Let’s Talk Eyeliners

Eyes are always the focal point in our makeup, and the most used makeup product is the eyeliner. Black eyeliner is the safest choice for the office, college, party, basically for everywhere. And nowadays other colors are also getting attention. From a playful look to a bold look, the traditional look or just for an everyday outing, eyeliner is a must for every girl’s vanity. As a makeup lover, I like to purchase new products, but I am little conservative while buying an eyeliner. Why? two main reasons, I like to purchase the same eyeliner every time which I know is most suited for me, I know which shade of black will go perfectly with my skin tone, and without any fails, my eye makeup will be perfect. The second reason is, eye sensitivity. I am little skeptical to use a new formula on my eyes. The eyeliners and eye pencils which are tried and tested for a long time are always the right choices for my eyes. Here are some of my prolong used and most trustworthy liquid eyeliners.

I tried to demonstrate the pigmentation and thickness of these eyeliners. There are some black eyeliners and some color eye pencils.

So, here on the top, I have a gold-tone Hyperglossy liquid eyeliner from Maybelline New York, this is great for the festival time or for parties. Next is my most favorite Stay All Day liquid eyeliner from Stila in the shade of Intense Black, it’s a microtip liner, easy to use, just love it. Next is the popular Kat Von D black eyeliner in the shade Trooper, again deep black, excellent for a dramatic look. Then I have two black eye pencils, Infallible long were eye pencil from Loreal in the shade of Black Noir and another favorite from Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in the shade Perversion. I love this shade, this is my fourth one, I use it every day.

Here I have my color eye pencils. The first eye pencil is waterproof kajal from Rimmel, which is a grayish glittery black pencil, I used it on the evening parties, it’s not very glittery though but enough to create a smoky look. The next brown eyeliner is from Kat Von D, Hemingway, nice color for a subtle makeup. As you can see I am a big fan of Urban Decay eye pencils, I got the four shades of them, each of them are quite unique but trust me, they are amazing. Sometimes I use them as the base, or smudge them over my lids and create a slightly tinted shadow, and sometimes I use it as the bottom eyeliners. I consider makeup as another form of art, be creative and be playful, it is fun. Love yourself and always stay happy.

BE GORGEOUS 

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My favourite Orange Lipsticks for summer

Enough of berry, pink, neutrals and red lipsticks, now is the time for some bold orange hues. Orange is such a fun color for summer, it can be completed with a bold look or it can be given a perfect naturally sunkissed blushy look. And the most important part is it can suit every skin tone and you can apply everywhere, all the day long, around this summertime.

Here are some of my favorite orange lipsticks that can go with every skin tone. Usually, I choose a soft orange tone for my everyday look and select a bold one for my favorite occasions. From a perfect Sunday brunch look or summer party look to the vacay look, anytime orange lipstick can give you a shiny fresh face in this warmer days.


Maybelline Electric Orange lipsticks in satin are formulated with rich honey nectar that gives a smooth feel to your lip and the color is so pigmented that one swipe of this bright lipstick is enough to make a perfect orangy pout.

NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Juan, this liquid lipstick is a budget-friendly one, $6.50 from Amazon. It has a creamy formula with a matte finish, and it is perfect for vacation.

COVERGIRL Colorlicious Rich Color Lipstick Sweet Tangerine is infused with shea butter for a creamy feel. This lip color is perfect for a softer makeup look.

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick, Orange Dream. Another bold color and this one is highly pigmented, once you apply, it can stay all day long, no need to retouch. But this can be little dry, so apply lip balm before the lipstick can help your lip to retain the moisture.

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MAC Cremesheen lipstick in the shade Crosswires. It is pinkish orange tone, complement the light breezy beach outfits.

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Revlon super lustrous lip gloss, Solar Coral 243. Again this is soft and silky gloss with a glamorous color shine. Appropriate for every day.

STAY HAPPY AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL IN THIS SUMMER.

HAPPY BLOGGING.

Waterfalls -Nature’s Wonder

 

Water, I want to be like water: strong enough to hold up a ship, but able to slip through your fingers.

                                                                             MICHELLE WILLIAMS

 

I consider waterfall is the nature’s finest art, it is serene, romantic and full of life. From far, it can be a beautiful canvas to capture a perfect scenery, but once you go near to her you will hear her roar, you will feel her force, the spontaneity. To me, waterfalls are the symbols of the celebration of life.

