Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A Beautiful Mess

Beauty Trick : Mixing Two Lip colours

 (Left- NYX Soft Matte Cream in Stockholm | Right - NYX Soft Matte Cream in Monte Carlo )

I will agree I am not quite regular with beauty posts infact I have been quite neglecting the beauty blogger in me.Well this one here is also not one of those product reviews.I am going to show you a trick which I have been using to make most of a product which I was going to discard.

            (Left- NYX Soft Matte Cream in Stockholm | Right - NYX Soft Matte Cream in Monte Carlo )

I got these two NYX lip creams Stockholm and Monte Carlo in buy one get one free offer more than a year back. Now Monte Carlo is a very bold and beautiful colour but its not suitable for office or daily wear and as for the free lip cream Stockholm I didnt like the shade. So basically I had not just one but two shades of the most coveted matte lipsticks just lying in my drawer.

    ( Left - NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo | Right - NYX Soft Matte Cream in Stockholm ) 

   For a long time Stockholm was sitting idle in my drawer and Monte Carlo was very loud for office/daily wear. Well being a science student does have some long term effects. One fine day I thought of experimenting by mixing these two lip creams.
In case you dont know these lip creams when applied are glossy but after 10-20 seconds it settles and gives a velvety matte finish. Hence I thought they would stay wet and become sticky but I succeeded in my experiment and the result was a beautiful pink color.

Following are the steps on how to carry out this simple experiment.

    (  NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo  )

Step 1 : Apply lightly the dark/deep color in this case NYX Monte Carlo.

    NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo + Stockholm 

Step 2 : Apply small dots of  NYX Stockholm and start spreading and mixing the lip cream.
I have been mixing these lip creams for quite some time now due to which the applicator of Stockholm has turned red and the swatch looks pink than Stockholm actually is. From the outer colour of the tube one can gauge how pale the actual colour is. As you can see in the above image after proper mixing the result is a beautiful Rosy Pink which is close to soft matte shades of San Paulo and Ibiza.Ibiza is one of the new shades added to the Soft matte range.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo + Stockholm 

Also by varying the quantity a wide spectrum of colours from red to pink can be created.In the image above I have increased the quantity of Stockholm due to which the result is lighter than the one in the image in Step 2.

I am wearing this mixture of lip creams in one of my selfie I had posted a long time back on Instagram which you can check here . 

For daily wear I prefer rosy pink lip colours as compared to totally nude colours because they add a subtle glow to the face at the same time gives a fresh look.

This trick works even with lip pencil + one soft matte cream.I have also tried this lip pencil + Lip cream combination with my Inglot Matte Lip crayons and it gives similar results.

So here you go, a very simple yet effective trick I have been using to wear these NYX lip creams.

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Newfangled Nuances

Blazer - Zara | High waist jeans - Only | Tank top - Local Boutique | Platform Heels - Zara | Sunglasses - Prada | Lipstick - Mac Ruby Woo  

  Off lately I have been favoring high rise pants a lot as you all have seen in my recent posts.Since monsoons seemed to have taken a break a few days back I promptly came up with this look and found an excuse to wear denims. From trousers to skinny jeans and even shorts, all of these styles come with a high-waist alternative and are available in a wide spectrum now a days.Most of us might think its such an odd trend.Once you discover which styles suits you, you can experiment with different patterns.

   When paired rightly they can be more flattering than you’d think.I have previously paired these high waist jeans with a crop top, which you can check on my Instagram profile.One can see the versatility of high rise pants by the variation of the looks I have created and that is the reason this style has become my new favourite. I have paired my high rise pleated trousers with a blouse here creating a illusion of a jumpsuit.The same pleated trousers I have paired with a crop top in my previous post.This style is surely a boon for petite girls because it gives a long, lean look and helps in creating an elongated frame. 

  After a really long time I am back to layering blazers on the blog. Its not time yet to get the fall blazers out, at such times a light weight thin fabric blazer is a suitable alternative. This white blazer is one of my recent sale finds. I was not very keen on picking up a white blazer but the long lapels, the blazer's length and especially the light fabric which makes it very monsoon appropriate caught my interest.

 Also, I have never paired high waisted jeans with a long blazer hence I was eager to try this combination.To complete the look I have added a casual tank top, my favourite silver stacklaces (a word for stacked necklaces which I recently came across on Instagram) and platform heels. In case you want to know more about the stacked silver necklaces you can read this post Stacking Statements.

