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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Model Makeup : Karen Fleischmann


Photography by Shardul Navare
Styling by Munjal Gandhi
Model - Karen Fleischmann from Switzerland
Makeup by Neeraj Navare for Beauty Traveller
Hair by Sanky Evrus

It was such fun shooting with the amazing dream team and one of my favorite models Karen Fleischmann. She is so beautiful, effervescent and has an amazing complexion thanks to her Philipino and European genes. Not only Karen is a thorough professional but she is also a beautiful person to talk to and to work with.

In this post I shall be posting the 1st look that we did for the photoshoot. This look encapsulates the 'true Karen' and is a complete no makeup look which of course does need a lot of makeup to achieve. The flesh tone colors and shades were used for creating a naturally enhanced complexion and we have done minimal editing and corrections as the shooting camera is very HD and can accentuate all the features in a dramatic way.

Lets see what products were used to achieve this look.....I shall be doing a look breakdown on my sister blog. Do keep reading..........................

Saturday, June 20, 2015

How to look good in photographs??

(Shardul Navare Photography)

Have you ever looked white in photographs?
Have you ever suffered from photo-malfunctions like looking extremely shiny or oily, darker than usual or anything of that sort?
Have you ever go photo-conscious because your makeup does not make you look good?
Has the camera flash brought out the 'ghost' in you?

If at least one of the answers is YES then you must read this article. Who said that one cannot look amazing in photographs? You do not really have to be a professional makeup artist to look good? Trust me, many makeup artists I know who do some amazing work LIVE, create disasters in photography makeup and then go through all the extra pain of retouching and photoshopping. Working with some really nice photographers who have an eye for some amazing natural looking photography, I can muster some guts to share a few tips that can make anyone look amazing in photographs. This could be beneficial if you are taking selfies, taking pics at events, take pics under flash or in broad daylight or anywhere else. Its a good article to know if you're a blogger, if you are a media professional, a celebrity, a model and mostly if you are that perfectionist human being albeit the gender who wants to look amazing and flawless in photographs without the malfunctions.

I would be highly elated if one could benefit out of this article and please do let me know in the comments whether it was. I would strictly prefer not mentioning any of the brands in this article as everyone has their own choices and brands they love. Its just about using the right products in the right places and that should solve the issue.

Please note that I am including the pictures of my work for better understanding and for better examples since I know what I am doing. Read further to know what you exactly need to be reading......

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Review : L'Oreal Infallible 24H Foundation


Finally I can say I'm back to reviewing and buying time for my lovely blog. Foundations are such fun and getting the right foundation is the most tried and tested thing I can ever see or imagine. We are as confused with foundations as we are with our clothes and there isn't one single foundation that can sort out all problems. Thence over a million formulas are available and just like clothes there's something special for some one in foundations too.

Today I am reviewing the L'OReal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation. Most of them call it 'RENO' but I did not see it mentioned anywhere and I haven't received any PR samples. I purchased mine from Beauty Palace in Crawford Market with my own money and thence writing my own findings and a honest opinion.

So let have a look at whats with this new favorite foundation of mine.............

First of all, I must tell you something about myself and my obsessions over foundation.
  • I am a professional makeup artist and that means I need a new innovative formula that caters to my needs and helps me achieve the best results on my clients. My spectra of clients ranges from bridals to photoshoots and fashion to films which makes it mandatory for me to have products that are not only multi tasking but also good quality and doing what they claim.
  • I have numerous foundations ranging from drugstore to department and I use them for specific makeup jobs which could be from temporary with touch ups to a semi permanent almost an entire day of makeup at a venue. So the products differ all the time.
  • I love liquid foundations. They can be controlled and applied so well and thence I choose formulas that solve the purpose more than seeing their marketing strategies.
  • As a makeup expert and an avid researcher in beauty innovations and formulas, I am on a hunt for products that sort out my problems and needs and give me the best results in whatever I do.
My ideal foundation......
  1. It should be a liquid as a foremost priority as liquids give the most natural finish and I love to worship the skin.
  2. I loveeeeedddd the long lasting demi-matte and almost velvety foundations that do not budge and yet give the most amazing medium coverage. I sometimes use these foundations for concealing purposes as well.
  3. Any formula that is water resistant, long wearing, non comedogenic, non acnegenic, breathable, oil free, hydrating etc etc is my formula of choice.
Seeing some basic fundamentals, lets come back to the review of L'Oreal's smart innovation, the Infallible foundation. Before this product, they did launch another Infallible foundation which I never bought as they only had fair colors and I find it very 'racist' when a foreign developed brand sells fair foundations in India to promote a fairer skin. That's a wrong and a bad concept. But I believe that those foundations were withdrawn from the market and never heard the buzz then. What got me back to L'Oreal is the Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation since their Tru Match was a complete disaster for me. Now with the launch of the New Infallible 24 H foundation, I am back to the company I deserted once.

