Kalpa Druma | Summer Look #1

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The outfit is super basic because I can’t stand to wear anything else during the heat. I mean let’s be honest guys, we try to plan out outfits a day ahead of time but we end up picking something in a span of 5 minutes, and we usually pick something we’re comfortable in. This is that kind of outfit. The material of the top is really thin, but it has a small thin fabric around the chest area inside, just so that you can wear any color bra without it being visible from the outside. I’ve paired it with a pair of Juthis I got from Banagalore, and a pair of Jumkas from Zahana Accessories. I’ve kept my makeup minimal as well, with just a little bit of concealer and my FAVORITE red lipstick the Maybelline Lip Gradation in Red 2.

This red leaf printed kurti is from Kalpa Druma. I was introduced to this store by my friend Varsha, and it’s a haven for people who love handicrafts and love to explore new “cultural” outlets . What I liked most about the boutique was their clothes, they had beautiful kurtis. kurtas, western wear, etc – the material of it all seemed so pure. Yes most of their kurtis can be a bit pricey, it can go up to 1000 rupees, but they have some for even 500 rupees, like the one I’m wearing. Honestly if you want to experience different products and have the time, you could end up spending hours here. They also have a diverse set of products from quilts, table cloths, curtain material, paintings ( semi-precious stone paintings), antique items, brass items, home decor, and lots of dress material along with finished clothing.

Kalpa Druma is located just opposite the Chola Sheraton hotel in Gopalapuram.

Outfit Details:

Top – Kalpa Druma

Pants – Lifestyle

Juthis – Bangalore

Bag – Cotton On, Singapore

Ring – Lovisa

Earrings – Zahana Acessories

About the Photographer:

Shyam Vasudevan is an aspiring photographer who’s taken most of my photo-shoots, so definitely check out his work through his social media links: InstagramFacebook.

If you guys like what you see then head on over to my YouTube channel that I’ve recently started for similar content 🙂

*This is not a sponsored post.

 

Real Techniques – Deluxe Gift Set Brushes Review

As a newbie makeup blogger I’ve been stocking up my makeup arsenal with different brands and tools that can help me with my photo-shoots. Makeup brushes are at the core of makeup because it’s very important for the final look, brushes help spread the product out evenly and gives precision with application.

Where I purchased the brushes:

My sister got these brushes from a website called iherb.com, they are a U.S based site that ships internationally, so that does mean the shipping charges are a bit high. Shipping takes a while for iherb, this package took 8 days to arrive. Amazon.in also sells them, and most are amazon fulfilled so it’s trustworthy (according to me.) Even Nykaa sells a few collections on their website!

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This is my favorite brush from the set! It really is good at multitasking as I use it as a blush brush, foundation brush, or powder brush. The bristles are VERY soft, so it’s gentle on the skin, it’ll make you want to put on makeup all the time. The blend-ability is really good and helps in effortless application of blush, powders, foundation, etc. Product pickup is good on this as most of the time I have to dab off the excess, and it RT does sell a separate blush brush, buffing brush, etc. but this set is more of a ‘starter’ kit with a little bit of all their collections.

Rating 4.5/5

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This brush is super dense and that’s the problem. It requires a lot of pressure in order to spread the foundation which is not good for your skin, especially since it’s ideally for under eye application. I don’t use this brush as much as the others, it’s not very good for heavy (liquid) foundation or concealer because it basically doesn’t help to blend it onto the skin. I prefer using the RT beauty blender for applying my foundation/concealer. This is the only brush in the collection with dense bristles while the others have soft bristles.

Rating: 2.5/5

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This specifically meant for highlighting the face, it’s broadly angled so you can easily accentuate certain areas of your face, but the brush is a little small to cover most large areas, so it works best when you want to highlight the nose or cupids bow.

Rating: 2.5/5

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Again this is a great starter eye shadow brush. It takes up the product well and blends well on my eye lid. I wouldn’t solely depend on this brush for eye shadows as it’s good to have a few brushes for when you want to blend two colors, etc.

Rating: 4/5

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I’m not a huge fan of liquid eyeliners so I haven’t use this for that purpose at all, but the bristles are very fine and small so it can probably be used to create a good cat-eye or wing. I sometimes use this to apply my lipstick as a lip-liner, just to outline my lips and then fill it in later.

Rating: 2.5/5

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Overall review of brushes:

The RT brushes have long handles making them pretty sturdy, allowing for hassle-free use. They are fairly easy to clean but I recommend washing them often especially after heavy use just so that it makes the whole washing process easier. I have heard that after a while the bristles do start becoming curly and come off, but I haven’t experienced anything so far, if I do I’ll let you know. But I think that happens with most brushes after constant use, and at their affordable prices it’s a bargain.

