Off-Duty Model Style

Hey guys!

So lately, I’ve been getting some major inspiration from some of my favorite models. Bella and Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Miranda Kerr, Cara Delevigne, Lily Aldridge… the list goes on and on. Their off-duty style, in particular. Somehow, they still manage to look like goddesses, even in a pair of sweatpants. And on the other hand, us mortals spend hours perfecting that “I-just-got-out-of-bed-and woke-up-looking-flawless” look. And when that doesn’t work out, we throw on some jeans and a t-shirt, swipe on some lipstick, and hope for the best.

To ensure that you’re never faced with such a conundrum again, I thought I’d break down the off-duty model look for you guys! I picked out some key trends that you can incorporate into your look, for the days when you don’t want to spend too much time fixing yourself up and still look fresh and en vogue.

The make-up is simple- concealer, mascara, cream blush, and a swipe of the perfect nude lipstick. The key is to look fresh and awake, and less is definitely more. In fact, I had recently written a post where I spoke about how you can easily get the fresh faced look, using minimal products. You can check that out here!

For hair, beach-y waves and slicked back, high ponytails are the norm. The waves can be easily achieved using some texturizing spray, while a sleek pony requires a bit of product to tame fly-aways. And if all else fails, throw on a beanie. You can never go wrong with that, right?

Moving on to the fashion aspect of this trend, it’s very comfy-chic. It’s all about loose silhouettes on top paired with fitting bottoms, which help define the curves and bring some shape to the body. There is a lot of black and white involved as well, along with a lot of plaid and silver jewelry which gives off a very grunge vibe. There is not a whole lot of layering involved, and most stick to a basic black and white color palette, with maybe a pop of color with an accessory to break the monotony. You’ll see a lot of cotton paired with denims and leathers, and most tend to favor boots or sneakers.

Here are a few of the looks that I absolutely love:

 

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Key trends:

  • Athi-leisure
  • One-pieces
  • Comfy footwear
  • Grunge patterns
  • Chic glasses

 

Here is how you can effortlessly get this style!

 

Off Duty Model Style

 

Which key trend is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.
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Hot or Not: Sugar Cosmetics Lash Mob Limitless Mascara

Quick Lowdown

Company Sugar Cosmetics
Product Name Lash Mob Limitless Mascara
Generic Name Mascara
Color Black
Focus Eyes
Age Group Varied
Price INR 699
Review

5/5

 

They say…

Looking for a magic wand that will transform you from Plain Jane to Queen Bee in seconds? The all-new Lash Mob Limitless Mascara from SUGAR gives you just the drama your eyes need! Whether you’re a fan of super volume or clump-free formula, we bet that your lashes will thank you once you’ve had your first date with this beauty. Creamy-textured and incredibly easy to apply, this paraben-free Mascara does a stellar job of separating, defining and combing through each lash so you’ll experience lashes like never before!

 

 I say…

My first ever purchase from Sugar Cosmetics!  I’m always on the hunt for a good mascara, simply because there are so few that really impress me. Most mascara’s are either too wet or dry, the wand is too think or thin, or maybe the formula is just way off. In fact, even the Maybelline Colossal Volum Express Mascara didn’t impress me. Don’t kill me for saying that! I know that a lot of people are loyal to that mascara, but the formula just wasn’t my favorite.

The only mascara that I’ve ever truly loved is the L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara, and it’s like my baby. I am extremely loyal to this mascara, and have repurchased it at least three times now. The wand, the formula, everything about it is just perfect! And, in my opinion, every girl must own an amazing mascara- it makes you look fresh, bright and awake in seconds, and is great for someone who doesn’t want to mess around with eyeliner or kajal everyday.

Any way, now that I’ve given you all a Miranda Priestly-esque rant about mascara’s, I’ll quickly move on to my review.

I received this product in a Fab Bag, where I had the option to pick my make-up item of choice, and I picked this mascara. Recently, I’ve been hearing some beauty bloggers talk about this brand, and I decided to check it out for myself.

