The ultimate hair styling guide for every bride and groom-to-be for their D-day

So, your big day is just around the corner, and it’s no surprise that you have been caught up in a whirlwind of tasks and checklists; from zeroing on that perfect caterer to trousseau shopping, I am sure there has never been a dull moment for you. But let’s get your priorities in order. While all these might be important, what needs the most attention is you, and that includes fixing up an appointment with your hairstylist to lock down the style that you would want to sport on your wedding day; because while you might think you have a lot of time left, chances are the style you are coveting might not work for your hair cut or hair length.

Lucky for you, we have done the homework for you. We paid a visit to Advanced Hair Studio in Mumbai and had a chat with the stylists who gave us brilliant ideas on how to style hair this wedding season. For the uninitiated, Advanced Hair Studio is the world’s first and largest hair Replacement and hair re-growth company having a global spread of 300+ studios. In addition to the various innovative procedures they have, they also provide styling ideas that will make you look like the belle of the ball on your big day!

Scroll down below for all the deets.

For the bride: Flash Points/Hair extension technique

The thing that I have also personally noticed is that most girls veer towards longer hair length or express the desire to grow out their hair ahead of the wedding date. However we all know how difficult it is to do that in such a short frame. Well the good news is that there are always hair extensions; which contrary to what people say are not that difficult to maintain. Advanced Hair Studio offers ‘Flashpoints’ which is the latest hair extension procedure across the globe. Unlike traditional techniques, they use micro-cylinders which do not cause damage to your hair.

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Additionally, the stylist also used the product, Restructurer B5 which is a hydrating, spray on conditioner with advanced revitalising complex that helps strengthen and condition the hair. It also helps protect hair and scalp form harmful UV rays.

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For the groom: Styling with water wax and hair control shaper

While there are many styling products available in the market, these products from Advanced Hair Studio give an au natural look without coming off as too over done and cakey. Additionally, they also don’t spoil the texture of the hair unlike the other products which can make your hair look really stiff.

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So what are you waiting for? Book an appointment with the stylists soon!

All the products are available across all the outlets of Advanced Hair Studio.

What’s hot: Beauty edit

Festive season is just around the corner and I am on a shopping mode. Since beauty products are my weakness, I have been hunting for some really cool stuff. Lucky for me, the recent launches hits the right spot. If you are a beauty junkie like me, you will love these too.

Maybelline New York’s Fit Me! Matte + Poreless powder

If its a matte look that you are going for, try the Maybelline New York’s Fit Me! Matte + Poreless powder which provides a superior coverage and absorbs oils and sweat from the skin. It also comprises of blurring micro-powders that makes pores disappear. It lasts for around 16 hours no less and blends flawlessly in the skin. Its available in 6 different shades that is perfect match for every Indian skin tone.

Price: Rs 475

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Bobbi Brown Instant confidence stick

How many times have we all wished for a magic eraser that would take care of all the skin imperfections in a heartbeat? well, ladies all our wishes have come true. Bobbi Brown has launched Bobbi Brown Instant confidence stick that instantly blurs lines and imperfections in just one swipe and also helps improve the skin texture. The silky formula glides onto the skin for a naturally flawless finish.

Price: Rs 3,700

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Avène Clearance Expert

Eliminate blackheads, spots and smoothen skin texture and reduce excess sebum with the Avène Clearance Expert that helps reduce blackheads and smoothens skin texture. Best for acne-prone sensitive skin (mild to moderate blemishes – spots -blackheads), Cleanance Expert perfects skin texture by adding hydration, comfort and mattifying action.

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Review- Mirabella Bar & Kitchen

If you are bored of similar styled jaded lounges, then Mirabella is like a breathe of fresh air in the nightlife space. Designed with a rustic flair, this cosy and quaint European style cafe will transport you to Spain or Italy in a jiffy. Illuminated with twinkling fairy lights and romantic candles, this charming, hip resto-bar with non-traditional influences and global music is great for a date night or just a stylish evening out with friends.

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To capture the place in its true element we decided to visit it on a Saturday evening; we flagged off the evening with a few house special cocktails such as the Drunk Maghai Paan, Chamomile Sunset, Melon Cooler and the Nutty Martini all of which we were flavorful, potent and presented in a quirky fashion. As accompaniments, we ordered the hummus with grilled vegetables and the rainbow bagel with cream cheese, both of which were highly recommended by the server. While we couldn’t stop raving about the delicious smoky hummus, the bagel didn’t pair well with our cocktails.

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Moving on to the mains, we tried the tofu thai red curry served with steamed rice, mushroom barley risotto from the healthy menu (for the calorie conscious) and eggplant parmesan pizza, all of which were delicious and hit the right cord. We especially liked the concept of healthy menu, small plates and half plates which offers the diners to choose from low calorific bites and explore the extensive menu.

