Holiday Beauty Part 2: Sephora by OPI Nail Colour Drying Drops

This is an absolute must-have. No matter what product I've used to speed up drying my nail polish, I always end up with at least one nail with my fingerprint on it. While I strongly believe this would make me a great candidate to be the victim in a CSI-episode, I'm not sure how attractive it is to advertise my identity this way. However, I've discovered Sephora by OPI Nail Colour Drying Drops. For all you that don't have the patience level required to actually give yourselves a nice manicure or pedicure, this is a godsend.

I admit it, I'm impatient. I can't stand to sit around and wait for my manicure to dry. It's the beauty equivalent of watching paint on walls dry. Highly un-fascinating. And since my left index finger was missing a nail at my wedding, the beauty powers that be felt pity on me and allowed me to discover this.

The nail drying solution comes in a small bottle with a dropper cap included. The instructions say to apply a drop on each nail 60 seconds after applying the topcoat. I followed the instructions, not knowing what to expect. After all, I always apply a base coat, two coats of polish, and a topcoat. I wasn't actually expecting the miracle I got.

Within five minutes, my nail colour was actually hardened and I could move about without fear of ruining my manicure. In fact, my polish was hardened enough for me to type, start folding my laundry, and apply cream to my face. All in all, an amazing feat that no speed drying top coat has been able to accomplish on its own.

I might be selling this too much here, but the Sephora by OPI Nail Colour Drying Drops has changed my life. Giving myself manicures is now a much quick indulgence.

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Beauty Confession: I'm a Twihard of sorts (SCREAM), So Some Products Used in New Moon

It hurts to admit this, but I'm a twilight fan. I don't think vampires should be so... vegetarian. I like them a bit more sinister like in the Sookie Stackhouse novels, but I love the twilight series nonetheless (I once almost missed a flight because I was so engrossed on Breaking Dawn). For all those who judge me for this, sticks and stones my friends...

Anyways, here's a little tid bit I got sent on Dermalogica and New Moon.

From Norma Hill-Patton, Makeup Designer for Twilight: New Moon
All of the Actors required a LOT of make up & it was on their faces for long periods of time, so we needed to take particular care of their skins. Vampires don't perspire, don't grow facial hair, don't get lines & certainly don’t get BLEMISHES!

We loved Dermalogica’s Active Moist which we used on most of the Cast as it is quite universal & suits most types of skin.  The Pre Cleanse was invaluable for cleansing off the body make up, especially because we had to apply a make up fixative & it was difficult to remove. But we didn't want anything that was harsh or might induce a reaction.

The "Intensive Eye Cream" was great for keeping the fine lines around the eyes at bay. A TINY amount patted under the eye for "final checks" (on top of the make up) did wonders to diminish the lines for close ups ;)

And finally, the Shaving Regime was used on all of the guys with great success! Again, it was really important to be sympathetic to their skins as they had to have a REALLY CLOSE shave. I'm a great fan of the shaving oil and it can be used for "wet" shaves or electric shaves! We even had to shave some of them in the middle of the day to maintain the smooth look to their skin!

I also loved the Renewal Lip Complex to keep their lips smooth during the cold, windy days during exterior filming. **Perfect for those up-close kissing scenes!

In fact, we used a lot of the skin care on the entire Cast!”

From Ashley Greene, “Alice Cullen”

My daily regimen My daily makeup regime includes Dermalogica sunscreen. They also have a really great “special clearing booster” for spot treatment on blemishes.  It’s a little more involved on set with hot towel treatments and Dermalogica pre-cleanse to get all that white makeup off. We use a lot Dermalogica products…I love the Microfoliant!”

From Tinsel Corey, “Emily, the pack mother”

My daily skin regimen is a Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer. Once a week an exfoliant, and a hydrating mask. I alternate between products though, one of my favorites is Dermalogica. One of main things that also helps with my skin is taking my multi-vitamins, zinc and flaxseed oil caps.”

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Request: Kareena Kapoor's Eyeliner

I got a request on how to do Kareena Kapoor's eyeliner in Kurbaan, and so here it is. And no, do not be too shocked, I'm actually getting back on top of things (let me know what you think of the new layout).

Recommended Make-up:
  • MAC Blacktrack fluidline
  • Nars Night Clubbing eyeshadow
  • MAC Typographic

Apply a thick line of MAC Blacktrack on your top lid, from the inner corner to slightly past the outer corner. Create a very small, delicate flick with your liner. Pat Nars Nigh Clubbing on top to give the liner a bit more depth. Line your lower waterline with MAC Blacktrack. With a pencil brush or a q-tip, rim your lower lash line with MAC Typographic eyeshadow in a fairly thin line and smudge it out a bit.

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Holiday Beauty Part 1: Hide the Black Liner, Bring in the Navy

I wanted to type 'throw out the black liner' but then even I knew the absurdity of that statement. I changed that statement so that I would still be allowed entry into India.

