Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Postcards from my Instagram feed - June 2013

Hello folks! Im visiting my blog after looong.. and the number of visitors to my blog has significantly dropped :((. Serves me right for not being active. But I've been busy with work and some other things including a short holiday to Goa!! And Ill be writing about this monsoon getaway of mine very soon. But before that I have to share my Instagram pictures from June that talk about the things and places I explored last month. Here you go:

This super blurry picture was taken from my car while my brother was driving in one of South Mumbai's rainy lanes.How can any post in June/July not talk about the monsoons. Some may find the Mumbai rains romantic and some may love the weather. But me - I just think they cause a lot of inconvenience, especially if you rely on public transport like autos/taxis and generally add to the whole mess around. I can go on cribbing. But I shall not. I know our Eco system needs them. So rain gods please do the needful! 

There's new bar in Bandra, Mumbai called The Daily that is slowly becoming my favourite. I have already been there 4 times in the last 2 months. Its small, hip, with good music and yes expensive drinks. Pictured here is my favourite drink of the moment Sangria accompanied by some cheesy Jalapeno poppers. Yum!

Talking of bars here is a picture I took in Ladies' room of Irish house. The place is full of these posters and coasters with these quirky one liners and some good music too.

I am a foodie! I love my food and I love trying new cuisines, new restaurants. Not just because I get to eat something new but also because I get to talk about it with people and then I like asking "Oh have you been here?" Delhi's Mamagoto has finally opened in Mumbai in Bandra. My first visit there left me quite happy with their twist in South Asian food. And yes a picture for me to talk about :)

Here's a glimpse of my Goa trip. this picture was taken during sunset at Curlies, Anjuna Beach. While the beauty of sunset was majorly covered by the gloomy clouds.. the entire feel of being at a beach in Goa just made up for it. Shall talk about my trip in detail in my next post.

Are you on Instagram. Do share your handle would love to follow you. Mine is http://instagram.com/rajvibhow

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to wear red lipstick and not look dramatic!!

I know Red is old news. Infact the rest of the bloggers are done with reviewing red lipsticks, claiming their love for Mac's Ruby Woo and Scarlet Ibis and have moved on to the other colours.

But how many times have you excitedly applied red lipstick and then wiped it off thinking it gives clown lips or for the lack of a better word makes you look OTT and trashy. Well welcome to the club!

Like the rest of the world I too bought a lot of red shades, to find my 'the one' as mentioned in my earlier post Colorbar's Hearts and Tarts is the one that suits my yellow skin the most. However, that was not the end of the problem. When wearing red I am always confused what makeup to pair it with. Especially with Indian wear (read while attending weddings) just a lipstick with no other makeup looks to plain no? I know the trick is to always pair bright lips with muted eyes but even a simple Kajal, eyeliner and neutral shadow would look to stark on the face. So I did some experimentation at home, and after some trials and errors here's what I found:

  • Always wear red in the matte form
  • Skip kajal completely or apply a very thin line
  • Apply eyeliner thinly and a thin cost of mascara
  • Use only neutral eyeshadows like gold or copper
  • Use a very neutral blush bordering on coral/brown
I also googled some pictures of actresses wearing red for inspiration that led me to this conclusion, here are they:

I tried this look on myself and here are my pictures:

With flash

Without flash

The products I used

  1. Colorbar Hearts & Tarts lipstick mixed with Colorbar Obsessed with Orange lipstick to give that slight orangey tint
  2. The brown eyeshadow from the Lakme 4 in 1 Eyeshadow quartet - Silk Route
  3. L'oreal Trumatch Blush - Pink Grapefruit
  4. Revlon Lash Fantasy Mascara
  5. Benefit High Beam highlighter
  6. Chambor dark brown eyepencil - to line my lower eye lid (instead of black kaajal)
  7. Avon eyebrow filler

Missed on clicking my foundation and finishing powder - Used Mac Studio Sculpt N30 and Loose Powder N30

What do you couple your red lipstick with? I would love to hear. Do drop your inputs in my comments box