Monday, March 17, 2008
To get Malaika's look:
Face: Foundation is not required here. Only minimal coverage is need with concealer such as Stila Cover Up Stick which provides great coverage for blemishes and/or dark circles. Apply a rose pink blush such as NARS Blush in Outlaw with a fan brush. The fan brush will deposit color more lightly than a regular blush brush.
Eyes: Apply a shimmery gold shadow such Lorac Gold Eye Shadow as all over the lids up until right under the brow bone. Line both top and bottom rims of the eyes with a dark brown eyeliner such as MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown. Apply one coat of black mascara for a more natural look.
Lips: Skip the liner and apply a sheer rose lip gloss such as Lorac Lip Polish in Kiss.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I'm loving that lipstick color and I'm so excited for this movie already!!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Kavita Bhartia featured the most unique makeup look with models' eyelids awash in a pretty, periwinkle blue. The cheeks and lips were kept simple with a bronzey nude shade.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
In all, though, both products are well suited to desi skin and make for a great everyday lip look.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Don't ask me how it happened, but this Sunday I spent nearly the entire day watching "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." There was some kind of Kardashian marathon going on E! that day.
I have to admit, all I knew about Kim prior to watching this show was that she was friends with Paris Hilton, had a sex tape, and posed for Playboy, so I didn't think I needed to know anymore about her. But surprisingly, she comes off as a really nice girl on the show. The way her sisters interact and talk about things, she seems so fun...and normal. She's the kind of girlfriend every girl needs, so sweet, and yet so honest. I'm officially a fan!
Of course, I couldn't help noticing her makeup. It's gorgeous. You just can't go wrong with a smoky eye and a nude, glossy lip. The look is a little too much for a conservative office, in my humble opinion, but it totally works if you're job is in the entertainment or fashion industry, or if you're looking for a glam makeup look for an evening party.
Here are the colors Kim uses to get her signature look:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium dark and dark
MAC eyeshadow in Nehru
MAC eyeshadow in Print
MAC eyeshadow in Blue Noir
MAC eyepencil in Smolder
MAC Blush Pink Swoon
MAC Angel lipstick
Nars Turkish Delight Lipgloss (the one item Kim can't live without!)
MAC Stripdown lipliner
Chi curling iron (the biggest barrel)
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Like the author says on YouTube:
"In movies, music and fashion, Bollywood is a trend.
Bollyrobics™ will be loved not only by fitness fans but everyone who has been touched by the irresistable cinema of India....Elements from Bollywood's most popular films are choreographed into a new kind of workout, combining coordination, strength and stamina with Asian sensuality. Energetic and seductive!"
When I was younger, my friends and I would get together and copy the moves from Indian songs and spend hours practicing for weddings or parties. I wish we had something like this DVD, because they explain all the steps to you slowly so you can learn them and get grooving in half the time it takes to pause, rewind, and watch again how a move was done from a full-fledged movie clip. You learn the moves to three popular songs in this DVD, Mahi Ve, Chaiyya Chaiyya, and Monama (from Bombay Dreams). Plus, it's edited in a traditional workout format, with a warm-up and cool down, which helps you monitor your heart rate and calorie-burn a little better. Available in up to 7 languages, including French, Hindi, Japanese, and Italian, Bollyrobics is available at Amazon.com for $12.99. You can also rent it at Blockbuster.com in a few weeks when they get it in stock.
Ask any hair expert out there, and they will all tell you that it's not so much what you put on your hair that makes it healthy and shiny, it's what you eat. Yes, some oils and special shampoos can make a slight difference in your hair's appearance, but if your diet is lacking in the nutrients it needs, these potions are only going to mask the problem and not fix it for the long run. Drinking lots of water and eating healthy foods is a must, but did you know that supplementing your diet with the vitamin Biotin (also known as Vitamin H) can significantly improve the health of your hair? And even regrow hair?
Trust me, I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't give this a try for myself. My hairstylist turned me on to taking Biotin about four months ago when I was complaining to her about how much my hair was falling out. It had gotten so bad, that when I washed my hair in the shower, clumps would fall out in my hands, and my hairbrush would be so full of hair after I brushed, it looked like I had used it to groom a puppy. I had even started to develop bald spots along my hairline, it was a total nightmare.
My hairstylist recommended I start taking Biotin every night before I go to bed, along with a multi-vitamin. She said, many women start losing hair in their 30's and 40's and it's usually due to stress and a poor diet, in addition to other factors (hormonal imbalance, childbirth, environmental factors, the local water, etc..) I think the reasons my hair falling out was definitely the stress and poor diet part. (Note: I had already consulted my doctor about the hair loss problem and he ran all the blood tests, etc... to rule out any kind of medical disease. I was told I was normal, and that the hair loss was probably a temporary response to the stress of motherhood or hormones, and to just ride it out. My patience with "riding it out" ran out after 2 months of falling hair, and I was willing to try anything by then.)
Clearly, I was not alone in experiencing female alopecia. My hairstylist said she had the same problem with the hair loss and bald spots developing, but since she started taking Biotin, she had not only stopped losing hair, her hair was actually starting to grow back! And her bald spots were starting to fill back in. It was convincing enough for me to give it a try for myself, because quite literally, I had nothing to lose. Except for more hair.
So, on my hair stylist's advice, I went to Target and got a bottle of 100 tablets of 1000mcg of Origin brand Biotin for only $1.49. Only $1.49. I can't believe how cheap this stuff was. That's more than a three month supply for only a buck and a half. I took one tablet every night religiously before bed, along with a multi-vitamin and a full glass of water.
After 3 weeks, I noticed a reduction in hair falling out. After 2 months, I noticed hair growing back in the bald spots. And by the time I finished the whole bottle 3 months later, my hair looked healthy and full, just like it did before stress took its toll on me and made my hair fall out. It was incredible. I also noticed that in addition to my hair becoming stronger and healthier, it looked shiny without the need of any hair product. My nails had become stronger too, which was unexpected but pleasantly received. I still continue to take the Biotin and the multi-vitamin every night to maintain the health of my hair, even though I no longer suffer from hair loss and brittle hair. I can't manage to eat well every single day, so the vitamins help compensate for deficiencies in my diet and keep my hair, skin, and nails healthy.
Biotin is a vitamin naturally found in eggs, cheese, beef liver, cauliflower, mushrooms, chicken breasts, salmon, spinach, and nuts. Not everyone needs a supplement because our bodies are able to manufacture this vitamin on its own if it senses a shortage. But for people suffering from hair loss or weak, brittle hair and nails, their bodies may not be making enough Biotin to combat the problem, which is where taking a supplement can help considerably.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Pat McGrath created gorgeous golden eyes at Versace. Her secret was layering on bronze and gold shadows and finishing the look with extra long false lashes.
Beauty at Alberta Ferretti went back to the Sixties with smokey charcoal eyes, peachy lips and sideswept hair that was heavily teased at the crown.
photos via style.com