A Quick, Low-Key Look. 5 Minutes Tops, I Promise

I know I was supposed to do a quick look for work but while that's on its way, here's a very quick look that's understated but not too boring I hope. I think it's very appropriate for an everyday look that isn't fussy but still polished.

Also, this pic was taken in India (hence the bindi) where I had my green contacts. After which, I scratched the white of my right-eye, had a doctor tell me 'you can still see right' when I repeatedly told him my vision was strangely clouded by a white haze, and had another doctor try to dig into my eye with a piece of cardboard lying on the floor. Don't worry I went to a hospital afterward and everything turned out OK, but I ditched the contacts because of this incident. And I looked demonic in real life.

Products Used:

  • Make-up Forever Full Cover Concealor. Read my raves about this stuff, it's amazing.
  • A random black eyeliner. Any pencil eyeliner will do.
  • Lancome Definicils mascara
  • Chanel Tweed Ambre blush
  • Chanel Great Copper lipstick

Tools Used:
  • MAC 129 brush to apply blush
  • Bobbi Brown concealor brush

Step 1:
Apply the Full Cover concealor where needed and blend it into your skin. Make sure the concealor matches your skin colour perfectly. I blended concealor under my eyes and around my nose.

Step 2:
Line your top lid and your lower waterline. Blend the liner on the top lid with a q-tip to create soft definition.

Step 3:
Apply mascara generously on top and bottom lashes.

Step 4:
Smile and apply the Tweed Ambre blush to the apple of your cheeks and blend outward towards the temple. Tweed Ambre is a beautiful amber and coral blush that makes olive and golden undertones glow, so less is more and start off by layering thin layer of blush.

Step 5:
Apply the Great Copper lipstick to complete the look.

Revlon's Polling on Rihanna as a Covergirl

In possibly the most tasteless beauty news on the planet, I read a report on TMZ which stated that:

"An online survey is circulating by the folks over at Harris Interactive. The survey -- which we've learned was commissioned by Revlon -- features a Covergirl commercial for mascara. It then questions people if they are aware of the person in the commercial (without saying Rihanna's name), if they've heard about her in the news lately, if they have an opinion about the person and if they feel the person is "an appropriate spokesperson" for the product. The obvious implication here -- are women pissed off that Rihanna got back with Chris Brown and therefore would be less likely to buy Covergirl products? That's what we're thinking."

This has got to be possibly the sneakiest, most underhanded marketing strategy around at this moment. Regardless of how stupid I think Rihanna is, this study has to be the most insensitive, vile thing I have heard of in a long time. I do agree with others in that CoverGirl will probably end up dropping Rihanna as their spokesperson but Revlon's study is so classless that I actually feel like making sure no Revlon product comes my way ever again. While I'm not sure how strong my resolve will actually be, I'm curious to hear your responses about this.

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Drumbeat Red, a Lipstick Marching to the Beat of my Heart

I was very excited to get a few new red lipsticks. Why? Because I can only unleash my fierce passion for all things red lipstick here on my blog. I'm currently confined to my room, sitting and writing this post with a gorgeous red shade on my lips. The moment I step out, I know I'm a target for all those with disapproving looks for my love of red lipstick. I think I heard of one person who came down with a case of hives at the sight of me wearing red lipstick but I just chalk that up to some weird evolutionary mishap where no appreciation-for-red-lipstick-gene was passed on. I digress. Here's a review of a gorgeous red shade that would look lovely on many lovely ladies.

L'Oreal's Drumbeat Red is a creamy, satin finish, blue-based red lipstick. The colour is almost a strawberry red and feels a bit vintage. This red is not for the faint of heart as it's a bright red that I could see flattering especially lighter skinned women. I know most of you will have probably already written off this lipstick but trust me, it's a high maintenance red that's worth it.

Firstly, the formula is divine. I don't know if there's some unmentioned rule that cosmetic companies adhere to regarding red lipsticks, but I usually find the formula very dry. Drumbeat Red however, is very creamy and moisturizing. I don't end up with bright fuchsia flakes on my lips that look like I contracted some mysterious disease in the Amazon. I can even skip balm with this lipstick, which is quite a feat for a red lipstick. The pigmentation could be deeper, as I have to apply a few layers to get a nice, thorough coating of lipstick on my lips. Also, as the lipstick is so creamy I also have to touch up more but I'm not really that picky about needing to touch up(touching up make-up for a beauty junkie like me is akin to asking a chocolate addict if they'd mind terribly if the could share a fresh from the oven chocolate cake with chocolate icing with you). The lipstick is not any higher maintenance than any other creamy lipsticks in an eye-catching shade.

The formula of the lipstick does have the trademark L'Oreal smell but thankfully it wears away within a few minutes. I don't believe make-up should have smell, but that's a personal issue I'm working on (I write affirmations for this everyday).

The colour is a great shade to have, it's glamorous, bold, and eye-catching. It looks show-stopping with a flick of black winged liner, lots of mascara, some highlighter on the top of the cheekbones, and hair pulled back into a high ponytail. In other words, it's a bright red that looks amazing once you get the confidence to wear it. And when you do wear it, it's the make-up equivalent of wearing a pair of shiny patent leather black boots with some serious heels that make your legs look to-die-for while everyone around you is wearing worn out flip flops with chipping pedicures.

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Brush Heaven: MAC 187

I looked back at my posts on make-up brushes and I cannot believe I haven't posted more than a grand total of, well, one. A brownie (to calm down my nerves) later, I decided in my chocolate haze to write about my favourite brushes so brace yourselves.