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We rounded up the evening with the delicious raspberry rose chia pudding which was well balanced and a perfect ending to the well curated meal.

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Highlight and contour like a pro

Glossy, luminous skin is the current rage this season, both on or off the ramp. Dewy, sun kissed skin with a touch of highlighter can take your look from 1 to 10 in a jiffy and can work both for day and night. However if you think, it takes a lot of effort, then you can’t be more wrong. I have put together a guide on how to ace the look with just five products.

My finished look:

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These are the products that I have used which work for me beautifully.

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  1. Loreal Paris True Match Genius in gold Vanilla
  2. Nyx Conceal correct contour (light/clair)
  3. Nyx highlight and sculpt face duo visage
  4. Stila Sun bronzing powder
  5. Nyx wonder stick

Method:

  1. Start by applying Loreal Paris True Match Genius in gold Vanilla on well moisturised skin.
  2. Next blend in the Nyx concealer under your eyes to brighten them up. You can also apply on any marks or blemishes, and blend it for a flawless complexion.
  3. Next apply the highlighter end of the Nyx wonder stick between your eyebrows, under your eyes, on the cupids bow, jawline and bridge of the nose. Next, apply the contour end of the stick on your cheekbones and around the face. Dab and blend.
  4. For more definition, layer this with Nyx Conceal correct contour stick. (same technique)
  5. Swipe some Stila bronzing powder on your cheekbones for a finishing touch.

How to wear a statement necklace

Accessories are a girl’s best friend. It’s amazing how a pair of quirky earrings or a tribal necklace can spice up any outfit in a jiffy. You might be wearing the perfect dress but a gorgeous accessory can really finish off your look in the way you always wanted. All you need is an exotic piece that will make heads turn and bring together your other outfit components together.

While some people love earrings, a statement necklace works for me better. And what I found recently in Jabong really stole my heart away as it literally had all my favourite things all in one piece.

  • A cute inscription
  • Metallic
  • Not too shiny that you cant wear it during the day

Check it out

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

True to its name, the shining Diva Golden Alloy necklace will make you look like a diva in a heartbeat. Not for the faint hearted, the necklace will serve its purpose.. i.e. make a statement wherever you go. I also love the ‘faith’ inscription on the necklace. So cute!

What’s it made of: This metallic necklace is made from alloy and is durable and skin friendly. I didn’t get any skin irritations or rashes unlike other metallic pieces which can cause skin allergies.

How to wear it: The necklace will look great for both a day and night look when paired with trendy western outfits. For a day look we suggest pairing this piece with a white playsuit and a light cape to brighten up the day in style. For a glamorous night out, layer this necklace with a black maxi dress or a wrap dress. Remember to keep the rest of the look minimal and let the necklace be the highlight of your look. If Indian is your style, then pair this gorgeous piece with a saree and you will be the belle of the ball.

Buy it here.

Review-Lakme Absolute Sculpt Matte Lipstick

Jabong needs no introduction at all; if you love online shopping, this will be your answer to all your shopping woes- and that from the comfort of your home no less!! What I love about Jabong, is that they have a wide range of brands, spanning from the stylish international high street brands to the glamorous high end designer brands. So, when Jabong approached me with a voucher to indulge in some shopping therapy of my own, I was really excited and decided to give you guys a sneak peak into what pretty things they have.

I am a sucker for beauty products so the first thing I decided to invest my money on was a nice matte lipstick.. and what can be better than the range of Lakme Absolute Sculpt Matte Lipstick. I am really not very fond of lip gloss these days. I feel matte lipsticks really sculpt our lips well and give it a fabulous definition.

Product- Lakme absolute matte lipstick in Peach Pout

From the Lakme store in Jabong

Buy it here

Cost: Rs 700 for 3.7 gms

 

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About the product: The lipstick is really creamy and high on pigmentation so one swipe of the product will be more than enough to give your lips the required colour. The matte texture and finish offers a chiseled and contoured perfection to your lips. The lipstick comes in a grey tube topped with a transparent cap which makes it easier to spot the colour (especially if you have more than one)!

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About the shade: If you are a fan of the peach shade, then this is definitely for you. It will look great both on fair and slightly dusky complexions. The peach pout is a pretty colour with coral hues which makes it brighter than the usual pastel counterparts. It has absolutely no shimmer to it, making it an ideal choice. The lipstick itself is really creamy and unlike other matte lipsticks moisturizes your lips (yay no drying). Even post layering your lips with multiple swipes, it doesn’t feel heavy at all!

