stylish and organised wardrobe of your dreams! What’s more, it can also help you declutter your mind. Remember that a simple guide is one that works for you and your closet. Here’s mine:

Set aside some time

Depending on how big (or cluttered) your wardrobe is, you’ll need to set aside some time for this task. You could use a couple of hours on a free weekday or set aside half a weekend.

Empty everything out

Yes, it is important to take every single thing out. All of it! You’ll probably find that dress you had been looking for, or even discover some hidden ‘gems’ that you had forgotten all about. Most importantly, you need to give the inside of your wardrobe a good clean anyway – must admit; this is my favourite bit of the entire process!

Quickly sort your stuff out

Do not delay this step or else you’ll end up sleeping on the couch, with your entire wardrobe on your bed (yes, been there, done that). I generally sort out my wardrobe pieces into piles: a ‘keep’ pile and a ‘to go’ load. If I have a hard time deciding about anything, it goes in a ‘may be’ pile, but I try to keep this to a minimum. It is important to be ruthless here if you’re serious about decluttering – my general rule is: if I haven’t worn a piece of clothing for a year or if it is new with its tags still on even a year later, it’ll need to go. Trying everything on (not all at the same time!) will help you decide which pieces make you look and feel good.

Put things back in an organised way

It’s finally time to put your carefully selected pieces back into your clean wardrobe. Organisation is key here. You could neatly arrange your clothing in a way you find most appropriate. Some people prefer splitting home- and work-wear in different sections. Others prefer the colour grouping approach. Consider using quality hangers that are non-slip and don’t take up too much space in your wardrobe. You can also roll or fold your basic t-shirts, nightwear and gym-wear in drawers. Drawer dividers, boxes or tiered shelves can be extremely useful in storage and wardrobe organisation. Your most worn and loved pieces can also hang on a free-standing rail; it makes morning dressing so much easier and also looks beautiful.

Enjoy

Don’t forget to sit back, relax and bask in the glory of your ‘new’ wardrobe, where everything fits and looks great on you. And just in case you were wondering, my ‘to go’ pile goes to charity (if it’s all in a good condition). As for my ‘may be’ pile, I usually take my mom’s opinions to decide what stays – because somehow, she’s always right!


How often do you declutter your wardrobe, and what are your top tips?

XX
Kajal



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Monday, 8 August 2016

Everyday Lipstick Wardrobe

A muted, natural lip colour is my go-to option for everyday. They form the foundation of my lipstick wardrobe – they are fail-safe and partner perfectly with every makeup look. Here’s a run-down of my favourites: 

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie: Creamy and non-drying, this lip pencil is a touch darker than my natural lip colour. It’s the perfect dusty pink shade for olive skin tones. It glides onto lips smoothly and seamlessly without highlighting any texture.

Mac Velvetease Lip Pencil in Aim To Please: Very similar to Walkyrie, except it has a slight mauve-y undertone. The velvety formula makes it the perfect choice for a daytime pout. It sits comfortably on the lips without feathering.

Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Nude: A rosy-mauve hybrid that’s hydrating and easy-to-wear. This sheer lipstick is not sticky and applies really smoothly. It lends a subtle sheen to the lips without looking overtly glossy.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Bond Girl: I’ve talked about this lipstick here and here. It’s a cross of rose with mauve and looks really natural on my lips. It’s a comfortable matte option that’s long-lasting and pairs well with a smokey eye.

RMS Lip2Cheek in Modest: This multipurpose product delivers a hint of moisture to lips and gives them a luminous sheen. I like to pat it onto my lips as it goes on slightly patchy.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Dialogue: A classic red that can be sheered out for a muted finish. The lightweight consistency makes it easy to touch up throughout the day. Packed with pigment, this lipstick is hydrating and feels weightless on the lips.
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