  PACKAGING


Its a plain, not so sturdy feeling glass bottle with most minimalist details. As a drug store brand L'Oreal cannot and may not afford fancy packaging as its other luxury companies. It has a square-ish dimension all over and the foundation is dispensed through a pump. The pump is of amazing quality and can be controlled to get the right amount of product. 

The leaflet on the back has to be pulled up and out to read the ingredients that are written in the most minuscule writing ever. One fine day they may write so fine that only ants could read what is written. I had to take a magnifying glass to read the ingredients and I shall mention what I read.


FORMULA


L'Oreal has delivered a foundation that is so promising that it seems like a must have. The formulation is a silicone based one which is the reason of the longevity of the product. Luckily the foundation does not dry out so fast being a long wearing one and there is some play time for the product to blend into the face without drying up very fast.

The liquid formula is a creamy textured foundation which does not feel dry on skin, has an amazing blendability and slip, does not drag on the skin, feels nice and creamy on the face and most importantly applies well with whatever the medium of application is - finger, brush and sponge. Yes! It does last really long and especially in the strong and warm camera lights. Since it does not have SPF, there are no greyish-purple tones to the skin and it does not flashback. Instead it photographs as beautifully as a department store foundation and feels extremely professional looking with seamless and flawless finish. They have many many shades for a lot of skin coloring and I am quite impressed by the range of pink, golden and olive tones in the foundations. The only unfortunate thing is that they do not have colors beyond complexions that are MAC NC43.5 and can be a bit of problematic. For these skin colors, they can still use the formula by mixing with a darker color than their regular foundation shade, as this formula promises an extremely long lasting wear.

I agree to the fact that L'Oreal has incorporated Hyaluronic Acid to catch water and hydrate without creating an oily film which is amazing. Another claim which works for me is that its extremely oily skin friendly which means no oil for hours and hours. Its non comedogenic. I did not notice clogged pores or get an immediate breakout with the foundation. It has a pleasant smell and is surprisingly light weight with the over usage of silicones in it. We call it as an air whipped texture.

With a coverage so medium to full and so good, the foundation was amazing enough to hide redness, minimal skin perfections and even under eye circles and sets best with a loose translucent powder. The finish is almost matte with a bit of healthy gleam seen through and one may not need a lot of powder to set it.

Finally I must say that this product is BANG ON!! (I seldom use this word). 

COLOR

11 Shades are a lot for a drug store foundation but why not!! This shows that with the price point that one has to pay, they can walk shoulder to shoulder with department brands. 
One notable point is that the foundation oxidizes ever so slightly in the day which is why its good enough to buy a shade a little lighter than your skin rather than finding the perfect shade.

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Here are a few times where I used this foundation on makeup jobs. Since I just have 3 colors and I often work with fairer and olive skin tones, I am able to show you the results I have achieved with 120, 150 and 250 shade nos.


Yulia from Ukraine

I have used a mix of 120 and 150. 150 is more for reverse contouring.


Karen from Switzerland

I used the shade 250 all over with 150 as a highlight. Mixed the two colors for a second layer. Please see the video that follows.




Paula from Brazil

Since she looks so European and is so white, I applied 120 shade and the yellow color took away all the redness from her face. 


I shall be doing some individual posts to let you all know how I applied the makeup on these gorgeous ladies. 