Hope I have given you enough reasons to steer away from low-cut jeans and enough pointers to embrace the high waist style. 

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Back to the Roots

Crop top - Masaba Gupta | Pleated Trousers - Zara | Midi Ring - Valliyan by Nitya Arora | Bag - Steve Madden | Shoes - Zara | Sunglasses - Marc Jacobs | Watch - Michael Kors | Lipstick - MAC Ruby Woo | Nails - Maybelline Color Show Keep up the flame

Crop tops have seen a major revival.These cute crop tops I don't think  are going out of trend any sooner. Everyone seems to be too comfortable with crop tops.Crop tops in my opinion when styled correctly can be versatile and flattering.I have already styled a cute crop top with a maxi skirt here and also a cropped shirt here.This time I decided to pair it with high rise pleated trousers.To make the look stylish and chic I have added statement accessories and heels.To turn this look into a casual one, one could go sans any heavy jewellery and add flat sandals and a tote.

Sometimes while putting an outfit together selecting a neutral item and later working bold pieces around it is an apt way.When you have a nice bold print, mixing it with a neutral piece helps in maintaining subtleness in the outfit.

I didn't settle for the regular conventional solid, floral or logo crop tops, something bold which would make a statement was what I was looking for.Seldom you come across pieces with Indian ethnic traits which remind you of your roots and yet can be carried so effortlessly in a western look.The striking modern take on these ethnic symbols grabbed my attention.The rich fabric and the vibrant colour make it more appealing. With such crop tops you can go both traditional or western.

You guys already know what a midi rings buff I am.This beautiful statement midi ring is the newest addition to my midi ring stash.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Monsoon Brights

Top,Pants - Zara | Bag - Dorothy Perkins from Jabong.com | Midi Rings - Aldo | Pearl Bracelet - Zara | On my nails - Maybelline Feisty Fuschia

I have this love hate relationship with rains and this year we have been waiting for monsoons with much anticipation.I do love the sweet smell of earth when the first showers hit the ground and also heavy rains but only when I am sitting at home sipping some green tea.Every time it rains I just dread getting out of the house.In monsoons for me there is no such day as a good hair day.It is quite a dilemma on how to arrive anywhere looking presentable.

During monsoons, it is better to be cautious about what outfit, make up and accessories you choose.The emphasis should be more on no fuss comfortable clothing.Adding a dose of rich vibrant colours to otherwise dull day is the way to go.Its best to wear easily drying light fabrics in monsoon.In monsoon again its difficult to wear denims and thats why I picked these light fabric blue pants for this post.Its bright to counter a dull day and the fabric is light and dries easily.Blue and black&white is a classic combination you can never go wrong with it.Monsoons bring dark gloomy days, so to cheer up your mood bring out those bold polka dots, aztec, geometric prints.Now coming to these black heels I have worn these because the look required it otherwise we cannot wear anything other than monsoon friendly footwear.

And as every year I do I am reminding myself not to stay gloomy like the weather but welcome the beautiful rains with a happy and cheerful face and also hopefully enjoy them till they last. 
Keep the above tips in mind dont let the rains be a dampener and hit the monsoons in style.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Fashionlivre and Maybelline Popular Trendsetter

If you guys have seen my recent posts on Instagram and Facebook you must have seen this beautiful Maybelline Insta Glam Box Wedding Edition which I received for winning the Popular Trendsetter title of Fashionlivre and Maybelline India Summer Contest.

The Maybelline Insta Glam Box Wedding Edition

After a little research and going through many beauty blogs looking at the excitement and good reviews about this box I thought of reviewing it.Maybelline India periodically comes up with these boxes before this it was the Christmas box then the Valentine Box.They launched these Instaglam Wedding boxes around April or May I guess, right in time for the wedding season.There are 3 versions of these wedding boxes Red, Pink and Coral all comprising 7 products based on the version of the box.

I received the Pink box which has products in various hues of pink and shades which compliment pink.

The contents of the Pink Box are:

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal 12 Hour Smudge Free 

Maybelline Volume Express Hyper Curl Mascara 

Maybelline Color Show Eye Liner 03 – Ocean Blue 

Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush – Peachy Sweetie 

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Polish Glam 9 

Maybelline Diamond Glow Eye Shadow – Wine Pink 

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer – Feisty Fuschia 

The packaging is really nice.The box contains 7 products with which you can create both day and night looks.Total price of all the products comes to Rs.2010.But this box comes with a special price of Rs. 1499.Its ideal for gifting someone.

