My Diwali OOTD – A Sari With A Story

So yesterday was Diwali and I was all dolled up like thousands of women around India. This Diwali was extra special because I chose to wear a sari that has a special place in my heart. When I was a kid, my mom had a stunning peacock blue silk sari with shiny silver embroidery which I loved so much that I coaxed her to wear it on every special occasion. When I was shopping for my wedding trousseau, I spotted the exact color combination in this marvelous georgette number, and as soon as I set my eyes on it, I knew that I had to buy it to have my very own version of my mom’s sari.

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Luckily, even though I purchased this sari without trying it on, it drapes like a dream because of the light georgette material and the fabric is so easy to wear throughout the day. This is definitely the most comfortable sari that I own and the most beautiful too. I first wore this sari at a puja at my in-law’s place that was one of the rituals once I had entered their house as a new bride, which made this sari even more special for me and something that I will always cherish no matter how worn out it becomes.

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This Diwali, I paired it with some huge silver chandbalis (which I love) and kept the rest of my jewelry fairly simple because I did not want to look too overdressed even though it was a festive occasion. Since I had to sport this look from the day till the night, I went with a silver-blue eyeshadow on the lids which matches the sari without being too over the top and kept the rest of my face matte and neutral. I also tied up my hair in a low bun to make the earrings more prominent.

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So this was my look for Diwali and I was super pleased with this whole look, if I may say so myself, and can’t wait to wear this beloved sari yet again because I can’t seem to get enough of it!

What did you wear this Diwali? Also, do you have a piece of clothing that you have a sentimental bond with? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Ashtami Makeup Look | Pink Smoky Eye Makeup

Hello everyone! In continuation to yesterday’s post, today is Maha Ashtami, the 8th day of Durga Pooja and the color of the day is Pink! Since I have already published a few soft pink makeup looks on the blog already, today I created a more smoky look. So without much ado, here are a few pics of my Asthami look 🙂

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I hope you are enjoying this colorful Navratri series. I will be back tomorrow with another colorful look. Until then, have an amazing and joyous Maha Ashtami!

P.S. –  If you enjoyed this blog post then please click this link and leave a comment on the nomination page to help me win the Indian Bloggers Award!

Blush As Contour? Beauty Trends Of 2017

I recently started a series of blog posts on the beauty trends of 2017 and you guys really seemed to like my post on the Bitten Lips trend. So, here I am with the second installment of the series and today we will talk about the dramatic trend of wearing blush as contour! This trend has been spotted not only on runways but also on the red carpet where some celebrities opted for a bright blush to contour their cheeks instead of the typical brownish bronze shade. Although this is one trend that is hard to sport in the day to day life, perhaps using a rose gold blush in small amounts instead of your standard bronzer can create a softer and more feminine look. For this post, however, I went all in and chose to go with a bright pink blush from my Makeup Revolution Protection Palette in the shade Medium.

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I went into my blush with a heavy hand because I wanted to create a very vibrant look. Creating this look is very simple, you basically apply your blush where you would normally apply your bronzer on your cheeks. If you are new at this, simply suck your cheeks in and add the color in the natural dent created in your cheeks. If you go for a deep colored blush then you will be able to achieve a similar chiseled finish as provided by a bronzer but the final look will be much quirkier.

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I opted for a deep pink lip and neutral eyes (a slightly dramatic liner though) but you can go all out and go for a purple eyeshadow to create a colorful extravaganza 😛 Afterall, this look is all about having some fun with colors. Also, please don’t mind my messy hair, I was in no mood to style them on a gloomy Monday morning!

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For the above picture, I blended the blush really well to create a more wearable look that you can flaunt outside the house. What remains is a soft wash of blush that accentuates the highlighter on the cheekbones really well. Definitely a winner for the days when you want a soft look that does not include any harsh contouring. I feel that this unique trend, if executed correctly, can help replace a bronzer during the spring months, for a more florals inspired pallet.

What do you think of this beauty trend? Would you be comfortable wearing a blush as a contour shade? Let me know in the comments below!!! <3

BellaPierre Mineral Foundation – Cinnamon | Review

One makeup product that is the trickiest to apply during the summer months is foundation. Most medium to full coverage liquid foundations do not work well in hot and humid climates and end up clogging the pores. Therefore, as the temperature starts rising, I switch to mineral foundations, and the Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Foundation in the shade Cinnamon is my favorite.

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This foundation comes in the form of a finely milled loose powder. I apply it with my trusty Real Techniques brush after using a primer and cream concealer on my skin. On its own, this foundation provides a medium coverage but I still feel that I need a little concealer for my blemishes and dark circles. A primer is essential to make the powder stay in place, but for the summers you can use a lightweight moisturizer instead. The product stays on my skin for around 4 hours after which I need a touch-up. The packaging is pretty compact and you can carry it around to conceal the shine throughout the day. The tiny holes allow just the right amount of powder to make it to the exposed surface but still be cautious as the powder does tend to go everywhere.