With L'Oreal Infallible 24 H foundation, I strongly recommend this one to everyone who is in need to find a new foundation just for fun or as a replacement to their current favorite. Just one note that it has 'Methylparaben' which may not work with the ones who have allergies. Please keep that in mind or else the foundation is excellent and I have not seen any flare ups on the sensitive skinned models I have used this foundation on.

Hope you like the review. Please do let me know in the comments section.


Till then,

Ciao

Please do not copy any pictures or content of Beauty Traveller without prior permission. Thanks for reading my blog. I don't give 100% on the authenticity of the content here and it is subject to change without prior notice. Please read the disclaimer for any questions.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

My Kit Essentials.............


Being working incessantly I haven't found enough time to take photographs, make tutorials, write reviews etc. Its just a difficult world when it comes to doing makeup jobs and simultaneously writing my blog. One is field work whereas other is a home job and they are poles apart. Anyways I am still going to strive hard to write and update whenever and wherever I can.

The profession of a makeup artist is very demanding. Its not the easiest to keep in pace with the modern formulas and the modernity of everything but there are some makeup kit essentials which take you through a lot of jobs and are the true guardians of your talent.

Here are some of my kit essentials from drugstore and department brands which help me in many many jobs and whenever in crisis of thoughts I know where I have to reach and my work is done. Lets have a look...............


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Catalogue work



It was indeed fun working with my favorite photographer Munjal Gandhi, beautiful and effervescent model Danielle Pires from Brazil and my dear friend and talented hairstylist Sanky Evrus. The theme was really amazing and was for designer Natasha Davda who makes some of the most wearable surreal clothes and has a wonderful taste and great palette.

The theme of the shoot which was outdoor was 'daughter of the last VICEROY', I believe Lord Mountbatten. She's a young British girl who's raised by an Indian old lady and learns to dress up in a mixture of two worlds. She's delicate, vibrant and donnes a rosy complexion. Danielle fitted the story so well and can't wait to share the images when they are ready.

Meanwhile I am going to list the products that were used. The first look was Audrey Hepburn inspired and one of my favorites. Lets see what products were used................Most of the products are from drugstore and very affordable thence its for every beauty on a budget.


PRODUCTS USED

FACE
  • Johnson and Johnson Baby wipes
  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
  • Miss Claire Hydrating Primer
  • Oriflame The One Foundation in Natural Beige and Porcelain
  • Kryolan Derma Foundation in D4 and D64
  • Essence Translucent Loose Powder
  • Rimmel Blush Trio in Summer Fever and Spring Flower
  • BH cosmetics Special occasion palette
  • MAC Powder blush in Emote
  • Kryolan Interferenz Wheel 
EYES
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint pot in Layin Low
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige
  • BH cosmetics Special Occasion Palette
  • BH cosmetics 88 Shimmer Palette
  • Essence Waterproof Liquid Eye liner
  • Miss Claire One Stroke Waterproof Eye liner pencil
  • Essence Volumizing Mascara - I <3 black="" extreme="" in="" li="">
  • PAC 213 False Lashes
  • Shiseido Eye lash curler
LIPS
  • Maybelline Lip Balm
  • Bourjois Lip pencil in Enjoleuse
  • NYX cosmetics Xtreme Lip Color in Butter Nude
  • Clarins Prodigy Lip color in Rosy Coral
I hope you liked the look. Shall be sharing the pictures and the look breakdown soon. Have a lovely day. Do let me know your feedback in the comments section. 


Till then,

Ciao

Please do not copy any pictures or content of Beauty Traveller without prior permission. Thanks for reading my blog. I don't give 100% on the authenticity of the content here and it is subject to change without prior notice. Please read the disclaimer for any questions.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Engagement Makeup with Jnaeti


It was such a pleasure and fun to do makeup for the engagement of this surreal beautiful girl Jnaeti (Ja-nay-ti) who happens to be one of the fastest friends of my friend and photographer Munjal Gandhi.

It was her engagement and she wanted to look fresh and glowing with a nicely done eye. So thats what we achieved after 45 mins. The hairstyling is done by Sanky Evrus. Lets see what products were used to achieve a beautiful look on this beautiful girl.