Here are some of our family favorites, captured by us.

The gigantic NIAGARA FALLS, USA.

Horseshoe Falls Niagara

Arial shot of Niagara and American Falls from chopper rideimg_7302

Niagara at night, illuminated from Canada 

Looking Glass Falls, NC, USA

Bridal Veil Fall, Yosemite, CA, USA

Sikkim, India

Yellowstone, WY, USAimg_7287

share your favorite waterfalls on the comments below.

Happy Blogging.

Summer Activities For Kids Under $10

Summer is here and so does the long summer vacation, no school, and lots of fun for my kiddos. I and my daughter have planned to do so many things for this vacation, though I doubt about the executions of those plans. Still, its fun to plan, especially if you have active kids like mine. As the summer vacation starts, the daily routine gets messed up pretty quickly, but that’s okay with me. As long as they are busy with some kind of activities and not engaging their time only on the internet and not watching Netflix for the whole day, I am good. So, like every summer, this year also I have chosen some in-home and some fun water activities for my 7 years old.

Summer Homeworks- 

Every morning I would like to give my elder one some sort of homework, it can be math, reading, comprehension or science. She likes to rotate her subjects through the seven days of the week. Usually, it takes about 30-40 minutes to finish. It is a good exercise to practice all the things she has learned in her class so she can be ready for her next grade.  As I was searching on Amazon, I found some interesting summer study activity books. Here are some links to those books-



Summer Art & Craft-

The more kids will be busy with their activities, the better, and art & crafts are wonderful options to keep the young artists creative and busy during the vacations. Well, definitely it will be messy and can be very stressful to clean the room afterward, but it’s fun and always good to engage the kids in some sort of creativities. My daughter likes to draw and color, she also loves to build Legos, and she recently develops her interest in paper crafting. So, thankfully, making slimes is no longer the only option for her, and fortunately, I have found some great deals on art and crafts products. Here are the links-


 

 

 

 

Reading Story Books-

I always encourage my kids to read storybooks, it is a great way to develop their imaginations and their language skills. Storybook is very beneficial for the active kids also, reading is always good to calm those restless minds and I can also indulge some quiet time around my home. Here are the links to some great kids books-

Summer Toys-

Finally, the toys, which is never enough for my kids. When to choose their toys, I make sure that I stay under my budget because toys are always in demand and kids get easily bored with one toy very quickly, then another toy comes in the demand lists. Here I found some interesting and fun toys-

So, we are all set for the summer days, hope you like our summer activity ideas. Happy summer everybody.

HAVE A FUN SUMMER WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.

HAPPY BLOGGING.

Hope

BUT… WHAT IF I STOP HOPING

I do not hope for my future anymore

I do not hope to see how my kids will grow up

I do not hope to become more successful

I do not hope to hold the hand of my loved one when I will be old

I do not hope to travel the world

I do not hope to wait and see what the life has planned for me

I do not hope to see tomorrow’s sun

I do not hope to live my life anymore

What will be the world becomes if there will be no HOPE? In this chaotic world around us, it is possible that we lost our faith in life, that maybe we stop hoping, we stop wanting to live anymore.

But if we think the other way, if we come out from the negative zone and enter a different zone with a positive mind and say…

I hope to be loved

I hope that all my dreams will come true

I hope good health and happiness of my family

I hope that my future will be bright and full of joy

I hope to overcome my fears

I hope the world will be peaceful one day

I hope to see what life has stored for me.

No matter what will be the crisis I will face, I will overcome every hurdle. I will keep my hope alive. With a positive mind and with joy in my heart I will celebrate my life and I promise to myself that I will live and enjoy it until life leaves me.