So, let’s start with the packaging. Unfortunately, my mom accidentally threw the outer carton away, so I don’t have any pictures of it. Sorry! But I can tell you this: the outer packaging is very cute, and reminds me a bit of Benefit’s packaging. Coming to the mascara tube itself, it is matte black and white-very sleek looking. I love such packaging, simply because it adds a very sophisticated touch to any item.

Now, coming to the actual product- the wand is neither too short, nor too long. In fact, it’s pretty much the perfect size. It is pretty straight, and does not curve inward or have any other design to it. It is quite precise as well. All these factors really help when it comes to application, because you can apply it easily, and it chances of the wand bumping on to your eyelid or under-eye area are relatively less. The bristles run around the wand in a circular shape, and are packed together quite closely.

The formula is not too wet, not too dry. It is a bit thicker that the L’Oreal VML, and thus, I wasn’t sure of how it would apply at first. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I actually used it. It glides on perfectly onto your eyelashes, and does not clump up. Oh, and by the way, the shade is called “Black With A Bang”. And you know what, it definitely lives up to it’s name. It is one of the blackest mascara’s I’ve ever used, and that’s saying a lot, trust me! It takes about 2-3 swipes to show up and work, but when it does, it does the job beautifully.

It has no fibers in it, and thank God for that, because mascara’s with fibers are so hard to remove, especially when you have sensitive eyes like mine. For me, this mascara gives me equal parts volume and length, and that’s why I would say that it’s a really good “everyday” mascara. The mascara also gives your lashes a lift, without you having to use an eyelash curler! This came as quite a shock to me, as the wand wasn’t curved at all.

It is definitely long lasting, and is smudge-proof. It is also water-proof to some extent, but that’s fine by me, because I don’t like wearing water-proof formulas on an everyday basis. It is also really easy to remove with baby oil or make-up remover.

On the days when you have no energy to put on eyeliner, my tip is to use an eyelash curler and swipe on this mascara, and you’ll look fresh and awake in no time!

 

 

Final verdict:

I am in love with this mascara! My L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes has been my holy grail for the longest time now, and I’ve had a pretty hard time finding a mascara that compares to it. This is it, guys!

 

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My lashes before using the mascara-they are naturally a bit voluminous, but not long at all.
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My lashes after using the mascara-you can see what a world of a difference it made! And this is without the use of an eyelash curler, too!

 

Have any of you tried this mascara? Let me know about your experience in the comments below!

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Foundation Brush vs Make-Up Sponge: The Great Debate

Hey guys!

So, when I started getting interested in make-up, I turned to YouTube videos to educate myself. A simple search popped up thousands and thousands of search results, ranging from “Everyday Simple Glam”, to “My Prom Make-up”, to “Kim Kardashian Make-Up/Transformation Look”. It was very over-whelming at first, but slowly and steadily, I started to get the hang of it. From each and every binge watch session, I had one take-away, one piece of advice that all “beauty-guru’s” and make-up artists, regardless of age, gender, and geographical area gave out- your make-up tools are just as important as your make-up products. And now, after experimenting and playing around with make-up for a good two years, I can confidently say that this piece of advice is golden.

If you’re starting out in make-up, you can tend to feel a little over-whelmed when it comes to picking out your tools. I get it! There is so much available in the market today, you don’t know what, or rather how, to pick and choose.

Thus, I thought of writing a series of posts where I help all my readers select the right item, product or tool for them-whether it be in the realm of fashion or beauty. So, let’s kick off this series with one of my favorite make-up products-foundation!

Foundation is probably one of the most important things to get right. After all, it is a “base” for the rest of your make-up. I am not particularly partial to a specific type of tool- I own multiple make-up sponges and brushes both, and I use them equally. For me, it all depends on two factors- the amount of time I have to do my make-up, and the kind of finish I want. I don’t like using my fingers at all, simply because I find that it tends to be really messy, and extremely hard to blend product and obtain a non-cakey  finish with my hands. (Disclaimer: I know that a lot of people swear by their fingers to apply foundation. This is just my personal preference and opinion!)

