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Banarasi Babes ♥

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Happy New year to all my dolls! I hope you have started the New Year with a fresh mindset, clear motives and clean objectives ready to conquer whatever challenges that may come your way!

So excited to be writing this much awaited post, as after months and months of organising and planning a close family wedding, finding the ‘right thing to wear’ for oneself always feels exciting as well as daunting. Exciting because I can dictate what my sister can wear and without a choice she has to agree 😀 Daunting, because typically in an Asian wedding everyone is always looking glamorous and trying to find something ‘unique’ can be a huge challenge. I am also sure some of you can relate!

The theme that I planned for the wedding (uncles wedding): Jhodaa Akbar (movie) taking ideas of fashion from the 15th century Indian Mughal Empire era. Psst! Watch the movie if you haven’t already 😉

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Right, theme chosen, now the clothes!

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After visiting the Pakistan Fashion show earlier this year, I came across Faika Collection during that time which showcased elegant regal looking attires which I always wanted to own, but didn’t have a reason to own. You know the whole issue with lack of wardrobe space; no upcoming events etc…Then, it all fell into place when a family wedding was happening and Faika was going to be a part of the celebration!

However, Faika Collection is based in Bradford, I am from London. To travel up North with extortionate rail fares wasn’t my cup of tea, but to my advantage when I checked their Instagram post (back in summer) I was lucky to find that they were doing a London pop-up exhibition at the Royal Garden Hotel. As ecstatic as you can imagine I was, grabbed my sister put the gas down and went to visit Faika Collection’s pop-up.

Here is what we chose:

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We picked 2 pieces of beautiful Jacquard Banarasi Lenghas: one in emerald green and gold jacquard style (which I wore) and sisters was black on gold jacquard style. The tops were plain black soft velvet with pearl buttons running down both sleeves. The Lenghas also came with chiffon duppattas. However on this photo, we have created and designed our own dupattas to go with our Mughal theme.

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Inspiration to drape the dupatta had also come from the Mughal era, where it is tucked at the waist and draped over the shoulders. If you have a theme for an event from a historic period, always do slight research to authenticate your entire look. It also gives you vision on the colours and style of accessories to choose from!

I ought to mention the type of shoes you must wear when wearing any type of Banarasi material – this is crucial! Due to the heavy brocade skirt, the silk weaving on the reverse side of the lengha pulls/tugs at the fancy diamante shoes; please ensure you wear plain/plain glam shoes without the crystals as you can ruin your skirt! Not pictured – I wore glittered heeled shoes.

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The Faika Collection Lenghas are elegant in style and a sleek ensemble. The best thing about the skirt is that it has pockets – yes! A very handy feature especially on Asian clothes which is quite different.

For the Asian women, Lengha co-ords is the smart ‘black-tie’ of outfits for every special occasion.

The eye catching Banarasi material was the perfect choice for this beautiful regal skirt as it was soft, very fine and absolutely comfortable. Due to its soft nature, the skirt was flowing beautifully as a lengha should, it was not stiff and the cut of the Lengha was much appreciated.

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However, my brother was not following the Moghal theme and opted for a contemporary dinner suit to staple a cold Autumn wedding.

Tip to trousers in Ted Baker and Shoes from ASOS.

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It is all in the details

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Looking for the perfect accessory to go with your outfit and theme can also be a huge challenge. From countless of searches in-store and online, we were on the verge of picking something very random. However luckily, I stumbled across Innaya Couture on Instagram and found a beautiful necklace.

From Innaya Couture, we have purchased their Mughal Kundan 7 tier necklace which complimented our Banarasi outfits.

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The “Ball and chain” weapon on my sisters wrist is actually a cute looking handbag :p This is from Southall – almost found in any accessories store.

The ladies at Faika Collection done a tremendous job in delivering what I wanted. Even though they were up north (Bradford) they ensured my requirements were met and truthfully, I was quite a troublesome customer – no joke! The only problem you will face if you order from any clothing stores which are far away is the fitting! Of course, if it is custom made the measurements can typically go wrong therefore Faika recommends to go in-store for fitting. So bear this in mind!

Do check out Faika Collection for their latest Istanbul Collection (very gorgeous…need another event to wear one of those!) and stay tuned for more!

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Kiss Cosmetics – Locked Lips; Exclusive!

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Open up and read this blog post about our exclusive ‘never seen before’ review on lip products by a new British niche ‘lip focused colour cosmetics brand’ Kiss Cosmetics

Kiss Cosmetics specialises in quality lip products focusing solely on lips for all skin-tones (finally a brand that cares!). They also cater for the “not so much” to “I’m very confident” dolls. Kiss Cosmetics have entered the market at the right time as lips have become a hot topic thanks to trend-setters like Kylie Jenner!

The development of the Kiss Cosmetics product has been influenced and shaped by one of many key stakeholders – Beauty Bloggers (bbloggers) and Make-up Artists alike. Kiss Cosmetics ensured to involve feedback where possible to bring the most realistic and best products into the market!