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Staying power: It has a high staying power and usually lasts for atleast 3-4 hours and observes gradual fading owing to drinking/eating etc. It will easily go from day to night with a few touch-ups.

Beauty Tip: Wear it with kohled eyes, a light blush and perfected skin.

Whiskraft whisked pure magic at the sweet and tipsy bazaar!!

If you are a foodie like me, then food bazaars are one of the best places to put your palette to test. In a city like Mumbai, where food is taken really seriously, there is no dearth of delicious little pop-ups springing up during the weekends. Recently The little door, Andheri hosted ‘The sweet and tipsy Bazaar’, which brought together Mumbai’s best home bakers, patisseries etc under one roof which gave us a much awaited chance to sample some of the sugary treats. The sheer display of delicious cakes, cupcakes, cake jars, cookies, brownies, ice cream, waffles, chocolates was enough to put me on a sugar rush. There were a number of talented home bakers who would have given any shop a run for their money; whiskraft was definitely one of them. Their stall was full of these cake jars which looked so pretty and tasted just as awesome.

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Pranita Potnis, who is the magic behind these jars is an all star baker. The flavours on display were – Orange tang, nutella crunch, choco-whiskey and rainbow velvet. Being partial to both whiskey and chocolate, choco-whiskey was my most obvious choice, followed by orange tang for some fruity freshness.

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Both the jars were as delicious as I had imagined. The cakes were moist with perfect layers of cream complimenting the overall flavour. While the choco-whiskey was strong and dark, the orange tang had a nice burst of fruity flavour. I loved it, all the more since it is so difficult to get a nice orange cake these days. The best part about cake jars? You dig your spoon in and don’t stop till you are finished 😀

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In addition to the desserts, I also bought a singaporean garlic chilli sauce from the Pune Farmers Market.  The dip was delicious and I intend to stock up on some more flavours ( PS: I have my eye on the moroccan harissa).

For all the thirsty souls, there was a line up of beers and some of the best innovative cocktails at awesomely discounted rates. Lots of finger food, pasta and pizzas to hog the afternoon away. I already waiting for the next pop-up.. Hope that happens soon!!

Fashion’s Day out at ‘Out of the Box’

Curated fashion and lifestyle exhibitions have become the order of the day with the city buzzing with different gorgeous popups almost every week. There is something exciting about these events where you can put your best eye forward and score some really unique and quirky stuff to add to your wardrobe. Recently I attended the Out of the Box exhibition by ‘Celebrity Safes’ held at Tote on the Turf, Mahalakshmi and enjoyed every moment of it. Out Of The Box is a luxury lifestyle exhibition for upcoming and established entrepreneurs from the fashion, décor and gourmet industry. They have handpicked homegrown brands from across India to give the consumers a unique shopping experience all under one roof.

Though it was around 2 PM on a weekday when I entered Tote, the place was buzzing with shoppers, collegians, bloggers etc. Most of the stalls were laden with pre-festive goodies and I could see people lapping it up. Ladies were hauling over-flowing shopping bags around and there was a sound of organized chaos in the vicinity. Though the flow of shoppers were non-stop there was no sign of frantic disarray which I whole heartedly appreciated. I weaved through the crowd to check out the stalls. From shoes to jewellery, maxi tops, embroidered tunics, bejeweled bags to organic skin products, candles, massages and paintings, Out of the box had something for everyone. In addition to fashion and lifestyle there were delicious food stalls to satiate the hunger from hours of bargain hunting. There was a light music playing in the background further upping the shopping experience. I met some of the designers who were enthusiastic to talk about their collections and scoured through some awesome stalls for some really unique must have pieces.

Here are some of the stalls that caught my eye:

Pretty slings and clutches by Aaks Accessories (Mumbai based). These are ultra cute and very vintage. The embellishments are a work of pure art!!

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The delightful collection from Broderie (Mumbai based) is a festive must-have. The colour palette and their range of tunics and tops are really chic. They specialize in premium quality customized embroidery and tailoring.

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These gorgeous accessories from the House of BioThey have some really luxe bags and accessories. The cuffs and the statement neck-pieces is every fashionistas dream

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Paintings by Ketan Jawdekar

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In addition to music, shopping and laughter, Out of the Box is also encouraging people to shop for a cause where in a part of the proceeds from the exhibition will be going towards the empowerment of women and education of the girl child. Not only will a portion of the sales be donated to worthy causes, but we could also interact with NGO’s Asha Sadan, Savera, Sai NGO cancer support, Helping Hand Foundation, Deeds, Supavitram and Ismailia Helping Society, who were participating at the event. These organisations have been actively doing humanitarian work for children, women and senior citizens.