The kit also comes with a white travel size clutch, but because it’s really pretty and white I hate putting my used brushes inside for fear that it’ll get dirty, so I use it only after I’ve cleaned them. Kinda pointless but the color is the only bad thing about the clutch!

I wanted to make a video about these brushes but instead I’ve written this blog and created a few short videos on how I used these brushes. You can see them on my Instagram, as I’ll be posting them throughout the week. Also do check out some oft he videos I have on my YouTube Channel: Nykaa Haul, Forest Essentials Pure Rose Water Toner.

Conceptualization | Collaboration with Rishika Nath

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Photography and fashion have such a dynamic relationship. Of late conceptual photography is being merged with fashion photography to create some pretty breath-taking photos. What I mean when I say ‘conceptual’ is when you use a specific location or props as the main focus of the photo, and then you’ve got the model posing with the specific outfit. All in all it’s really fun to shoot because you’re not restricted in movement or style, plus it just adds a very creative and unique look overall 🙂

As for the outfit, I wanted to mix patterns because that’s not something I usually do and I’m sure not many other people do either. I tend to play it safe and go with solid colors, but this combination seemed to work really well! I always say that basics are important, and I love my basic wear. This stripped black and white top from Forever 21 is so versatile because you can pair it with any color and type of skirts, jeans, leggings, or even shorts! It’ll go great with solid colors or even simple patterns like the leggings I am wearing. This outfit is also a very simple summer outfit that I can wear anywhere! The floral leggings from Reliance Trends adds that summery touch. Accessories wise just go with your gut and whatever mood you’re in! Ive paired this outfit with a white watch with gold accents and a white pearl bracelet, along with a black circle bag- I usually go for a minimalistic look 🙂

Now even though I said the top is from Forever 21, which is expensive to most people, that doesnt mean you cant shop there! The sale section has amazing selections for you to choose from, and you can take a look at their online collections. I know it sucks that there isn’t a Forever 21 in Chennai but I’m sure it’ll pop up soon 😉

Rishika Nath, a close friend, is an aspiring photographer who has an amazing eye for conceptual photography, you can have a look at her tumblr where she showcases most of her photographs 🙂

LAKME ENRICH SATIN | SHADE: M422

Any girl in her 20’s will soon discover or grow an addiction towards lipstick. At least, I know I have.

What I look for in makeup, and pretty much everything, is affordability. So, you can see why I was ecstatic when I saw this lipstick. Anyway let’s get to it.

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Overall:

This is NOT a matte lipstick so it doesn’t have a finished look to it. Which means that lines on your lips are visible (pictured above.) It is on the glossy side, and gives a little sheen depending on how many coats you apply. I like to wear it to semi-formal events or short hangouts.

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Color:

The pigmentation is a very dark red, 2 coats would give you a nice deep wine(ish) red.

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Texture:

The texture of this lipstick is VERY smooth – it glides on perfectly. What I found is that my lips didn’t have to be super moisturized before I applied makeup, unlike with matte lipsticks where dry lips is a big no no. BUT because it’s very smooth it doesn’t settle onto the lips, so it’s very smudgy. I’ve tried drinking and eating whilst wearing it and unfortunately this left traces of the lipstick. That’s one of the major turn-offs of this lipstick.

Durability:

The Enrich Satin series unfortunately lacks on this front. I apply about 2-3 coats just to get maximum amount of color and darkness, but because of its texture it kind of just wears off in about 2 hours? Also, while I was wearing it I didn’t know if the color was intact, so I found myself constantly checking to see how it looked.

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Packaging:

The packaging is fairly simple. It comes in a metallic grey color box, and the tube is transparent, it’s cute and to the point.

Price: 

The Lakme Enrich Satin line is pretty affordable with each costing just Rs. 265 . It’s perfect for those who don’t want to spend a lot on a quick fix!

Rating:

3/5

 

Oreo Milkshake

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Crushed Oreos for the milkshake.
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What the milkshake should look like.
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Enjoy 🙂

With all my recent free time, I’ve decided to step up my blogging game and dabble in food styling/photography.

I don’t have an oven so that limits the number of recipes I can make but I try my best to find recipes with everyday staples.