Natural Homemade Skin Exfoliation by Priyanka Chopra

A few months back the famous Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra shared her skin home remedies on Vogue. I watched it on YouTube, the video got viral since it has been published. In this video, Priyanka shared her traditional homemade DIY body exfoliate pack, lip scrub, and scalp treatment remedies. The ingredients she used are all natural and quite staple in the Indian households and the body pack is also very popular across generations. If you have the time and the right ingredients at hand, then once a week of this pack will definitely take care of your skin in this hot summer days. I tried to follow Priyanka’s instructions and made this pack at home and then applied it to my skin. ( But before you use it on your skin, just make sure to do the allergy test by putting it on back of your palm, don’t use it if your skin got irritated). It can use as a great anti-tan mask for your face. This mask has all the natural ingredients which are very safe for any type of skin, it can use as a hydrating mask also. I will demonstrate the difference before and after using this pack in my hand. But first, the steps, how to make this amazing pack:

(All the ingredients are easily available in any Indian grocery store.) Here I took little less than 1/3 rd cup of chickpea flour(Besan), 1/4th cup of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoon milk, 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder(exotic ingredient from India), a little bit of lemon juice and 1/4th teaspoon turmeric powder. Then I mixed all the ingredients until it looked like a smooth mask. I apply it on my skin and let it dry for 10-12 minutes, then I rubbed it nicely and you can see it works as a great exploitation while massaging with your fingers and then use a wet cotton cloth to clean it and voila you can see the instant difference.

The skin will look smoother and more hydrated and because of the turmeric, your skin will look fresher than before. But excessive use of turmeric can make your skin a bit yellowish, so be careful about the quantity. Hope you will try it and let me know how you feel about this mask.

Be Gorgeous and Happy Blogging.

My Saturday Breakfast Dilemma​

Every Friday night is a night of making plans for the weekends, we plan that we will wake up early, will try to make a nice sumptuous breakfast, then get ready and we will do lunch outside, then we can go shopping or movie or something equally interesting. Well, like I said, we plan that on Friday night, and then we go to sleep. In my dream also I am making the sumptuous meal like Egg Benedict with Hollandaise sauce or chicken noodle or something decadent with egg etc. Where is in the reality, as the alarm is in silent mode and our precious children are in deep sleep, we got a chance to enjoy the sweet morning sleep a little bit longer than it should be. Results, we woke up a little after 10 o’clock and started to think what will we prepare for a lunch or a brunch? This is a kind of paradoxical situation for us, we want to get up and get started for the weekend but after a long tiring week, sleep is the only indulgence we want to have. So be it, just when I realized we have lost our nice morning breakfast time and started to give up hope for my continental or any kind of exotic breakfast, the husband came to rescue. Sometimes only the simple food is enough to start the day. So, on this Saturday morning, he managed the kitchen while I was helping him with the ingredients.

 It was a simple breakfast, Pancake. But that’s all I need to clear my head and to get ready for my Saturday outing.

Down to the Aisle

Today is a special day,

Today we will make our new way

With you by my side, I will drift myself away

As the morning start

I can sense that I don’t want to be anymore apart

Friends are here, with good wishes in their heart

I am preparing myself for the new start

I have worn the gown now

It’s as white as the snow

I know it will look perfect when I stand beside you

I wonder how are you?

I am nervous, I am pale, but my thoughts are ready to flow

I have started my walk, while everybody else is welcoming me as they stand

I can see your eyes, twinkling from behind,

Those promising eyes, warming me from my fright.

My hands are sweating, heels are shaking,

But I am walking, walking to you,

Down to the aisle, you are,

Reaching out, eager.

Here, now I am here,

Feeling like a princess without any doubt

Hold me, hold me tight

As I am here to say my vows right.

Prism Eyeshadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills- Product Review

I recently bought this wonderful eyeshadow palette from Sephora, Prism by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is my second palette from ABH, the first one is Renaissance. I am really impressed by ABH’s shadow quality, they are highly pigmented, longlasting(with the eye primer) and lots of color variety. When I saw Prism’s nice mix of vibrant colors, I couldn’t resist myself. This palette contains 14 colors, there are 7 matte eyeshadow and 7 glittery pigments. What I really like about this palette is the selection of colors, there are some bold colors and there are some soft colors also. This palette can help you to create a glamorous party look, you can create a soft daytime look, or you can achieve a fiery summer party look also.

