How I Get Ready For A South Asian Wedding Event

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I open my closet and start pulling out outfits that make me look like Priyanka Chopra in my head…cuz you know ain’t nobody like a desi girl.

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It’s time to game plan. There are different types of outfits one can wear when going to a South Asian wedding event. If I know the bride/groom personally, then you best know that I’ll be rocking that lehenga or glitzy saree. If I’m a plus one for my parents (yes, it’s a thing), then I’ll taper the look down in a kameez or a glam saree.

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Once I’ve chosen at least 3 outfits as options, I’m going to start taking MySpace-esque mirror selfies to see which one looks the bombdotcom…because….hello Instagram?

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…and I’ll send them to my most trusted squad members….because the squad has to approve right? Also, they’ll most likely tell me if I’m too scandalous #noscandalizedauntieszone

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Outfit done. Time to get my makeup on. Popular to contrary belief, I rarely know what makeup look I’m going for. Almost always, I’ll pick the lipstick I want to use and base my whole look around that.

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Daaang, makeup did. Now to get my hair did…cue the Beyonce playlist now…#feelingmyself.

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Hair did. Face beat. Now for the bling. For me, it’s all about the glitz…because I’m that extra.

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Time to Instagram…it’s about that #OOTD life.

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And now I’m ready to get into the car and head to the event! Peace out! See you in the next post! x

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My Skincare Routine

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Morning Skincare

  1. Clinique 3 Step: Cleanser, Toner & Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel in that order.
  2. Tarte’s Tarteguard: I’m like on my third bottle now and I can’t stress enough how important it is to use sunscreen for your face everyday…no matter the season!
  3. Origins’ Ginzing Eye Cream: Coffee for your under eyes. No joke.
  4. Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub: This is such an interesting lip balm. It’s got sugar bits that literally melt on your lips keeping them soft! Perfect base for using liquid lipsticks (which are my go to for the work week).
  5. If I have a pimple or some sort of breakout, I’ll use the Clean and Clear Advantage spot treatment.
  6. Clinque Pep Start: I love using this before I apply makeup or even on its own because it legit blurs all the pores on my face!

Night Time Skincare

  1. Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser: I swear by this cleanser at night because it really cleans out my skin without damaging or drying it out.
  2. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: I’ve been using this for years and I can’t seem to stop.
  3. Currently I’m alternating between Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum and Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. Both are great, both do different things for my skin…so it really comes down to how I feel on the night of. If I want a radiance boost or my skin is super dull looking, then I’ll go with the radiance serum otherwise I’m always using the Estee Lauder.
  4. Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Eye Cream: This makes my under eye area feel super awesome the next morning!
  5. Clinique Moisture Surge Gel: If my skin is feeling extra dry or I’ve used like every makeup product I own on my face, then I’ll use this. It adds hydration to my skin instantly!
  6. One a week, I’ll use Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask to add back any hydration I’ve lost during the week!
  7. Lush’s Honey Lip Scrub: Again, because I use liquid lipstick so much…I feel like I need to use a lip scrub once every 3 days.
  8. Dior’s Creme De Rose: I apply this to my lips right before I go to sleep!

 

My Favourite Contour Palettes

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I will be the first one to admit that I cannot contour properly. You’ll always find me making fishy faces or staring at my Instagram feed trying to figure out how to perfectly contour. But what I will say is these 5 palettes have helped me big time. I know I’m SO late to the contouring game (but honestly, who FOLLOWS trends right? It’s all about making them) but here are 5 of my favourite contour palettes that work best for a novice like me!

  1. Sleek Makeup’s Cream Contour Kit in Medium: I picked this up at Ulta and I am in love with how simple and easy it is to use. It’s also the cheapest palette out of these and my wallet cannot be any happier!
  2. Urban Decay’s Shape Shifter in Medium Dark: This impulse buy ended up being one of my favourite UD purchases in a long time. This is perfect for travel because it has both cream and powder contour shades plus a gorgeous highlight shade!
  3. Kat Von D’s Shade+Light Palette: This is the holy grail of contour products. These powders feel like butter and blend perfectly on your skin. You can also use the lighter shades to bake!
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Medium to Tan: This was one of my first ever contour palettes I had ever purchased and I always go back to it. I love that it’s buildable and perfect for my skin tone!
  5. NARS Contour Blush in Paloma: This one is my favourite for everyday mainly because it’s super simple to use and it looks like I contoured without even trying (that’s how you’re supposed to rock this trend right? lolz).

 

Review: Bumble and Bumble’s BB. Thickening Hairspray

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What is it: When I came across this product, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A setting spray that adds volume to your hair instantly? Count me in! This hairspray, for all hair types, lifts and holds your hairstyle. According to its makers, it can be used for blow-drying, setting, protecting from heat, adding volume, controlling, and finishing any style! You can use it on its own or you can pair it up with different hair products.

How I use it: After I get out of the shower, I leave my hair in a towel for about 20 minutes…to dry off any excess water. Then I use spray this evenly throughout my hair (while damp) making sure I get it on my roots more because obviously that’s where I want my hair to lift (lol). Once I’ve done that, I use a round brush and blow dry my hair. Once I’m done, I lightly spray this to set everything.

The Good: OKAY. DO YOU WANT MANAGEABLE THICK HAIR? THEN THIS IS IT. Honestly, my hair gets thicker whenever I use this product. The volume I get with this product is insane! This is my go-to for whenever I need extra volume for big-ticket events in my life. This has NEVER failed me. I can literally feel my hair expanding (if that’s even a thing) when I’m blow drying it. I love that this mist is light and can be paired up with any other hair product. It doesn’t feel heavy and the fragrance isn’t over powering. You can pick this up at Sephora for $33 (CDN) and I guarantee you it’s worth it. Every single claim this makes is true. It’s not sticky and doesn’t make your hair crunchy. Your hair remains soft to touch. Seriously, I can’t imagine doing my hair without using this product.

