Beauty Notes: A is for Applicator

Guys, I’m starting a brand new series on the blog called the “Beauty Notes” which will literally take you through the A to Z of all things beauty. I’m sups excited!

From products to ingredients to basic makeup jargon, consider this my very own version of “beauty for dummies”. Just a little note before I introduce A- I’m no where close to being a beauty guru or anything of the sort, however the world of beauty quite intrigues me and hey, who doesn’t want to master the art of makeup.

Psst… I doubt I’ll be joining Alicia Keys’ #NoMakeup movement anytime soon. Ok, let’s start now.

A is for applicator

What it does?
The applicator is basically a puff or sponge that is used to to apply makeup (mostly liquid) to your pretty face. It could be round, triangle or dew shaped. Also, it comes in all sizes. In this case, the smaller the better *wink*.

Best buy
So far the most popular kid on the block has been the Beautyblender that’s known to do an ace job at applying your foundation and concealer flawlessly (no more cake face here). However, there’s a new kid called Silisponge who promises to do the same thing without wasting your precious product. Not too sure if I’m ready to hangout with the new kid just yet.

How to use it
Applicators are easy to use. No special skill sets required here. Just wet the sponge a little, apply some foundation/concealer to the back of your hand or spot it onto your face and then use the applicator to dab (read: not wipe) the product flawlessly onto your face. The trick here being blend, blend and blend some more till you get a perfect coverage. And there you have it. So easy, na?

What I think
Umm… just to let you know, there are a tonne of dupes available out there which are cheaper and still get the job done. I don’t mind using those either because I’m not too keen on using the same sponge over and over despite giving it a good wash. This way, neither my heart or piggy bank break each time I throw out a sponge. And bros, whatever anyone says, sponges can’t have a shelf life longer than two months. Period.

BTW brushes count as applicators too, but since that’s quite a huge topic to cover you’ll find it in next week’s B is for brushes.

Let me know if you think of the new series. Happy weekend folks!

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Bridal Notes: Five Fabulous Jutti Brands from India

These are my wedding juttis that still make my heart do somersaults. The picture was taken by my ace wedding photographers Pixelena Studio. Such talented folks they are.

From wedding hashtags to whether the drapes should be rani pink or fuchsia pink, brides are bombarded with canon-like decisions and questions. Most times, you’d wish people would just shut up and move along, but of course being the bride, you’re slightly obsessive about anything that has to do with your big day (mercy to poor soul who asked), so any decision must be approved and tick-marked by you. While there’s a wedding hashtag generator *lol* available for you to use, other decisions toh you’ll have to either say haan ke naa to. Trust me, it gets easier and post shaadi your decision-making skills could get you a spot on TEDx.

Judge me if you want, but I recall messaging my bestie Nattu (remember her shaadi) and asking her whether I should wear heels or juttis. It did give me one sleepless night, however I had my eureka moment and the mind kicked away the heart’s love for a pair of gorgeous heels and instead urged me to opt for juttis. The reasons listed below.

1) I’m like bambi on ice when I wear heals. Not half as cute tho.
2) I wouldn’t have enjoyed my own shaadi which would have been dreadful, if my feet were sending me pain signals.
3) I’ve got fairly decent height to make others feel tiny.

So khussas/juttis it is, buuuuut where to find ’em?

When you live in Bengaluru and don’t have the courage to spend minimum 2 hour of your precious single life in traffic to go hunting for juttis, then you say hello to online shopping. Also, all the best jutti brands are mostly online.

My top picks in no particular order.

Coral Haze

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I bought my engagement juttis from here. I picked a pair of ornate gold juttis which are neutral and festive enough to wear with most indian wear. Also, the design is pretty timeless which is perfect since I believe in future planning and all. Also, who wouldn’t fall for a pair of juttis called “Gold Dust”. While the design range is superb, I like how they go the extra mile by informing you how exactly to care for your juttis. Find out here.

Also, check out their casual collection which I think is perfect for any mehendi function or just to add a little whimsy to your jeans and tee look. I lurv the buggy ride ones.

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If you’re looking to give your outfit a hint of fun on the big day, then my vote goes to NeedleDust for their adorable-meets-gorgeous juttis which have carnivals, cityscapes and chattris on them. Though the collection is comparably smaller, they’ve focused on unique designs which are a bonus any day. Quality over quantity, doston.