This time I made an oreo milkshake

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

1 Pack of oreos

Chocolate Syrup

2 Cups Vanilla Ice cream

1 Cup Milk

Apparatus:

A mixer

First what you’re going to do is ope your pack of oreos and keep about 5 oreos aside for the toppings. Then you’ll take the rest of the oreos and crush them into smaller pieces. You can just put them into your mixer, but my mixer would get stuck if I tried to grind the large pieces so I just smashed mine with a knife on a cutting board. Plus it makes you feel a little fancy by working on your knife skills 😉

Now comes the easy part, the mixing. Just add the oreos, milk and ice cream into your mixer.  Mix until you get a nice consistency, you can always add more scoops of ice cream if you want your milkshake to be thicker!

The presentation can be a little tricky and messy. I used the chocolate syrup to coat the bottom of my glasses to give a nice look. Then just pour in your milkshake!

For the toppings you can do two things:

     – Do what I did, take the rest of the oreos and crush them into smaller pieces and simply throw them on top of your milkshake.

     – For a more ‘fine-dining’ touch you can grind the oreos into powder and use that as a topping.

Voila! It’s a pretty simple recipe to make, but I’ve never thought of making it. It’d be something I’d soend too much money on when I go out, but it’s super easy to make right at home!

*I prefer thicker milkshakes, so I put my milkshake in the fridge before I ate it, and it basically tasted like an oreo ice cream!

Cheers!

Diwali 2015

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Midi Skirt Madness

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| Top: Primark | Skirt: Code Red | Sandals : Rubi Shoes | Sunglasses : Cotton On | Bag: Bugis | Jewellery: Punk Candy | Lipstick: Wet N Wild |

Just we all desired maxi skirts or skater skirts to fill our wardrobe, they’ve got some competition from midi skirts. This trend was big back in the 70’s and came back with force around 2012. The attraction around these skirts its their ability to make one look thin yet structured. While they give attention to your waist area, they also compliment your legs! The perfect midi skirt is one that reaches your knee or just above it, still allowing you to show of your legs 😉

Midi skirts can be worn with just about anything from flouncy blouses, knitted sweaters, crop tops, and even t-shirts. I chose to pair mine with my favorite lace top. I always prefer the basics with a unique touch! I chose ankle-strap flats to add a bit of an preppy look to the outfit. Pairing ankle flat sandals can be a bit difficult because they can make you look much shorter than you are, and sometimes even a bit stalky. However, I chose them because the length of my skirt wasn’t too long and felt that appearance wise it looked good.

Photoshoot by : Shyam Vasudevan

Theosophical Society

I’m sure everyone that resides in the ECR-Adyar area or beyond has been to the Theosophical Society, also known as the Huddleston Gardens is a unique place to visit.

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It’s one of those places where you tell yourself you’ll definitely go one weekend, but it keeps slipping away.

Here’s something most of you might not have known, I didn’t, “professional” cameras aren’t allowed inside the grounds. I’m not sure why this is, but they’ve got a strict rule against it. Camera phones are allowed, so I was in luck!

The Huddleston Gardens has a lot of history making it a must see place for history buffs, but the appeal is the layout and scenery of the gardens.

It’s best to go in the evenings when the TS is open from 2 PM – 4 PM.

The Theosophical Society is a great place to just wander aimlessly.

Cruising through Mylapore, Chennai

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Credits to Shyam Vasudevan

I recently visited Mylapore with a  few friends in an effort to mark one of the many photo walks we wish to embark on. For any photo walk, it’s best to go very early in the morning or late in the evening, especially in Chennai or the heat will get you! The ideal time for a photo walk would be during 6 AM -10 AM or 4 PM – 7PM.

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The Mylapore tank pictured above, taken on a road that joins N Mada St and S Mada St

You can start at Mylapore Tank bustop and head right down RK Mutt Road towards N Mada Street. Usually you’ll find many small shops along that street selling little trinkets but before they open you can see a line of colored doors which happens to be a perfect place to take pictures.

Understanding Mylapore isn’t too difficult as long as you trace your steps. We went in a circle, and made the tank and the temple our center point.

Continue on N Mada St and take the first left onto Chengalneer Pillaiyar Koil St, here again you’ll see many closed shops, but very colorful gates and a little graffiti here or there. This road is where I got the inspiration for my little lock series because of the colorfully varying gates and locks.

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The best thing about Mylapore is the olden, almost run down type of houses that take you back to the days past. These colored houses keep up with the essence of culture that fills the roads of Mylapore.

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Travel Tales: Kerala – Madupetty Dam

Madupetty Dam in Kerala is a great place to go boating with family. There are a few local shops right next to the dam so tourists can spend time and admire the scenery. 

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View of Madupetty Dam

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View of the lake from the boat

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We were lucky enough to catch a small group of elephants bathing in the sun! 🙂