So, on one hand, we have make-up sponges. Make-up sponges have been used for a long time now. The most common shapes that were available were square and circular sponges. And then came the tool that revolutionized make-up application-the BeautyBlender. The BeautyBlender is everyone’s baby, and rightfully so- it is easy to use, and a multi-purpose tool. You can use it to blend any and all cream or liquid products, ranging from foundation, concealer, blush, to bronzer too! And now, keeping in line with recent trends, it is the preferred tool for “baking”, or “cooking” your face too. There are all kinds of make-up sponges available in the market now, but that’s a whole different post altogether. PS-bra inserts and socks are not a good alternative for make-up sponges. I don’t care what anyone says.

A sponge gives you a flawless application, and can be used for almost everything. An egg-shaped sponge, like the BeautyBlender, can easily get into hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. It also tends to sheer out foundation a bit, because it absorbs product-it is a sponge, after all. So, stay away from the sponge if you’re a full-coverage diva like Jeffree Star. Also, they need to be replaced quite often-so it’s not very environmentally friendly.

And on the other hand, we have foundation brushes-ah yes, the good ol’ foundation brush. From the paint brush to the duo-fiber, right up to the kabuki, the foundation brush has been improved upon and varieties expanded multiple times over. It is usually the first tool make-up newbies reach for to apply foundation, simply because it is the most familiar one.

A brush is pretty much the fastest way to apply foundation. You don’t have to slap yourself in the face a hundred times to apply your foundation, as is the case with a sponge. It doesn’t sheer out foundation, and you can easily build coverage. This has a flip side, though. A brush tends to concentrate product, so remember to start out with a little bit of product and build up. You also have more control over your application, compared to a sponge. Moreover, brushes are quite versatile, and ideal for blending cream or powder products. Unfortunately, you’ve got to save up for a good brush-they’re pretty expensive. If you don’t buff properly, it can leave streaks, and if they’re cheap, stray hairs on your face as well. Not a good look.

In my make-up routine, I always tend to mix up my tools. I use a sponge for foundation (shout out to all my sheer-to-medium coverage beauties!), brush for concealer and powder, and then I grab my sponge again to bake. So, there is no clear winner-different tools are great for different products. It all comes down to personal preference!

Here is a little cheat sheet I created , for a quick lowdown:

 

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What is your favorite make-up application tool? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hot or Not- Makeup Revolution Pro Illuminate Highlighter

Quick Lowdown

Company Makeup Revolution London
Product Name Pro Illuminate
Generic Name Highlighter
Color Beige, with Golden undertones
Focus Face
Age Group Varied
Price INR 850
Review

4.9/5

 I say…

My first ever purchase from Makeup Revolution!

So, I purchased this highlighter nearing the end of 2016, which has pretty much been the year of highlighters that can be seen from outer space. Of course, since I follow an abnormally large amount of beauty vloggers, I knew the year’s favorites- Champagne Pop, ABH Glow Kits, Too Faced Candlelight Glow… the list goes on and on. One thing that all these highlighters have in common, though?

A) They are pretty damn expensive

B) They are not very easily available in India

C) I, being a college student, don’t have the time or the funds to procure them

And lo and behold, killing time on nykaa.com one day, I came across this highlighter. A quick Google search showed hardly any reviews, which meant that it was relatively new on the market. So, was it a hidden gem?

So after putting the highlighter to test for about a month now, the answer is- yes, and I absolutely loved this product! I, for one, HATE chunky, glittery highlighters, and this was the complete opposite- finely milled and smooth. It is ideal for medium to tan skin tones, and if you have yellow undertones, then it’s a total win for you! This lasts all day on me, and doesn’t move around on my face. It is super build-able, so you can give yourself a light dusting on the cheekbones for a glow-from-within, or amp it up so high that NASA satellites can spot it. It suits all skin types, in my opinion.

In terms of usage, I would recommend that you use a fan brush to apply it, rather than a dense highlighter brush, because it’s quite easy to get carried away with this product. The only minor complaint that I have is that you have to blend it in well, otherwise it has a tendency to look like a white stripe if you apply a lot. But that’s alright, because let’s be honest- blending is my cardio!

Another plus point is the pan size- it is HUGE. And I mean, HUGE. It matches up to the size of my palm. Yes. You read that right. Even with daily usage, it’ll probably take me a long, long time to finish off this product.

 

Final Verdict:

It is an absolutely great product, and my current favorite highlighter. Definite repurchase (if I ever do finish it).

