Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Beauty Box: MAC Makeup Must Haves

2015 has just begun and like every new year it brings with itself a promise of a brighter future and hope that it will ‘THE’ year you have been waiting for.
For me, 2015 is many things- most importantly, it the year for me to make some serious, much needed changes. 
While I have never been a believer or follower of New Year resolutions (don’t have the will power or patience to follow it through), for me, it is more about bring gradual rather than drastic changes.
One such change is to do more beauty post. I also plan to add a few more new segments to the blog as well.
In the spirit of new beginning, I decided to start my 2015 blogging journey with a beauty (makeup, really) theme post. 

December being my birthday month, I treated myself to all things MAC. Honestly, I always want to buy out the entire store, but with a heavy heart and Herculean resisting powers, these 5 beauties made it to my final list.
Here’s why I decided to go with these five? 
Since I already have quite a few of the classics, I wanted to try the new festive collections. 
All products I choose are very versatile, can be worn during the day and night, and multi-occasion friendly.
I picked pieces from MAC’s three new collection: Heirloom Mix, The Simpsons and A Novel Romance. 
I loved how the Heirloom Mix collection had managed to cast the classic collectible in a contemporary, glittering light.
Like me, if you love to make a statement with your makeup, this collection has your name written all over it.

The pop culture junkie I am, wild horse could not keep me from buying something, if not the entire collection, from my all time fave TV show, The Simpsons collection. Especially when the collection was in honour of its 25th anniversary! 
The entire collection can be descried in Mr. Burns fave word- ‘Excellent!’

While I was pretty much sold on the name itself, A Novel Romance, a colour collection offering luscious shades that makes one feel so overwhelmed with desire that you will be seduce into buying a few pieces for sure.

Instead of going with a run-of-the-mill product review and swatches, I decided to show how you can create three distinctly different looks using products from MAC's latest collections.
Since I could not buy everything I wanted, these five are on my MAC wish list:
1. Gentrified brown with bronze pearl Fluidline from Heirloom Mix collection, INR 1,450
2. Matchmaster Concealer (from casual look), INR 1,900 
3. Modest blush, light baby salmon pink Mineralize Blush from Heirloom Mix
Collection(from flirty look), INR 2,450
4. Prunella, dark prune Eye Kohl from Heirloom Mix collection (from casual look), INR 1,450
5. Cool mauve with red frost lipglass from Viva Glam Rihanna II collection, INR 1,450

Thanks to these MAC products, I have started my New Year on a bright, colourful and glittery note.
Here's wishing you all a wonder 2015. Hope it is everything you want it to be and more.


Till then, tra-la,
Amena!!
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

New Brand On The Block: Shazé

They say God works in mysterious ways. Just when the festive and wedding season was about to reach its crescendo and I was about to run out of gifting ideas, very luckily, I was introduced to Shazé by my dear friend Aanam of What When Wear.
In celebration of What When Wear completing 3 years of blogging, Aanam had hosted a brunch soiree for us at Shazé. Along with nibbling on hors d'oeuvre and catching up on the latest gossip, I got a chance to admire as well as try out some of the beauties Shazé has to offer.

As introductions go, Shazé is a premium lifestyle and gifting brand. With stores pan India as well as online, Shazé offers a variety of luxury products to choose from.
Everything from jewellery, perfume, candle, scarves, watches, home décor and silverware can be found under one roof- making Shazé your ideal shopping destination.
One of the things I loved about Shazé is, it offers a vast variety of ready-to-wear jewellery pieces to select from. These pieces can easily be worn for a festive occasion as well as on day-to-day basis.

The event also saw the launch of Shazé’s ‘Un Occasion’ campaign. The main aim of the campaign is, to break the classic myth that jewellery shopping is occasion and festive centric only. Through the ‘Un Occasion’ campaign, Shazé wants to convey the message that you don’t need a special occasion to shop for these beauties. You can buy them year round, anytime you want.
Staying true to my trademark style of layering necklaces, for the first time ever, I experimented with pearls. Being a bling lover, pearls are a little muted for my taste. However, after my initial hesitation, I realised, if styled well, pearls can be as glamorous as stone embellished piece.
Along with the items showcased in the above images, here are a few more of my favourite pieces from Shazé’s latest collection. 
What sets Shazé apart from others is, each creation is handpicked with a keen eye on subtlety, finesse and craftsmanship. This is why you should make Shazé your go to shopping and gifting destination year round.

More on Shazé here: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

 Till then, tra-la,

Amena!!
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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Currently Coveting: #MyFabWishlist from FabAlley

It is that time of the year where you’re constantly running around from one party to next. Between office parties, birthdays and family get-togethers, you have literally exhausted your wardrobe to its maximum capacity. No matter how many clothes, accessories and shoes you have, you will eventually find yourself standing in front of your closet and moaning in misery, “I have nothing to wear!”
Thanks to the socially demanding festive season, even the staunchest of wardrobe recycler and outfit repeater will be left with no options besides indulging in some much needed retail therapy.

While most of us do not need a reason to shop, the current festive season, paired with Great Online Shopping Festival, #GOSF (10th- 12th December), this is the perfect time, plus opportunity, to treat yourself (and your loved ones) with those coveted pieces you have been lusting after forever.

In my constant search for discovering new and fashionably flexible pieces to shop, FabAlley’s latest range caught my attention. 
From on-trend to classic pieces, they always have a wide variety of products to choose.
 However, what I have always liked about FabAlley, and one of the major reasons I keep going back to it, is, their reasonable price points. 
With a few of my fave FabAlley pieces I and created four #MyFabWishlist looks.

Ever since Beyonce sang to the world, “I woke up like this”, I have been hunting for any merchandise that has these empowering words on them.
My hunt ended when I found this I Woke Up Like This Tee on FabAlley.
For a polished, neat and classy everyday look, pair the tee with a pair of well-fitted pants. Since winter and tartan go hand-in-hand, layer it with a tartan shirt. Thrown on pair of ankle boots, metallic tote and statement sunnies and you are good-to-go. From meeting to lunch dates, this look is ideal for just about any day of the week.

In a mood for a statement-making, fashion forward look? Try pairing the tee with wide grid print pants, bright colour blazer and hi-top sneakers. Up the style quotient by adding a few eye-catching baubles and be ready to be stalked by all your favourite street style photographers.

I am big on repeating my outfits. Hey, when Kate Middleton sees no shame in doing it, why not all of us. Right? 
With just a few add-on and changes, you can easily create two different looks from the very same outfit. 
A basic top and midi skirt is prefect for pretty much anything.  Add a scarf, a classic tote, crystal earrings and ballet flats and you are all set for a hectic day of running errands all day or a laid back afternoon catching up with the girls.

For a Christmas/NYE party or date night all you need to do is, up your glam quotient by adding a contrasting colour blazer and a few chunky necklaces and you are all set for a stylish night out.

Now that you know what is on #MyFabWishlist, do share with me what all FabAlley beauties would you like to fill up your closets with. With festive season in full swing, this seems about the right time to treat yourself to your dream closet. 

 Till then, tra-la,

Amena!!
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