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The shade Cinnamon is a yellow toned color that works perfectly for my skin tone. It offers a matte finish that keeps the oil at bay and lets my skin breathe even in the summer months. Spritzing a bit of rose water after applying the foundation also helps with making it sit better on the skin. I have added an image of me wearing this foundation on top of concealer for reference. It is also available in a bunch of different shades but is a bit pricey ($18 for 0.3 ounces). If you are willing to make the investment then this mineral foundation is perfect for oily skin and can cover small blemishes. If you like a more natural finish and do not want full coverage then this product is an excellent choice for daily use in the hot climate.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Bellapierre Mineral Foundation here.

Purple and Black Cut Crease Eye Makeup

I love my community of readers and really feel grateful for their wonderful ideas and recommendations for new blog posts. One of my readers from my blog on Niume recently suggested that I create a bold purple and black eye makeup look. This kind of a look is something that I wouldn’t normally wear but I love to explore things that are out of my comfort zone and challenge my creativity. So without much ado, here is the look that I created.

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This look might not be very dramatic for some of you but it is something that I would not normally create had it not been for this blog post. However, I was pretty pleased with the final result and I feel that it is quite edgy without being too over the top. For the right occasion, this makeup would look perfect with an all black ensemble.

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I used the crease and browbone shades from the Wet n Wild Petal Pusher palette for my upper lid and used the Loreal Paris Magique Eyeliner for the black cat flick. I added some of the color on my lower lash line as well and intensified it with the Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Liner in the shade Violet Pearl. On my lips, I wore the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in the shade Berry Strudel to stick to the purple theme. Few coats of your favorite mascara will bring this look together perfectly! It is quite an easy look to recreate and requires just a few products.

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I hope that you liked this look, it is something different but isn’t makeup all about having fun? Do let me know if you have any other suggestions for a look that you want me to create because I am really enjoying working on your requests!

Also, do check out my Niume profile if you haven’t already. I publish all these articles and a few other interesting posts there.

P.S. – I have added links from where you can purchase all the products, just click on the names of the products to buy them.

XoXo,

Mrinalini

Bold Party Makeup using Red Eye Shadow | Tutorial

Hey, guys. I had recently posted about the monochromatic makeup trend and had asked you if you would like to see a makeup look with red eye shadow. A bunch of you said that you would be interested in such a look, so I created it! Here is my red themed monochromatic makeup look, be warned that it is not for daily wear and possibly not for the faint hearted 😛

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I do not own a pure red eyeshadow, therefore I used a red lipstick as my eye base for this look. I went with the Maybelline Color Show Lipstick in the shade Big Apple Red and blended the color all over my lids. This acted as a base color and a primer too, thanks to its stickiness. Next, I softened the red by adding the golden shade from the Maybelline Color Sensational eye shadow palette in Topaz Gold to my inner corners and the brownish shade on my outer corners. I also used the white shade underneath my eyebrows to make them pop. Lots of blending, a bold black liner, two coats of mascara, and voila the eyelids are done! I wanted to create a more dramatic look, therefore I used the brown eyeshadow and the red lipstick underneath my waterline too and smudged it out a little bit. You can skip this step if you want a less edgy look. Here are all the products that I used for my eye makeup.

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As the eye makeup is quite fierce looking, I did not go for a bright red lipstick but a reddish nude color instead. The Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in the shade 122 Stylish is a perfect red based nude that goes with the monochromatic theme without looking too over the top.

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Here is another picture of the final look. Remember that you can easily recreate the makeup looks that you see on the internet with products that you have at hand. There is no need to invest in a red eye shadow for a makeup look that you will sport only once a year. Bronzers, blushers, and lipsticks can all work as eye shadows if you just blend them properly.

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I would reserve this look only for parties, however, you can replace the red color with a peachy coral shade for a summery look that is much more wearable. Just play around with colors and let your imagination go wild!

I hope that you liked this unusual look. Here are a few links to purchase the products that I used:

Maybelline Color Sensational Eye Shadow in Topaz Gold.

Maybelline Color Show Lipstick in Big Apple Red.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick.

Read my post about monochromatic makeup here.

See you tomorrow with another post.

XoXo,

Mrinalini

 

 

 

Full Face Using Mineral/Powder Makeup

Hey everyone, how is the weekend going? You guys are the best when it comes to providing ideas for new posts, and this one is based on a suggestion from the lovely Sanchali (check out her blog here). Sanchali requested that I write a post about creating a natural finish using mineral makeup and wanted to know what are the products readily available in India which can be used for the same. Now, I do not have a lot of mineral makeup and I am definitely not a makeup artist, therefore I did my own version of the look and have used a combination of mineral makeup and pressed powder products.