 

Dupe:

It is almost an exact dupe for the Mary Lou-Manizer by TheBalm. Almost.

 

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I love the design on the top-it just adds a little something extra

 

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L: one swipe, R: two swipes. As you can see, it’s super pigmented and very build-able
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*casually* showing off my highlight. It shows up beautifully in pictures!

 

The Grown-Up, Posh Goth Look

At the not-so-tender age of fifteen, I was going through the typical teenage angst and rebellion (which has now just turned into plain disdain for most people) and looking for my identity, as we all are. And then, one summer afternoon, when I clicked on a YouTube link that my friend sent me, I was introduced to the world of metal music. Needless to say, I had found my identity, right then and there. Call me a cliche, but that music spoke to my angry, confused soul in a way no one ever had. And so, within a short span of time, I found myself completely immersed in the genre and soon, it’s fashion, beauty and aesthetics too. I made sure to never leave the house without raccoon eyes and half my hair covering my face, a disdainful expression for the world, and layers and layers of uncoordinated black clothing items. I started learning how to play the drums, blasted death metal and begged my mom for a tattoo. You know, typical teenager stuff.

Over the years, I started gaining interest in make-up and fashion. I learnt how to perfect a winged liner, artfully execute a contour that slays, and over-line my lips just the right amount. I read Vogue like it was my Bible, and learnt to stay away from clashing prints and never show my Crocs the light of the day. Or night. Basically, never wear them. You get the idea.

And so, like a baby Charmander eventually evolving into Charizard, I finally found my style: the grown up, everyday posh goth. My eyeliner is thick enough to smolder, but my wings are sharp enough to cut those who cross me. My clothes are pretty much all black-to reflect my dark soul, of course- but styled in a way that they are on-trend and on-point, with just right pops of color.My glasses are black reflectors, but aviators, of course- the quintessential cool girl sunglasses. My bag is brown and red-very steampunk goth- but also has a little brand name called Coach emblazoned on it. I don’t particularly follow a certain style of goth. If I really needed to label it, I’d have to say that I lean towards nu-goth/posh goth, more than anything.

Recently, this style has been taking over, both on and off the runways. Basically, the idea is to wear lots of black and look hardcore- but fashionably, of course. And so, I decided to bring you all my version of the grown-up, everyday posh goth.

 

 

Outfit Details:

Top: Forever 21

Sunglasses: Jack and Jones

Chokers: Accessorize

Bag: Coach

Boots: Forever 21

Jacket: Lika Rulla

Pants: Promod

 

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My Everyday Makeup Favorites- Perfect for College!

Hey guys! So today I thought I’d show you the makeup products that have wiggled their way into my daily routine. I thought of doing a favorites post as well, but then I realized that all my favorite products are already incorporated into my everyday beauty routine, because, well… they’re my favorites. No surprise there.

Read on to find out which products made the cut!

primer

This E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer really fills in my pores and makes my skin so smooth! Any liquid or cream products I use on my face after applying it glide on so easily too! Love it ❤

foundation

I don’t use foundation on a daily basis, but if I am battling a pretty bad case of redness, I always reach for my L’Oreal Infallible 24H foundation in the shade 300-Amber. This is one of my favorite foundations, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore it. It matches me almost perfectly, is medium coverage, and controls oil. What more do I want in a foundation? It does set quickly, so work with it and blend it on different sections of your face one by one.

concealer

On most days, I skip foundation and go straight to spot-concealing. For concealer, I love using the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer (whew, that’s a long name!) to spot-correct. It provides a pretty great amount of coverage, and I like to use this on an everyday basis as opposed to my M.A.C. Pro Longwear Concealer, which is quite expensive. For the under-eyes, I sometimes mix it with my Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer in the shade Medium to brighten it up a bit.

powder

To set my under-eye concealer (trust me, I suffer from horrific creasing) and any other areas where I applied concealer, I use the Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Compact in the shade 05-Beige Honey. I’m going to put this out there- I do not believe in whitening products, neither do I want to lighten the color of my skin. At all. But, it works pretty damn well as a setting powder, especially for the under eyes! Why aren’t more people talking about this?