Along with winning this box I had the opportunity to give a interview for the   Fashionlivre Speak section.I thoroughly enjoyed answering the questions.I have posted a few questions of the interview, for the full interview head to FashionLivre

“Fashionlivre Popular Trendsetter,” how does winning the title feel?
Feels great! That’s one really cool title.

What was the inspiration behind “Styllogue”?
My decision to start a blog was not a planned one. After completing my engineering degree and working for almost a year, I wanted to take up something creative without having to give up my job. I used to make fashion outfit sets on Polyvore like a hobby and save them on my phone, not even publish them. After sometime, I realized the content and outfit ideas were share worthy and that is how I ended up starting Styllogue.

Your blog enjoys a very favourable popularity and your looks are always loved by your followers. How does it feel to be a style icon?
It’s a responsibility; at the same time it feels good that you are inspiring people to try new things with fashion.

Your blog recently completed a successful year and you’ve enjoyed a remarkable level of appreciation. To what do you attribute this success?
Of course to my very small team, my close ones who have supported me and my lovely readers and followers who religiously read and follow Styllogue. It’s more than I could’ve ever asked for, feels great to achieve this milestone.
What is the number one fashion and beauty mantra you swear by?
Fashion mantra - when in doubt wear black. Beauty mantra would be - concentrate more on maintaining a healthy skin and body.

You complement your fabulous looks by choosing an equally fabulous location for your photos. How much work does it take to plan and prepare for a photo shoot?
Choosing the location for a post is a pretty difficult task. Even though you get a beautiful location, it’s not necessary it will go well with the outfit. We choose locations keeping in mind the theme of the outfit.

For the full interview head to FashionLivre

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Stacking Statements

How to : Stack Statement Necklaces

I am very fond of accessories statement necklaces,rings and all other type of accessories.While I have been mostly flaunting statement rings on the blog I am very fond of statement neck pieces also.This post is entirely dedicated towards my love for accessories I would rather say chunky necklaces.
And of course  when stacked silver necklaces are talked about one cannot ignore DylanLex silver necklaces.Even before I was introduced to these dylanlex statement necklaces I was very fond of such type of silver jewellery. Around the globe, this type of jewellery can be found in many cultures Indian, African, Tibetan, Turkish etc each having their distinctive cultural traits in the designs.In India such jewellery is more popular in Gujarati and Rajasthani cultures and also few northern regions.

Here I have layered four necklaces out of which two are DIYs necklaces.I have been working on the two DIY necklaces for more than a month now and have worked really hard on them and that's why this post is very close to my heart. Assembling them did take a lot of time, but finding the right pieces took ages.Both the DIY necklaces are made from anklets and not from necklaces.I found it easier to work with anklets instead of necklaces.I went for Diy necklace because I had this particular design in mind and I didn't  want to compromise on the design and that is the essence of such necklaces.You need to have a specific design in your mind.
I really like this concept of stacked jewellery. Stacking jewellry is a delicate art form.There has to be a symphony of necklaces, uneven necklaces will just look garish and bizarre. Previously I have tried stacked rings and now I am trying my hand at stacked necklaces.Here is a quick crash course on how I have stacked these necklaces.

The base : Decide you base necklace carefully. The base necklace and the second necklace have to be a winner. It does not matter if you layer anything above or below these two necklaces will pave the way for the remaining necklaces.

Necklace 1 : Diy necklace made with anklets.

Necklace 2 : The coin necklace this one is a proper necklace and is borrowed from dear Mom's closet.

Necklace 3 : Diy necklace made from anklets.I have disfigured it so much that no one can tell these were anklets once.

Necklace 4 : Now even though this necklace goes on the top it is not the base necklace its like adding garnish to a dish just to complete the look.Is have altered the length of the chain so that it fits exactly before the base necklace.

One advice I would give for picking up such silver necklaces that is look for detailing on it.The design on the necklaces is what steals the show.While layering alter the lengths in case some necklace is not according to the required length.
So here you have some major stacked statement necklaces.And stack only that many necklaces you are comfortable with because it can get really heavy.The Diy necklaces have turned out better than I had expected and I will keep sharing different combinations with these necklaces on Instagram. 

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