My absolute favourite is the “Twilight” pair that sets the perfect mood for any shaadi with its havelis and jharokhas that are beautifully embroidered in gold zari. And… they have the cutest collection of tiny juttis for the little divas-in-making.

Pastels and Pop

I’ve had my eyes on this particular pair of juttis for forever now. Psst… it’s my birthday month. Someone, anyone?

I my opinion (which could matter), I think their juttis hits the sweet spot between modern and traditional. The collection goes superbly well with tunics, jeans and kurtas alike. I’ve got eyes set on the pompom ones and also this cute “Sweetheart” pair. Predominantly, I think their whole range is perfect for the sister-of-bride and bridesmaids. Just saying.

Juttichoo

With a name like that, you’ve already got my attention. Juttichoo has a good range of juttis that’ll do for most events on your social calendar. You can opt for some modern birdy prints ones or indulge in their gorgeous diamante embellished juttis. I’m pretty kicked about the florals ones which would look kickass under palazzos and a plain kurta. My other absolute favourite is this cute “Pop Parade” pair that has these embroidered dabka puppet horses. Too cute!

Also, if it matters, celebs have been adding Juttichoos next to their Jimmy Choos. Check it out.

Fizzy Goblet

And if all other juttis don’t make the cut for you, then maybe Fizzy Goblet’s latest offering might foster some love from you. Just when you thought juttis were becoming a copy-paste, they revealed the sneaker-jutti hybrid *applause*. I think “Honey Bee Denim Sneakers” almost melted my heart. And the whole khandaan can shop here cause they cater to babies and men too. I actually think the men’s ikat juttis are quite kickass. I wish P wore juttis.

I hope all you girls & boys find this post a little helpful. Next time someone asks me where to get juttis from, I’m just gonna share this link. Ok, bye.

 

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Being Equal

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Pussy power. Women against Trump. Women against honour killings. Women against double standards. Women against the douchebags who tried to grope them. Women against abuse. Sounds all too familiar, eh?

Unfortunately, this doesn’t even address the bigger picture. Every time these words make it to the headlines, I’m sure you’ve envisioned a squad of women protesting for their fundamental rights. What you might have not thought of, is that women have been fighting the world even before we were born. Often fighting for our lives even before our first breath is stolen from us. Only because we have a pussy.

Does  it bother you I say “pussy”? Well, you’d be a dick if it did.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not on a boy-bashing rant here. I have no right to advocate against men. Why would I? I’ve been brought up by a father who treats me just like my brothers, which means, I got my right to a kickass education, I got the opportunity to dictate my own life and every time I switch on the water works, I’m firmly reminded that one should be more thick-skinned. Lucky for me, I wasn’t asked to forgo an education or sign up for the shaadi bootcamp after turning a ripe 23. Instead, I was empowered by him to live the best life I possibly can and also to give back. Thank you papa.

Being a woman, it’s inherent that I would side with my own sex. The goddesses. I’m fast to judge when “they” think the fairness of her skin equates #marriagegoals or when the perfectly round chapati puts her in the winning for the “Best Bahu 2017” or when her paycheque goes to his bank account and not hers- however you call her self sufficient and independent because she works TOO *slow clap*.

It’s not men who are the necessary evil. It’s our own society. The next door uncle who can’t handle the number of male friends entering your apartment, the girl who shammed you before your college jury by calling you “fat”, the tutor who thought you were too naive and grazed his hand up your skirt or the corporate bitch who dissed out the stay-at-home mum. Yet, from the uncle to the corporate bitch, we all advocate for “the future is female”. Have we understood what we’re fighting for? Do women understand that its more than just adding a #whoruntheworld hashtag to their post? Do men understand that it’s not a race between men and women, instead it’s a plight to empower every living soul, human being, cat and little goldfish in our society to have equal rights?

Equal. Same to same. Got that?

 

Disclaimer: These are my own thoughts. Comment down below because I’m always up for a good conversation. Heated or not. Also, happy women’s day!

Image credit: Poshmark

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Product Love: Banjara’s Multani Papaya Face Pack & Papaya Water

Banjara's Multani Papaya Face Pack

I’m quite bad at this whole self-maintenance thing. I really do try to be kinder to myself. I also try to keep a routine, but somehow by day 3, I’m much happier going to bed without cleaning-moisturising-toning. You know the drill. Anyhoo, if you’re promising me clearer, younger and revitalised skin in 15 minutes, I’m sold. Also, it helps you’re not making me take out my credit card. Enter Banjara’s.