Monday, March 23, 2015

BOBBI BROWN in MUMMBBAAAIIII!!!! Store Review and A Little Haul



Bobbi Brown came to the town, riding all the way!!! Finally!!! And this is a stimulus for me to write my beauty blog again. Now its not just Bobbi Brown but so many brands and so many products that needs reviewing that I am thinking of starting afresh and basically trying to share a lot of makeup looks, trends and my favorite products along with reviews which I personally find very mundane and lifeless until the products are used on the eyes.

To all those who may know, Bobbi Brown is an icon. She changed the look of beauty and made products available for all who aspired to look beautiful and radiant. She introduced the concept of 'natural' makeup and with such epoch making products that are like legends, Bobbi is one of the most powerful makeup artists and beauty entrepreneurs in the world. Being a part of Estee Lauder companies, Bobbi Brown has catered to professionals and consumers alike and is considered as one of the most successful makeup artist made brands in the likes of other legends Laura Mercier, Francois Nars, Paula Dorf, Trish McEvoy, Kevyn Aucoin and the recent ones Troy Surratt and Charlotte Tilbury.

Before you make any preconceived notions and opinions, I would like to highlight that I did not get any compensation from Bobbi Brown to write about them and they do not entertain such things. All the opinions however good or bad are my own and I do not owe anything to Bobbi Brown. I have an excellent friend named Vandana Rana in Delhi's store and I am proud that she is a part of such an amazing brand. So kindly refrain from any sorts of opinions. Even the products featured in the post were purchased by me by my own money.

Now follow some honest opinions about the store, my views on the customer service and of course the little haul that I managed to make. Do keep reading............


Friday, March 6, 2015

Model Makeup - Natural Glowing Skin with Nadya


Nadya, the gorgeous model from Morocco wanted to look stunning in the most uber-natural makeup we could possibly do. Thence photographer Bhawana Verma shot her in a sunkissed flush and absolutely natural looking skin with all the makeup needed for photography makeup.

Lets have a look at the products used. You shall find the look details on my other blog. So lets see what all I have used to achieve this look.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Secret Fashion and Makeup Tips to Delight You Completely

You don't need to be an expert to have fantastic looking cosmetics. Anyhow, you don't need to invest hours doing it, either. When you have the skill, you'll see exactly how much cosmetics can stress your best gimmicks and conceal those that aren't as positive with just a few tips.


Here are a couple of cosmetics tips that you'll wish you had known a long, long time prior:



Use Blush:
So as to apply blush where it will be most complimenting on you, first focus your face shape. Try different colours, as well as shapes that characterize your cheek bones. The way you apply the blush can emphasize your best peculiarities furthermore relax those that are maybe excessively conspicuous.

Use Eye Stencils:
This flighty beauty tool will help guide you when applying eye liner and shadows, particularly in case you're striving for an additionally bold look. It will likewise help you accomplish an even and adjusted look for both eyes.


Use Highlights:
The situation of highlights is imperative when attempting to make characteristically excellent eye cosmetics. Your lighter hues ought to be connected in the internal corners, the center of the eye, and just under your forehead bone. Apply your lightest hues in the first place, and afterward proceed onward to your darker shades.

Don’t use clumsy mascara:
Let's face it; this happens to each container of mascara over the long haul. The issue is it dries out and afterward begins to structure ugly protuberances. To help keep this, don't pump your mascara attempting to get all the more on your wand; you're fundamentally pumping air into the tube making it dry out considerably faster than usual.
In spite of the fact that mascara ought to be supplanted each 3 to 4 months, just make sure you supplant yours much sooner simply in light of the fact that it dries out so quick and makes undesirable results. Anyway, there's a simple fix for that! Include a drop or two any brand of eye drops into the tube and afterwards rub the wand around inside. The Visine diminishes the mascara fluid, making it apply as though it were a fresh out of the box new tube!

Exfoliate your lips:
Utilize a child toothbrush to peel your lips. To truly take care of business, you can make a custom made lip peel with sugar and coconut oil, or simpler however not as compelling, cover your lips in lip medicine or vaseline before cleaning.

Shape your eyes:
As critical as your shading decisions seem to be, the situation of your shadows and liners is generally as basic; you can make pretty much any shape that you need. With watchful positioning, you can make your eyes seem more extensive, more conspicuous, deeper, and so on.