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The look that I have gone for couples nude glossy lips and brown toned eye makeup with smooth, glowing skin and a soft blush.

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Here is a step by step description of how to recreate this look:

Step 1: Prime and Conceal

There are two golden rules that you need to follow when you work with powders. The first one is that powders need a base to stick to, therefore you must moisturize and prime your skin really well. I used a very unique product as a primer today, I went with the Nivea After Shave Balm for men! You may be surprised about this but it works as a really effective primer and is so affordable.

The second golden rule is to never apply cream products on top of powders. I needed to conceal a few blemishes on my skin, therefore I applied my favorite Loreal True Match Concealer (N4-5) to my primed skin before moving on to the mineral foundation.

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Mineral foundations are typically loose powders that offer medium coverage and a smooth finish on primed skin. I used the mineral foundation from Bellapierre Cosmetics (Shade 004 Cinnamon) but you can also use the Loreal True Match Mineral Foundation. A good brush is essential for obtaining a smooth finish with powder products, I highly recommend a Real Techniques brush for this step.

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Step 3: Blush

I do not like overly pink blushes for my skin tone, therefore I mixed the blush and the bronzer shade from my Makeup Revolution Protection Palette in Medium. This combo gave a natural blush to my cheeks. Again, I used a Real Techniques brush to apply these products.

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Step 4: Eye Shadow

I wanted a soft brown look for my eyes. I first applied the True Match concealer to my lids so that the powders would adhere to the skin. I then applied the bronzer shade from my Makeup Revolution palette to the whole lid and added a layer of the highlighter shade from the same palette, for a little bit of shimmer. I then created a brown eyeliner by using a wet brush to apply the dark brown shade from my Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette to the lash line.

 

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Step 5: Lips and Lashes

Powder products can look a little flat, so I used a lip gloss to add some shine to the face. On my lips I applied the Loreal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss in the shade 110 I Got The Power. To add a little bit of length to my lashes, I used the Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara (Waterproof). I also added a thin line of the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal in Black to my waterline but completely forgot to take a picture of the product.

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Step 6: Finishing Spray

This is the most important step if you want to get a glowing and natural finish with mineral/powder makeup. To prevent your skin from looking dry or cakey, use liberal amounts of a setting spray or facial mist. I have used the Loreal Paris Infallible Setting Spray but you can use any facial spray that you have at hand. This last step makes the makeup blend into the skin and gives a healthy shine to the face.

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And that is it! It may seem a little lengthy but the actual application took me only 15 minutes. I am also linking all the products so that you can purchase whatever you like, however, you can easily recreate this look with any similar products that are available. Just remember the two golden rules and invest in good makeup brushes and a setting spray.

XoXo,

Mrinalini

 

 

My love for Monochromatic Makeup

Hi guys! Thank God it’s Friday 🙂

Today I wanted to talk about a makeup trend that I really love, which is the monochromatic makeup trend. Basically what this means is that you follow the same color theme for both your eyes and your lips. The colors don’t need to be exactly similar but should belong to the same color family. For example, pink eyeshadow and nude pink lips, like I chose for my Valentine’s day look:

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Or this bright red lipstick and soft red eyeshadow look. (Sorry about the picture quality, I took this photo with my phone in poor lighting)

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I really enjoy playing with different shades of the same color all over my face. The red eyeshadow look is something that many people do not like but I simply adore. The look in this picture was one I created randomly but then liked so much that I had to share it with you. In case any of you are interested in a red monochromatic look then do let me know in the comments below, I will definitely dedicate a post to it with better pictures!

Do enter my giveaway to win a Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick and a Maybelline Color Sensational Eye Shadow Palette. Giveaway closes in 1 week!

 

Soft Pink Makeup Look for Valentine’s Day

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I always prefer to go for a pink and floral themed outfit. This look, however, is also perfect for any date in the daytime or a brunch with the girls. I think that the slight hint of green in the makeup adds a special touch and pairs really well with the shades of pink.

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This look is very easy to recreate with basic products and would go well with pastel colored dresses if you tweak the shades as per your outfit.

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I do not like to spend too much time on getting ready, so I usually opt for a simple look like this.

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These are the products that I used on my face today-

1. Foundation – Loreal Infallible 24H Foundation in the shade 250-Radiant Sand.

2. Concealer – Loreal True Match Concealer in the shade Light-Medium

3. Eyeshadow – Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush in Fresh Coral & the light green shade from the Rimmel Comfort Zone Palette.

4. Eyeliner + Waterline – NYX Eye Pencil in the shade 909 – Vert

5. Mascara – The Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara

5. Lips – Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in the shade 225 – Sultry

6. A touch of bronzer from the Makeup Revolution Protection Palette in the shade medium.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day and what are you going to wear?