I know I raved about the foundation brush (and before you throw tomatoes at me, I haven't changed my mind, it is still an essential), but the MAC 187 brush is almost even more essential to my life. I know most of you will probably be opening up MAC's website and looking at the brushes and then going "she's mad" when you see the price. It's OK. It's happened before. But here's the thing, the fact that I'm a beauty junkie notwithstanding I have 3 of those. Deep breaths. There's a reason why I have so many of them.

The MAC 187 is a duo fibre brush, a skunk brush in most people's terminology, that buffs make-up beautifully into skin. I use it for foundation, powder, cream blushes, powder blushes, and highlighters. It's truly a multifunctional brush because it spreads the product in thin layers and allows you to spread the product seamlessly. This allows you to layer products without it becoming cakey. And the finish? Flawless.

In my foundation tutorial, I used the 187 to buff in foundation. The best way to do this I've found is to first stipple dots of foundation onto skin (nose, forehead, chin, cheeks...) and then buff it in a circular motion. This way you don't get any hard edges that you need to blend in. I've found that I use the least amount of foundation with the 187 brush and so I also end up with the most natural finish. I then add concealor where necessary and set with powder. I get the most natural, least made-up look with this method.

The 187 adds a wonderfully thin layer of powder as well. It works well for loose and pressed powder of all sorts. Again, it dusts the thinnest layer of powder so I don't get a dry cakey face when I use the 187 to apply. However, if you want more coverage with a powder foundation you can always add more product to get the desired coverage.

Cream Blushes
I absolutely love using my fingers for cream blushes, but the 187 is also quite useful with them. Because the 187 applies product in such thin layers you are less inclined to overdo a bright blush with this brush. I usually pick up a little product with my brush, place the majority of the product on the apple of my cheek and then blend outward to my temple. It gives a very light flush that you can build up if you want a pop of colour.

Powder Blushes
You will thank your lucky stars you got this brush when you see how beautifully it helps you apply pigmented blushes. I always use the 187 with blushes like NARS Taj Mahal, Exhibit A, Crazed, MAC Frankly Scarlet, Cargo Panama and the likes. With the 187, you can apply the thinnest veil of a pigmented blush, thereby virtually eliminating the clown-effect. I find that you can only ever bring out the beauty of pigmented blushes if you have enough control over them. Here, I will take a solemn oath to attest that the 187 transformed my blush-life. It is the only brush I use for pigmented blushes.

I know I'm one of those people who drools uncontrollably at the sight of highlighters but I don't like to be told that I should sit in another room because the light bouncing from my shiny face is blinding those around me. Like with pigmented blushes, highlighters should be applied discreetly. The 187 really allows me to stop at the point where I have glowing skin rather than sweaty, tired, and oil looking skin. For example, Bobbi Brown's shimmer bricks make me look like I'm on a glitter-induced mania if I don't use the 187. In all, it helps otherwise difficult-to-use products more accessible.

Washing and Drying
The washing instructions that I stated for the foundation brush still apply. Refer to the article if you will. The only thing I'd like to add is that the white fibers stain quite a bit. My pigmented blushes and even foundation see to tint the white fibers and I can't always get the stained effect out. I don't want to use anything harsh on my brushes so I leave it be. Eventually the fibers become more white as I wash the but it is something that I feel I should add. If someone has a magic formula they'd like to share on getting the stains out in one go, please let me know.

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Dev Patel's Look at the 81st Academy Awards

I got this in the email too and thought I'd throw it in there. Let me know if you find it useful at all.


Jeffery Paul used the Aveda Men Pure-Formance hair care line to create a simple yet architectural look with natural movement for Patel.

  • Begin by washing hair with Aveda Men Pure-Formance Shampoo and Aveda Men Pure-Formance Conditioner.
  • Work Aveda Pure-Formance Grooming Clay into hair with both hands to add shape and texture, pulling the front of hair up and bringing the sides forward. “This is hair in motion, an architectural look,” said Paul.
  • “Dev loves Aveda Pure-Formance Grooming Clay because it gives texture and hold without heavy shine. Dev’s hair already has a lot of shine to it so I wanted something lightweight and matte yet strong enough to add shape and let me really play with movement.”
  • Finish with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray to hold the look.
image source: www.daylife.com

Freida Pinto's Hair at the 81st Academy Awards

I just got an email on how to get Freida Pinto's hair at the 81st Academy Awards. Hope you like it.


Celebrity stylist, Jeffrey Paul, created a fresh and elegant red carpet hair look for Frieda Pinto. Radiant in John Galliano, Pinto’s hair is divided into three parts and twisted back into an architectural, couture flower shape on the right side of the head. “This look has a beautiful architecture; hair is twisted back into a youthful, feminine flower shape that complements Frieda’s face shape and stunning Galliano gown.” Here’s how to get Pinto’s look:

  • Start with Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Clay Conditioner.
  • Mix a cocktail of Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam and Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip. Work the product into wet hair to add texture and volume. “When creating an updo, it’s important to use products that give thickness and body,” said Paul. “Pinto’s hair already has a lot of shine. The cocktail of Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam and Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip provided just the right amount of hold, body and texture without weighing hair down.”
  • Blow dry hair back to add lift and height at the roots.
  • Create a left side part and divide hair into three sections: three quarters of hair in one section on the right and the remaining hair into two smaller sections.
  • Pull the right section of hair back into a low ponytail just behind the right ear above the nape of the neck.
  • Twist the ponytail, working Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip into hair. Wrap the ponytail around the base, creating a flower shape. Secure in place with pins.
  • Work Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip into each of the remaining sections and twist back and around the flower shape, creating a layered, rose-like effect. “The three twists flow together for beautiful movement,” said Paul.
  • Finish the look with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray.
  • Lastly, shake the head a bit to loosen up the look and provide a sense of natural movement.
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