Illusion of a bigger eye:
If you don't officially own a white make up pencil, this is the right time to purchase it just for this straightforward advice. As opposed to covering your water line with dim eyeliner, utilize a white pencil to make the dream of a bigger eye.

Eyeshadows:
Have you ever obtained an energetic shading of eye shadow that once used makes you look bad. The way to making those hues pop is a white base. Utilize a white eyeliner and spread your whole lot before applying the shading of your decision.

Make your lips look bigger:
Presently, there are a couple of tricks to make your lips bigger, yet for a more sensational impact, don't be reluctant to line your lips only outside of your common line. Trust me you would prefer not to resemble a jokester by over doing it!




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Till then,

Ciao

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Model Makeup - Beauty Look on Sahar


(Photography by Bhawana Verma)

It was great fun working with photographer Bhawana Verma and super hairstylist Marcello Pedrozo of TOABH model management to do this look on uber-beautiful Moroccan model Sahar El Maataoui.
This is a beauty look with a bit of artsy touch to it and compliments the natural beauty of the model. I have used soft metallics to accentuate the eyes further more but seeing to that the colors are still softer and natural looking.

Here's the list of products I used. Do not forget to keep a tab on how to achieve this look on my sister blog by clicking HERE. (Coming soon)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy days.....


(Makeup pell mell for one shoot)

I apologize to all and all for not being to update my blog. I know many of you may have forgotten that this blog exists...at least Google hasn't because they send me many ways to revive and resurrect my blog..LOL. Its been a great beginning and I have been incessantly busy working on photoshoots, bridals and even a bit of television. I happened to work with a famous TV personality Aashka Goradia and the little fame and uncountable happiness that I got from the jobs is just awesome (this is not a regular word in my dictionary). Aashka is a phenomenal talent and a very beautiful soul with immense knowledge. Btw for those who may not know, she is a 'financial advisor' for CNBC channel and its a true blessing to work with her.

I also got to work for a couple of magazines viz. Gr8 magazine (where I did the coverpage makeup for Aashka Goradia), Mandate Magazine (where I did makeup for three international models who shall be posing with the actor Randeep Hooda) and a look book for Man's World Magazine. So things have been working nicely and I am doing works back to back.

I also worked on a few bridal makeups and churned out some really glamorous brides....a bit shout out to my friends Nandita and Cherry for being one of my best brides for 2015.

In the subsequent posts I shall be writing some looks that I did on models and from the pictures uploaded on Instagram. Please do support me and follow my blog and please take out a minute of your life to comment on posts. Its a greater motivational tool and I would really appreciate if you support.

Thanks a lot.......And do keep reading. I shall be a mushroom (popping occasionally on my blog) but I promise to do some nice stuff too whenever the time permits and Titan God Kronus (who controls time) is happy.

Till then,

Ciao

Please do not copy any pictures or content of Beauty Traveller without prior permission. Thanks for reading my blog. I don't give 100% on the authenticity of the content here and it is subject to change without prior notice. Please read the disclaimer for any questions.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Beauty Reporter - January 2015

Happy New Year to all my amazing makeup friends all over the world. Its a new beginning of another beautiful year and this is how we advance in makeup. When it comes to the world of beauty, its a never ending journey. On this never ending journey one gets to know many many things and its always fun to stay updated and then one fine day, splurge all the money that you can possibly save on grabbing those coveted products....Thats how the life passes..LOL

In this article, I am going to talk about the latest things that interest me and possibly intrigue me to make a list. These items are from US and then there will be some from international websites that do ship products to India. So let it be a mish mash of all of that.