I’m not really sure when this brand hit the supermarket but I’d seen a lot of good reviews from beauty bloggers which tempted me to embark on a self-preservative journey that hopefully brings out my inner goddess. Umm, too much na? I know, I know.

I picked up two products- Banjara’s Multani Papaya Face Pack and Banjara’s Premium Papaya Water. Why? Because I love face packs and they make me feel pampered and the I’ve heard papaya water has some good exfoliation power. It’s been a little over a month since I’ve had these with me and I’ll be honest, I don’t use them as often as I’d like to but I genuinely like the products.

The multani papaya face pack is actually quite hydrating and doesn’t make you look like the Thing from Fantastic Four *giggle*. It comes with promise to clean your skin by absorbing excess oil and opening up the pores. It also says it’ll help you banish ’em pimples and reduce marks. I’m not sure about the later, but after 20 mins (cause I like some bonus time with it) my skin does feel a notch radiant and a lot more cleaner.

As for the papaya water, I think of it as the trusty sidekick. Supportive yet purposeful to enhance other products like the face pack. I use this as a sort of toner and sometimes just to freshen up my skin when I feel like looks dull. The papaya oil infused water is also supposed to help reduce signs of ageing (if that matters to you). Also, it has this sweet smell to it that I really like.

My verdict? Rs.150 well spent.

Have you tried any of the Banjara’s product yet? Batao batao. I hear the rose water is kickass.

 

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Bridal Jewellery by Mortantra

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Because so many people asked me where I got my wedding jewellery from- here you go and thank my obsessive insta-stalking later.

From the jewellery to the lehenga to the latkans, wedding shopping is all kinds of exciting, especially when you’re the bride (miss those days). However, what people don’t tell you is that it can also be bloody nerve-wrecking and emotionally draining (read: true story).

Way before mum joined me in Bangalore to plan the wedding, I had already done the basic ground work when it came to the look/theme for the shaadi. I spent hours and hours on Instagram (in bed, on the bus, at the dinner table) looking for bridal jewellery, lehenga design inspirations and basic shaadi stuff. While inspiration is good, it can also be so damn confusing- I was pretty much an organised mess. I knew what I wanted but I just didn’t have anything in front of me! Where was the fairy godmother when I needed her the most? Or maybe a personal wedding shopper?

This is what happens when you’re an over ambitious bride who wants to design her own lehenga, hunt for unique pieces and be frugal at the same time. However, I didn’t give up (cause I’m not a quitter) and spent the next few months determined to see the other side of this gruelling journey. My first buy happened to be my jewellery which I bought way before my lehenga got stitched. Crazzzy, I know! But it’s like the question of who comes first- the egg or the chicken? The jewellery or the lehenga?Mortantra Bridal Jewellery

I had already bought the fabric for my lehenga which was a beautiful pink Benarasi and I knew I wanted to go all out on the bling- the mathapatti, naath, necklace, earrings, bangles and a string of jasmines to put in my hair. As a family we had decided we weren’t going to visit any sonawalla or make rounds at the Gold Souk, instead I inherited my grandmother’s and mother’s jewels that are far more precious to me than anything. So, obviously for the bridal jewellery I was going to go all imitation and my brand of choice was Mortantra who I happen to stumble upon on Instagram (it was like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow).

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Mortantra is an Ahmedabad based jewellery store run by Shaili Naimish, that legit has the best bridal jewellery collection ever. From temple jewellery to stunning meenakari sets, the collection is diverse and so so beautifully curated. Also, Shaili entertains requests for customised pieces that is a big bonus point to note. I basically picked up everything apart from the bangles from Mortantra and let me just say that my bridal jewellery is my most favourite buy from all the shaadi shopping.

Things to note:

  • I placed the order via email and sent her a bank transfer for the whole amount which I think was quite fairly priced.
  • From the date of transfer to delivery it took little over a month, so please book well it advance.
  • I put my whole heart and trust into Shaili, as obviously I had no idea how the quality or pieces actually looked, but I was really really really happy with what she delivered.
  • Don’t forget to ask for the dimensions, it’ll give you a better idea of the product.

Mortantra bridal jewellery

I also picked up a bulk order of earrings and statement rings from Mortantra as gifts for our relatives and friends. I think this was the lot that came home to us.

Also, please take a minute to admire these beautiful shots taken by my wedding photographers Pixelena Studio. They were absolutely fab! And my makeup was done by the gorgeous Shreeya.

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