Just to add, for my brand conscious dolls, Kiss Cosmetics IS a local British Brand; therefore for those who are actively boycotting bigger beauty brands (*Estee Lauder group*) can find Kiss Cosmetics as a safer alternative. 😉

*We have been given Locked Lips to trial alongside the mini KISStick.*

Locked Lip. Lip Sealant

Kiss Cosmetics Locked Lips RRP £3.50 @ 3.1ml/0.1fl.oz

Here is the Locked Lips. As the name states, it is a lip sealant to keep your lipstick woes at bay to ensure that lipsticks don’t cross the line and stay within your pout! So, when you’re drinking tea (like me)  or biting into a messy burger (like me again) you should be confident that your lip colour is ‘locked down’ and truly put.

The Locked Lips is due to launch online on 29th April, 2015.

Locked Lips comes in a glass container (3.1ml) with a nail polish brush attached for use. For those who love the smell of nail polish, you will enjoy this smell! For those who dislike strong scents, unfortunately this lip sealant is slightly strong in smell.

Here are the ingredients:

Locked Lips; Kiss Cosmetics

Ingrediants: Alcahol Denant, Aqua (Water), Acrylates/Ethylhexylacrylamide Copolymer, Flavour (Aroma),Benzyl Alcahol

You need to ensure your lips are fully hydrated and not dry/chapped or cracked as the lip seal contains preserving alcohols which naturally gives a burning sensation. Please ensure you hydrate your lips before use!

How I Used This Product – PLUS a mini lip tutorial =D

  1. Once lips are hydrated (I use L’Occitane Lip Balm for hydration) I dust translucent powder on top of my lips to lock in moisture from the balm;
  2. Use your favourite lip liner to line your lips. Here is one method to lining your lips:
Rimmel Lip Liner

Rimmel London: Tips and Tricks

  1. Using Kiss Cosmetics KISStick in Frisky Fuchsia fill your lips;
  2. Blot the KISStick on tissue paper then dab and fill the lips with Locked Lips and wait for 1 min;
  3. THEN…as we say on Belle Amour > Pout. Wink… and Kiss! Voilla! You now have ‘woe free’ Locked Lips for 10 hours (trailed and tested), so be confident!

Personal Experience, Feedback and Tips:

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We have used the Locked Lips for 3 consecutive days to bring you first-hand reliable feedback. Here are some main points we have experienced and found:

– Just like any other sealant, the Locked Lips is quite sticky when wet, so, if you close your lips early you may get slightly stuck. Do not close your mouth and allow 1 min to dry;

– Locked Lips gives a tingling sensation to the lips; for the dolls who love a plumpy pout, this can be in your aid!

– Once Locked Lips is applied, it provides an additional shiny glazed finish to the lips;

– After 4-5 hours, the thin film of Locked Lips looses its glazing shine and lipstick starts feeling matte yet slightly moisturised but not drying;

– Locked Lips showed no signs of cracking, peeling and does not leave a bitter taste on your lips;

  • Make-Up Artist Tip: Increase the longevity of your client’s lipstick. Pour 2 drops of Locked Lips on a palette, use a synthetic lip brush and dab the product on your client’s lips 🙂

– Due to Denatured Alcohol being present in the ingredients, the nail polish brush stays hygienically clean as product build-up breaks down into smaller fragments. When using Locked Lips, it is apparent that the lipstick stain will transfer on the bristles; especially when you are switching between colours. Rest assured that interchanging lipsticks (when used in conjunction with Locked Lips) WILL NOT transfer onto your current colour.

For my busy dolls living a hectic life-style, topping your lips can be a pesky task. Sometimes I am booked with a day’s worth of meetings, therefore distancing myself from my desk vanity area. I have drank tea, ate foods to really give the Locked Lips a full-on trial.

Here is my tea cup, it has little harmless transfer:

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Kiss Cosmetics KISSTICK:

Alongside the Locked Lips, a mini KISSTICK was kindly given in the shade Frisky Fuchsia. The KISStick has finally been launched yesterday (22nd April) available in 10 shades and I was lucky to get my hands on one of these cruelty free lippys!

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KSL05 – KISStick – Frisky Fuchsia Now Available for purchase online

As I have an olive skin tone, this beautiful raspberry mid-toned shade went well with my skin-tone. Frisky Fuchsia is a pigmented creamy lipstick. For those who dislike matte lipsticks, you will enjoy the moisturising formula as it glides effortlessly on the lips.

Frisky Fuchsia Swatches:

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Without Flash (left)          |            With Flash (right)

Whip your lips to shape with Locked Lips and feel confident that it is cruelty free beauty. Work the pout and be wise with your money as you invest in a cost-effective yet a quality make-up brand; now that’s a compromise 😉

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Great Gatsby Inspired

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“Now I am old-fashioned. A woman, I consider, should be womanly. I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night, smokes like a chimney, and uses language which would make a billingsgate fishwoman blush!”