  • First and foremost, HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS to our most favorite LISA ELDRIDGE who is announced as the new Global Artistic Director for LANCOME. I wouldn't love Lancome more than this now. She is going to be the one behind their amazing limited editions and I am so looking forward to know whats coming next. BTW Lisa Eldridge does a lot of work with Kate Winslet and her ads for Lancome are really amazing.
  • Samantha Chapman, another Youtube Fame and my favorite makeup artist has launched some makeup brushes that at a perfect fit for professionals. The collection is called BOLD METALS and is a 'capsule' collection for some state of the art brushes that are best for pro makeup artists. On a premium price range, I believe these brushes would do a phenomenal job. Their regular line of brushes is phenomenal too so I think thats a great addition. 
  • I am eyeing the Naked on the Run palette by Urban Decay since a while. A wholesome palette as it looks (with an added eye liner pencil, full size mascara, eyeshadows, blush, bronzer etc) its a perfect addition to make some bedazzling looks on the go. If you are a makeup artist who cannot carry too many products, then you are the perfect candidate for Urban Decay products. I so wish some one had gifted me the Naked Vault. But its ok. Btw it this Naked on the Run was sold on Beautybay and it happens to be out of stock, so do keep a watch.
Urban Decay - Naked On The Run
  • On their website, Illamasqua does have a sale that grabbed my attention. I specifically liked the Facet palettes in Semblance and Aura as palettes attract me the most. They do have FREE international shipping on 50 GBP and above purchase and these palettes are for 50% off. Some more things to watch for are Gleam in Supernatural, Liquid Metals in Solstice and Resolute and the Liquid metal palette with some of the most amazing metallic finishes and accent eyeshadows ever.
  • With luxury brands popping up like mushrooms, Gucci the Makeup is the newest line to watch for. They make products that are luxurious and yet effortless and have a broad spectrum collection with something for everyone. As Creative Director of Gucci, Frida Giannini calls their beauty line to be an extension of their fashion line, I believe Pat McGrath did create another iconic brand (after creating brands like Armani Beauty, Dolce Gabbana the Makeup and many more).
  • Some Sephora new launches that did not go unnoticed....

Estée Lauder - Double Wear Maximum Cover


Smashbox - Photo Filter Powder Foundation


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Pro

CLINIQUE - All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette

Kat Von D - Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox - Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water


BECCA - Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette


SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE - Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette

Dior - 5-Colour Eyeshadow


SEPHORA COLLECTION - SU Easel Brush Set


SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE - Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

Koh Gen Do - Cheek Color


And the list ends here. These are my favorite for January 2015. Do let me know which ones are yours and which products are the 'must buys' in the comments section. 

Have a wonderful and creative new year. There are many more posts on their way and I shall try to update as much as I can.



Till then,

Ciao

Please do not copy any pictures or content of Beauty Traveller without prior permission. Thanks for reading my blog. I don't give 100% on the authenticity of the content here and it is subject to change without prior notice. Please read the disclaimer for any questions.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Instagram POST - Bridal Makeup - Shreya



Sorry for the long missing in action times and really running around schedules that made me ignore Beauty Traveller for a long time. I am trying to make some Instagram posts again to keep the spirit of the blog alive and then shall get into full on writing as soon as I permit some free time.

Yesterday's bride was an amazing challenge. One of the main reasons being, we had never done a makeup or hair trial before. Shreya is a chilled management graduate with a lucrative French job and really cool headed and calmer than calm. Its a boon to have someone like this who is so level headed and open for creativity. She is a die hard Deepika Padukone follower and wanted us to incorporate a nuance of her in the Maharashtrian wedding that was about to happen.

The hair was an amazing piece de resistance and I shall share more pics of the hairstyling too. Of course, since the makeup was done by me, I happened to click some quick pictures on my Blackberry and post them on Instagram and Facebook and other social media sites. Lets see how to achieve this look in some quick and easy steps....

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review : Kryolan Lip N Cheek in Poppy


After reviewing those incredible PR samples of Kryolan Lip N Cheek, my mind compelled me to go and get other shades too. Unfortunately a lot of them happen to be out of stock but I was lucky enough to lay my hands on Amaryllis, Dahlia and a very beautiful deep tangerine shade called Poppy. 

Lip N Cheek are very versatile products and more than a regular lip and cheek stain which other brands make. These are seriously waterproof and do not budge at all. The color intensity is phenomenal and trust me, a little goes a long way literally. 

Lets have a quick look..............

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Intense Smokey Eyes


I wanted to do some 3 Dimensional smokey eyes and what a better time to do than Navratri (festival of Goddess Durga). Let this be an inspiration for someone who wants to sport an alluring makeup on this day and look pretty. Also this is one the inspirations for Fall 2014 which is almost on its way to Winters.


