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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 for 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 is my go-to option for everyday. Rosy lipsticks with a brown or mauve-y undertones are a staple in my arsenal. 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 brown 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. 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 it 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 blot it on my lips because 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.

PS: I'll be swatching these lipsticks all week on Instagram Stories! Also, looking to improve your photography skills? Here's a really helpful post
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Monday, 1 August 2016

Au Naturel Look ft. Charlotte Tilbury


This natural makeup look is something I’ve strived to perfect over the years. It’s elegant but still has an edgy vibe to it. Gleaming skin, a rosy pout and a smudgy eye look is my fail-safe option for all occasions. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating the look: 

After moisturising my face, I applied a thin layer of the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in the shade Dark. I blended the foundation with my fingers to keep the coverage quite natural. This lightweight base conceals imperfections without obscuring the natural glow. Sparingly applied foundation is the key to achieving a natural and luminous-looking skin.

Next, I applied a little Retoucher in the shade Medium along the orbital bone to brighten my under eye area. I also use it around my nose and mouth to cancel out any discolouration. I wanted to forego using a pink blusher, so I opted for The Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in the shade Formentera. This is the perfect shade for adding some depth and dimension to the face. This dusty brown blusher blends into the skin beautifully to leave behind the faintest hint of colour.

The idea was for the brows to look undone, so I filled them with the Legendary Brows in the shade Cara. This brow mascara adds the perfect amount of colour and holds the brows in place the whole day. (Detailed review coming up soon!) To smoke up the eyes, I used a black eyeliner along the lashline and blended it with a fluffy brush. Next, I applied a few coats of the Legendary Lashes mascara to the top and bottom lashes. This mascara thickens and lengthens the lashes without making it look clumpy. 


I wanted the lips to have a beautiful rosy glow and the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl is the perfect option as it's close to my natural lip colouring. I think it ties together the look quite nicely. So, there you have it - a simple and chic makeup look for every complexion and occasion. 

PS: Looking to follow a beautifully curated instagram account? Here's my husband R's instagram page - it's sure to feed your sense of wanderlust! 
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