When I was younger and practicing the art of make-up, my friend's younger sister would ask me bewildered: "What's the point of make-up if you can't tell you're wearing any." I was in high school and not allowed to wear anything and the few times I got to borrow my friends' make-up (insert eeewww noise here), I had to do it subtly. The point of this confession is that sometimes, we need to step out of the box a bit, and navy liner is something every, and I mean every, brown-eyed girl needs.

A deep, smouldering navy liner is perfect for the holidays (and upto your deathbed-trust me on this one). No brown-eyed girl should ever be without it. It makes the whites of your eyes pop and it somehow brings out gold and amber undertones to my brown eyes. And don't worry, it's subtle enough that you won't be jarred.

My favourite navy liners are:

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 3L

This is a beautiful iridescent navy pencil that stays put through a rainstorm (was wearing this once during a very bollywood moment where I was trying to be glamorous in the rain; luckily I was alone), a bit of crying after watching UP! (great movie by the way), and even a short nap. It's my go-to navy liner that I had to replace as I have worn my old one to a stub. As this is slightly more on the navy side than a blackened navy, you can always tone downt he look with black eyeliner or eyeshadow if you please.

Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Eye Definer in Dazzle

This looks as navy as the 3L pencil only it's a lot more deep and black. I would say that this is for those amongst the brown-eyed that are a bit trepidacious or are possibly in the process of writing concerned emails to me telling me that I should take one and only one of that little pill no matter how pretty it is. In all seriousness, this cream liner is great if you want that hypnotic gaze you get with navy liner without stepping too far from black. It looks more blue in the pot than it does on the skin. It also wears really well and is a great holiday/everyday essential.

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Big Hugs to Everyone for the Wonderful Wishes

Just wanted to give a big thank you to everyone for their kind wishes :).

My Reception Make-up Breakdown

So, I spent hours and hours (read days) obsessing over my wedding and reception make-up. Here's the look I did for the reception. I absolutely loved it as it was not over the top, didn't use the usual golds and burgundies, and was make-up I felt was subtly dramatic.

Make-up Used:

  • Le Blanc de Chanel used as primer
  • Chanel Teint Innocence in Wheat
  • Chanel Correcteur Perfection concealor in Beige Santal
  • Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat in #3 to highlight subtly
  • MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow
  • MAC Brun eyeshadow
  • Black Radiance Continuous Creme liner in Classic Black
  • CoverGirl Lashblash Waterproof Mascara
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Anastasia brow pencil in Brunette
  • Ardell #117 false lashes
  • Duo Lash Glue
  • Physician's Formula Bronze Booster in Medium to Dark
  • Chanel Mocha blush
  • Chanel Orientale lipstick
  • Clinique Quickliner in Root Beer
  • Lancome lip gloss in Sunray

Tools Used:
  • Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge
  • MAC 109 brush for bronzer and blush
  • MAC 214 brush
  • MAC 217 brush
  • MAC 239 brush
  • Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush

Step 1:
Prime your face with the Le Blanc de Chanel face primer. Then, apply Chanel Teint Innocence with a damp Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge.

Step 2:
Dot Chanel Correcteur Perfection concealor where you need it, e.g. undereyes, and blend with the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge.

Step 3:
Prime lids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Step 4:
Apply MAC Satin Taupe over the lid with the MAC 239 brush and bring it slightly above the crease.

Step 5:
Define your crease with MAC Brun using the MAC 217 brush. Bring the shadow above the crease so that it's a bit more dramatic. With the MAC 214 brush, apply Brun close to the top and bottom lash lines to define the eyes.

Step 6:
Line your eyes with the Black Radiance creme liner with the Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush. Start at the very inner corner and only when you are halfway across should you start making the liner thicker. Extend the eyeliner so that you get a slight wing. Liner your lower waterline.

Step 7:
Apply the Ardell false lashes with Duo lash glue.

Step 8:
Enhance your brows with the Anastasia brow pencil. Your eyes are almost complete.

Step 9:
Apply Physician's Formula Bronze Booster slightly under your cheekbones with the MAC 109 brush so that you define them.

Step 10:
Apply Chanel Mocha blush with the MAC 109 brush on the apple of the cheek and blend into the bronzer. There is no need to take the blush all the way to the temple. Just focus it primarily on the apple of the cheek so that you get a pop of colour.

Step 11:
Apply YSL Touche Eclat on your brow bone, across the top of your brows, on the bridge of your nose, on your cupid's bow, and right above the apple of the cheek. Blend the Touche Eclat so that your face is subtly highlighted.

Step 12:
Line lips with Clinique Root Beer lip liner. Fill in lips with Chanel Orientale lipstick and finish with a dab of Lancome Sunray lipgloss.

Step 13:
Your lashes will have properly adhered to yoru lids by now, so now is the time to blend them in by applying the CoverGirl Lash Blast waterproof mascara (carefully) to your top and bottom lashes.