I have used the scintillating Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette to create this look. Unfortunately I did not shoot a tutorial since this was a practice makeup for a client the next day. Lets see the products used to get a complete look while the tutorial shall be done in my sister blog HERE.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Review : BH cosmetics Special Occasion Palette


The name of this palette is so apt. Its indeed a special occasion palette.............I had to buy the BH cosmetics Special Occasion Palette as a future replacement of my favorite Jenni Rivera palette, which they have discontinued and its also an unfortunate early demise of Jenni. The eyeshadows in this palette are amazingly pigmented and the blushes are so ethereal, making this a go-to palette for makeup jobs and when I need everything together and yet not carry a lot of products.
The colors in the special occasion palette are ever so alluring and can be used to create a subtle neutral day look and then add scintillating touches to make it a smokey evening glamour. So much and more to say about this amazing palette.............

Lets have a look...........

Monday, September 8, 2014

Down the Memory Lane.......

(Lord Ganesha in his several forms)

Two and half years pass today while it marks the 2nd Birthday of my beloved Father Mr.Shrikant Navare. Words fail to envelope the persona, the deeds, the virtues and the unfathomable heart of man who was loved by the God himself.

He was the one who taught me everything I know today. Being a commercial artist and an alumnus of the famous J J School of Arts, painting came naturally to him. He had an amazing sense of detailing and dotting down fine lines to complete a picture. His art works were an intertwining of the ancient and modern art, the conventional and the unconventional and he specialized in stills and potraits. His penchant for Gods and mythology, lead him to paint some beautiful and out of this world paintings and here's one of his works.

Apart from being a super commercial artist, he was a businessman (working against his wish for my grandfather who he loved the most), an admirer of nature (he taught us to love animals and we had deer, peacocks, rabbits, pigeons and some really funny monkeys as pets apart from our favorite breed of dogs, the German Shepherds) and he headed several cultural activities and societies in Ambernath while being the President of Natya Parishad and Sangeet Sabha, representing Ambernath. He was one of the best theatre artists I know as acting came naturally to him. He was indeed an all rounder.

(most recent picture when he was suffering from end stage kidney disease)

My daddy had to go through immense health related sufferings due to high Diabetes and an improperly diagnosed pneumonic patch in the lungs which started it all in 1991. He had to encounter a battery of invasive and non invasive tests and the suffering was endless. And the vicious cycle began. With a left sided retinal detachment, an unhealed diabetic foot ulcer, cardio myopathy with left ventricular enlargement and failure and a progressive end stage kidney disease, not one day did my father escape a near-death situation since 2006. But when someone accepts the situation as it is and instead of wailing and ailing he started enjoying the moments he had rather than waiting for what the future has to unfold. He found and paved a path of spirituality and holistic development through the famous The Art of Living which gave him the strength and endurance to pass through the immense pain his body was giving him.

When one decides to live in the present and does not tether to the past or wait for the future, he enjoys the bliss of the gift God has bestowed upon him. The gift of 'TODAY'. Thats what he followed and thats what he taught all of us. He was more than a father. He was the heart of the house. He was the life line on which me, my mother, my granny and my brother lived. He was one of the most important reasons for all of us to live and look upon. He was the force that kept us from falling apart (mentally). And today he is no more. My father has given us innumerable memories and they come back to us as vivid visuals of what a beautiful life we all had.

Today we miss Him the most. With every food item made in the house, to every place that we visit, to every road that is taken, to every little joke that is cracked, to every National Geographic program we watch,,,,,,,,,,,,he is missed. When I go through the old photographs, I realize that the 'fun' we had those days were actually going to be the memories that we shall hold forever. He left all of us with immense trauma that shall need a lot of time to heal. Today a Mother lost her most beloved son, a wife lost a noble and caring husband, his sons lost a very very loving, caring and talented father while his countless friends lost a friend who ruled their hearts.

Wish you a very very Happy Birthday Daddy. You are an angel and you are somewhere there watching all of us. Miss you Daddy.....I wish we had spent one more day with you...

Till then,

Ciao

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