Let’s go through the colors, on the top line, there are 4 matte shadows, Eden is the soft matte orangy shadow, it’s a good transition color, though I have to reapply it a couple of time to get the desired color intensity. Unity is another nice transition color for the overall lid or to highlight your browbone. Now, my most favorite color in this pallet is Sphere, it’s a perfect color for this time of year, even if it looks bright neon yellow in the picture, its actually a very soothing color once applied on the lid. Obsidian is a dark shade, perfect for the smoky eye look or you can use it on the waterline also. Lucid, Sphinx and Osiris are the highly glittery pigments, a little fall down will be noticed, but great shades, especially Sphinx, a beautiful bronze shadow, perfect for evening.

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On the bottom line of this palette, we have 4 glittery pigments and 3 matte shadows.  Dimension is a beautiful color, it will give you a metallic look, very trendy yet graceful. The parallel is a warm brown shadow, I always like to have a nice brown shadow in my palette, brown is a versatile eyeshadow, can be used with any makeup look. Another fabulous color from this pallet is Saturn, it is a beautiful salmon red color, it’s bold but not too harsh, you can create a beautiful sunset look with this one, perfect for daytime. The pyramid is gold glittery pigment. The Throne is another metallic color from this palette, it is a dark greenish glitter, little different and fun to use. The Lure is a matte soft pink shade, perfect for everyday look. And then we have Eternal, it is a beige glittery one, perfect for a glamorous look.

To create this sunset look, I used Eden as my transition color, then I used Saturn on top of  Eden. I used Parallel to cut the crease and then blend the shades nicely. Then I used Sphere for the entire lid and top with Sphinx for the center of the lid. And I used Unity for my browbone and Lucid for the eye corners. Hope you like my Sunset look. Share your ideas and thoughts with me.

Be gorgeous and happy blogging.

Henna, A Natural Way to Hair Color

What Is Henna?

Henna is one of the most popular beauty herbs in India and tropical countries that is known for its cooling effects. Since ages, it has been used to make hair shiny, healthy and gorgeous. Henna is one kind of herbal leaves, once dried then it can be finely grounded and uses as a powder. The power of this green herb is not only used to decorate hands or cover greys but is also applied to hair to bring back the health of your precious lashes.

Is Henna safe for hair?

Yes, Henna is much safer for the hair unlike the other permanent chemically induced hair colors available in the market. Henna restores the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp without affecting the natural balance of your hair. Henna is a very good conditioner for your hair. It covers each hair shaft and builds a protective layer that safeguards the strands from damage. Regular use of henna makes your hair thick and strong by locking the essential moisture in the hair. Henna is also known to cure dandruff quite effectively.

Is Henna permanent?

Yes, henna does not wash out although it will gradually fade over time. Because of this, and because the dye works like a varnish over your natural hair color rather than chemically changing it, emerging roots are far subtler than after using the chemical dyes. Originally, henna gives a reddish tone to the hair, it can vary, the lighter colored hair will look more reddish than the darker hair. Nowadays, a lot of varieties of different colored henna are available in the market.

How do you use Henna?

Applying henna can get a little messy. Choose an area where you are going to apply henna and lay down some newspaper to catch any stray spills. Cover your shoulder with a towel. It’s said that overnight soaking the henna in warm water can create a very rich color. Then the steps are as follows:

  1. Smooth a protective balm like vaseline around the hairline – to ensure your skin is not accidentally tinted.
  2. Wear gloves, apply the henna evenly to clean, dry hair; dry hair allows the color to saturate each strand. For best results, work from the roots to the tips, starting from the back of the head and moving towards the front.
  3. Then mix approximately 2 cups henna with 4 teaspoons of lemon juice and  2 tablespoons coffee and half cup yogurt, into a paste of toothpaste consistency. Apply over scalp and hair leave on for about one hour. Wash off. If color is desired, avoid yogurt. If hair is dry, add 2 teaspoons herbal or natural hair oil to the paste. Leave for at least one hour; up to two hours is recommended. Wrapping your hair in cling film or a shower cap will result in redder shades, whereas leaving it unwrapped (and therefore cooler) will create a darker color. Rinse off your henna with warm water. The color will continue to develop for up to 24 hours. I usually wait for one day to do shampoo.

How often do I need Henna reapplication?

Like any other hair dye, Henna is also recommended for retouching on grays at least twice a month to maintain the color and vibrancy, though it varies from person to person.

Some of my favorite Henna-

SHEHNAZ HUSSAIN HENNA

PERSIAN HENNA

ORGANIC HENNA

Be gorgeous and happy blogging.