brows

Next up, brows. Thankfully, I am blessed with thick brows, and don’t really find that I need to fill them in. So, there wasn’t really a point to me investing in a proper brow pencil or pommade. And thus, I came across the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in the shade Black/Noir. Interestingly, even though it is for those of us who have black eyebrows, it’s actually a super dark brown, rather than a straight-up black. I quite like that, because in my opinion, jet black has a tendency to look too stark. I don’t use this product everyday, but when I do, I like to use the wand to shape my brows and make them look a bit more defined.

kajal

Next, for my Kajal, which is every Indian girl’s holy grail makeup product, I use the Lakme Eyeconic (ha-ha, get it?) Kajal in the shade Black. This is my all-time favorite kajal, and I’m extremely loyal to it. No other kajal has managed to beat this one for the past five years of my life. Yes, you read that right. Five.

liner

Moving on to eyeliner, I tend to stick to a gel formula because I find that the easiest to work with. Liquid eyeliner is just so… messy. I always reach for my Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in the shade 01-Black. Highly recommend, you cannot go wrong with it. It is also one of the few eyeliner formulas that doesn’t transfer on my oily eyelids. For everyday, I like to create a long and sharp wing.

mascara

And my holy grail mascara-L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Extra-Black Mascara! I use this every single day, and I stick to the non-waterproof version, of course. This is by far, hands down, the best mascara I’ve ever used. Will probably never give it up.

kiko-bronzerbutter-bronzer

For bronzer, I actually use two products. Am I extra? Well, yes. But hey, at least I own up to it! I use the Kiko Design Flower Enriched Bronzer in the shade 02-Couture Sienna as more of a contour, and then I like to go in with my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in the shade Bronzer (which smells ah-mazing) to bronze up the perimeter of my face.

blush

Now, I don’t use blush everyday, because like I said, I have rather pink cheeks. But if I feel like I look a little too dead, I reach for my Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush in the shade Creamy Cinnamon. Let me tell you something- I absolutely hate it when people put on insane amounts of blush, and that too, right on the apples of their cheeks. I feel like running up to them with a setting powder and fluffy face brush and blending it out. I quite literally have to physically stop myself from doing that in college sometimes. And so, I love this blush simply because it is so subtle and build-able, and you can’t go wrong with it. PS-I apologize for the state of my blush, as you can see, it is well-loved!

highlight

For highlighter, I like to use the Makeup Revolution Pro Illuminate Highlighter. It is pretty much an exact dupe of the Mary Lou-Manizer by The Balm. I usually use it only on my cheekbones though, because I have dry to combination skin and my nose and chin tend to get cra-oily throughout the day.

lips

And last but not the least, lips! My favorite lip balm right now is the Fruity Lip Care by Nivea. It is a great balm to use under lipsticks, and smells quite nice, too. For everyday, I tend to stick to more neutral colors. I don’t like experimenting much with lip colors, and hence, just break out a vampy red if I’m feeling adventurous. But, right now, these are the lipsticks that I usually go for. If I’m feeling a nude, I’ll go for M.A.C. Whirl, but if I want something pink, I’ll pick out the Chambor Extreme Wear Transfer-proof Liquid Lipstick in the shade 482. I always get so many compliments on this, it’s unreal. If I’m feeling something more brown-y, I’ll reach for the ColorBar Ultimate 8hrs Stay Lipstick in the shade Brown Wave, a recent purchase I’ve been loving. And for lipliner, I usually go for my M.A.C. Lip Pencil in the shade Spice. I like to slightly over-line my lips, usually more on my bottom lip.

PS-This is what the end result usually looks like!

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That’s all for today. Thank you so much for reading! x

Cheat Sheet: Taylor Momsen

 Hey guys! So if you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I live for a dark, goth aesthetic. I try to incorporate goth style and aesthetics as much as I can into my art, whether it be music, painting, fashion, beauty, or anything else, really. One of my key style icons is Taylor Momsen-you may remember her as Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl (I would love to steal her wardrobe) or you may know her better as the lead singer of the band The Pretty Reckless. So, I felt inspired and came up with a cheat sheet on how you can get her look!
Cheat Sheet-Taylor Momsen

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