The Bad: N-O-T-H-I-N-G.

Rating: 10/10

Best Dressed At The Emmys 2017

Here are my favourite looks from The Emmys this year!

Jessica Biel69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ArrivalsSparkly gowns are always a hit on the carpet!

Gina Rodriguez  69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2017 AHH! The beading, the colour and the hair…so gorgeous!

Viola Davis69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2017  Simple and sweet, perfect way to grace the red carpet!

Felicity Huffman69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2017   I just love everything about this.

Jane Fonda69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2017  Flawless.

Thandie NewtonThandie NewtonLove how simple and elegant this gown is!

Claire FoyClaire FoyThe Queen would be proud!

Reese Witherspoon69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ArrivalsAhh! Chic-galore.

Nicole Kidman69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2017The style of this dress is beautiful on Nicole!

Evan Rachel WoodEvan Rachel Wood.  I want this outfit for myself!

(Images courtesy of People.com & The Hollywood Life)

Review: Lush Lip Scrub In Honey

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Whenever I walk into a Lush store, I’m overwhelmed with excitement! Although, I will be the first one to admit that I didn’t know much about Lush until a friend urged me to go and check out their soaps. Once I went inside, I was intrigued with everything these natural/handmade/organic products had to offer. This particular product had been on my list to try out and boy am I glad I did.

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What is it: This is a handmade lip scrub. I picked up the Honey flavour because it smelled oh so yummy. This pot is filled with castor sugar crystals mixed in with honey, white chocolate (yes you read that right), vanilla and jojoba oil as well as tingly mint. It’s  meant to flake all the dead & dry skin off your lips while leaving them super soft and smooth.

How it works: This isn’t just your average lip scrub. Nope. Not at all. It’s edible. Seriously. I mean you can’t eat it in spoonfuls but you can def lick the excess off your lips (it says so on the bottle, I’m not making this up). This is probably because all the products used in this are natural. With a Q-tip (you can use your fingers too), I take a pea size amount and apply it to my lips. Depending on the severity of my lips (winter is brutal), I either use the Q tip or my lips to spread the sugar crystals around to “flake” off the dead skin. The best thing about this product is there’s no need to rinse…you just lick your lips off (LOL)….or you can apply lip balm after…whatever floats your boat.

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The Good: I love the size of this product. You get so much in a tiny pot and you don’t even need to use a lot of the product. The texture of this product is pretty good. The sugar crystals don’t melt upon touch and stays in tact on your lips until you begin to “scrub”. It’s super gentle, which is a HUGE plus point especially for sensitive lips. It’s really easy to work with and there’s no fallout. Although the product is edible, I haven’t tried to eat it nor have I licked it despite it smelling oh so good! The scrub did what it said it would do, which is good!

The Bad: With everything being said…unfortunately, this wasn’t like a life changing product for my lips. It’s nice, don’t get me wrong, but I felt like it was pretty average. After I took off the lip scrub, my lips weren’t over the top moisturized and I definitely had to apply lip balm…but that was literally the only downside to it. Nonetheless, this isn’t a horrible product at all. The price of this is $10.95(CDN) and you can pick it up at any Lush store or online.

Rating: 7.5/10

Review: NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment (02), Ruffle Trim (04), & Exotic (12)

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NYX is slowly starting to become my go-to brand for my everyday makeup looks. Not only is the brand ridiculously affordable, it also offers a diverse range of products, colours and finishes (which is a plus point for every makeup junkie). When I went into the store and swatched some of the colours from the NYX Lip Lingerie line I was stunned at the quality of product for its price! To me, this range of lippies are all nude shades that can suit any and every skintone (woohoo!).

What is it: NYX’s Lip Lingerie line are a range of matte liquid lipsticks that have incredible colour pay off while moisturizing your lips. It’s long-lasting and the shades range from super light nudes to super dark nudes. I picked up three shades called Exotic, Embellishment and Ruffle Trim. Although, I wanted to pick up more…I realized that these three shades were super unique compared to what I had already owned. Exotic is a pretty flesh-tone pink nude. Embellishment is a purpley mauve and Ruffle Trim is a light dusty rose (so pretty). The packaging is cute and pretty average as well as the applicator is a flatter blush.

(From Top to Bottom: Ruffle Trip, Embellishment, Exotic)

The Good: OH. EM. G. I am in love. And I know if you’re an avid reader of this blog (thank you!), you know that liquid lipsticks are literally my domain. I’ve tried most of them out there and every time I’m either extremely impressed or extremely disappointed. And this particular range extremely impressed me. These shades are probably my most used liquid lipsticks to right now. This is mainly because not only can you rock these during your dolled up days but you can also rock these on its own on a no makeup day and still look great while remaining sublte! The formula of these liquid lippies are amazing. It feels creamy/moussey when you first apply but it dries super quick to a matte finish. It’s moisturizing and doesn’t leave your lips looking flakey at all. The colour pay off is incredible. You can wear these alone or pair them with other lipsticks to create unique to you shades (bonus!). It’s not greasy despite being creamy and I love how nice it looked on my lips. The longevity of this product is good. During a full work day, I had to reapply it only once…which is not bad at all! The highlight of this product is its incredibly affordable price. At $9(CDN), you are getting MORE than your money’s worth and I’m totally happy with that!

The Bad: Nothing. Nothing at all.

Overall Rating: 10/10