What I like most about these popups are the customized products that you stumble on. Also you get to buy products from these quirky brands which aren’t always available online. So if you are a shopping addict like me, these pop-ups will be your dream come true for sure. Eagerly waiting for the second edition!!

The ring story..

Accessories are an essential part of a daily outfit. It has the power to change a basic t-shirt into something very gorgeous in a minute. While neckpieces and handcuffs are the primary go to for us, we often overlook the dainty finger rings which are just as equally important. ‘Good things come in small packages’ is one apt quote for these beauties. Currently the market is flooded with rings of all shapes and sizes- midi rings to cocktail rings, embellished, with pearls, stones etc. In short everything that you little heart desires.

I personally favor statement rings with intricate work or something with pearls. While the pearls could be worn for a day look and instantly add a touch of class to your ootd, the statement rings look great for an evening look. Below are some of my more recent looks with the current must-haves this season.

  1. This pearl and lip ring will add just the correct amount of jazz and class to any outfit.

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2. This Filigree detailed ring reminds me of all things vintage. Very royal, very pretty

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Ring: Atelier Mon (Available in Pernia’s pop-up shop)

3. The jeweled lip ring is blingy and sparkly. Best for painting the town red

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Ring: Style fiesta

This new 60 second make up kit from Faces & Trunk Label is exactly what the stylist ordered!!

Recently Faces Canada arranged a bloggers meet to introduce us to this newly launched makeup kit in collaboration with ‘The Trunk Label’. Being a sucker for make up and accessories, I welcomed this concept as it is fresh and will work really well for people who are always on the run. The event was fun with bloggers getting to know the product better as well as get a chance to experiment with the different looks that were displayed.

About the Makeup kit: 

The 60 second makeup kit has been designed by Bipasha Basu herself. These 5 trend inspired It kits comprises of trendy makeup essentials from FACES Canada and head-turning statement jewels from ‘TheTrunkLabel’ to get you ready for the world in 60 seconds flat. Ready to rule the world ladies…

What are the five looks?

1. Azure mermaid

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The look is very tropical and reminds me of the beautiful ocean. The kit contains:

FACES Ultime Pro Lip Crème Nude Mojito 4.6 ml
FACES I Shine E/S Quartet Blue 4 g
FACES Glam On Perfect Noir Eyeliner Black 3.8 ml
FACES Glam On Blush Cocktail Peach 5 gm
TheTrunkLabel NEELAM Necklace
Gold Pouch

Recommended for: Gorgeous beach vacations

Buy it here

2. The Glam Godess

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This is hands down my favourite look and this is what I also got from them. The kit contains:

FACES Hi Shine Nail Enamel Bombay Lights 9ml
FACES Glam On Color Perfect Lipstick Bare Again 3.5gm
FACES Glam On Blush Gold Dust 5 gm
FACES Glam On Color Perfect Palett Captivate 6 gm
TheTrunkLabel GOLDIE Necklace
Gold Pouch
Recommended for: The glittering cocktail party.
Buy it here.
 3. Floral Darling
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This kit is pure floral chic. Its perfect to create a day look. The kit contains:
FACES Hishine Nail Enamel True Peach 9 ml
FACES Ultime Pro Longwear Lipstick Pretty Me 2.5 gm
FACES Eye Pencil Metal Brown 1.2 g
FACES Glam On Blush Coral Pink 5 gm
TheTrunkLabel ROSA Ring & Bracelet Set
Gold Pouch
Recommended for: Sunday brunches
Buy it here
4. Midnight Siren
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This look is bold personified. The pearl necklace is to die for.. The kit contains:
FACES Ultime Pro Lip Crème Red Mary 4.6 ml
FACES Ultime Pro Longwear Lipstick Red Addict 2.5 gm
FACES Eye Pencil Solid Black 1.2 g
FACES Nail Enamel Tinted Red 9ml
TheTrunkLabel PERLA Necklace
Recommended for: Painting the town red
Buy it here
5. Pop Princess
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Another day look. If you love pop colors and candies then this is perfect for you. The kit contains:
FACES Nail Enamel Matte Ibiza 9ml
FACES Nail Enamel Matte Firestick 9ml
FACES Hi Shine Nail Enamel Envy 9ml
FACES Hi Shine Nail Enamel Enchanted 9ml
FACES Hishine Nail Enamel Lemon Fizz 9 ml
FACES Nail Enamel Invisible Mermaid 9 ml
FACES Nail Enamel Remover Transparent 30 ml
TheTrunkLabel MADONNA Necklace
Gold Pouch
Recommended for: People gazing at cute cafes!!
Buy it here
Which is you favourite look?