– The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ❤

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Nip + Fab

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Since college days (Ahh yes… The good old days!) , I’ve somewhat known about Nip + Fab products. How? (So you must be thinking…), my friends used to frequently post about their beauty hauls on Facebook status where I initially discovered this brand (so it subliminally imprinted on my brain since). I followed up to see where you can purchase Nip + Fab from – turned out only selected stores or their e-commerce site stocked them (wasn’t an Internet shopper back then).

A few months onwards, Glamour Magazine once featured their products on the health and beauty section and mentioned how Nip + Fab is one of the Celebrity beauty staples; vaguely remembering the singer Jamelia using it for cellulite/body lotion fix.

Just last week, I popped in to a bigger Superdrugs store and to my surprise, I stumbled across the ‘raved about’ Nip + Fab products. I was so excited to see this product being available AND stocked locally too that I had to pick at least two items up.

What came to my attention was the price, it was an absolute bargain! But that was quite strange when a few years earlier, I was not intrigued to purchase a £20 lotion (due to being a student and living that typical student life). Looks like their pricing and brand positioning strategies have changed.

As you can see from the above picture, I purchased the Nip+Fab Yoga Blend Body Lotion for only £4.25 (left) and the Nip+Fab Detox Blend Body Lotion also £4.25 🙂 we could not get lower than that back in my days (damn I feel so old -.-) !

The verdict : If you scan through the Superdrugs online store, under the Nip and Fab section, you will notice there are a few products ranging from £15+. I’m certainly laughing (in a good and happy way) as those same products were only available full price before and now they’re quite affordable and very cheap.

So far, I have used the Detox Body lotion and am liking the non-greasy feel and quick absorption.
It is 490ml so you cannot go wrong, even more because it comes with a pump which you can recycle if you must!

If you like the fresh scents of subtle tea tree or jasmine with that fresh scent of cucumber, then I am pretty sure you will like this lotion. OR, you may be like my cousin who put the bottle down after testing ‘ERGH! That smells like toilet freshener’. :/ either way dolls, test and smell before purchasing!

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Invitation for the Liz Earle and Latest in Beauty event

I had the pleasure of being invited to the exclusive event held by Liz Earle in their flagship store in Duke of York Square, London.

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Liz Earle – Duke Of York Square

It was a wonderful and somewhat festive evening (after work) as Liz Earle held the Christmas-themed event which included seasonal skincare hints and tips and expert advice from their brand and beauty ambassador Sarah Carr; not to mention the complimentary manicure, drinks and canapés!

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It was a beauty carousel; you tour each section of the store to be educated and to learn more about their products and services – yes services too! Liz Earle (bigger stores only across the UK) has treatment rooms with bespoke facial treatments in private sanctuaries – it is slightly steep on pricing, but hey, Christmas is coming up so you may want to hint it to someone OR purchase gift vouchers for this amazing experience (money well spent!).

While I toured the store with a Belle Amour team member, we met Sarah Carr (Brand and Beauty Ambassador) who gave us product recommendations based on our skin concern whereby my concern were blemishes and pimple prone skin. I admired how I was not forced to purchase Liz Earle products, but was rather an informative educating session.

My initial perception of Liz Earle being a ‘mature skincare brand’ certainly changed; as now to me, is a fragile botanical skincare ‘resuscitator’. :p

However, how can I attend these events and come empty handed? Ummm… well not me! I purchased a few items to trial out to see how my skin reacts and thereafter, Liz Earle kindly gave us goodie bags which was also a treat!

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Products purchased and received from Liz Earle goodie packs

So far, I have trailed out the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser & Instant Boost Skin Tonic. Eager to try out the latter, after work to help remove makeup and residue (which is always the biggest skincare chore); I directly massaged the cleanser on to my entire face – even the eyelids! To my surprise, my eyes did not sting as it was very soft and gentle on my skin. I took this to my advantage to massage a little harsher around my eye area as the bottle says it removed ‘…grime and even stubborn mascara’ – very impressive. However, I DO NOT recommend massaging like a crazy cat to my Dolls who have highly sensitive skin/eye areas.

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Liz Earle (right) Cleanse & Polish. Liz Earle (left) Instant Boost Skin Tonic

Once the cleanser was massaged I waited 5mins like a facial mask, prepped the cloth in warm tepid water then washed off the grime. The face felt nice and clean with no trace of makeup residue.

Finally, to finish off the program, with a cotton pad, I swept the facial tonic on face and neck to revitalise and tone the skin and did not bother moisturising as I did not feel the need to.

From my experience, if you are planning on owning any of the Liz Earle range, ensure the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth is your starting point.

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My Love for Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner

A part of being a Make-up Artist means investing in the right cosmetic brands that’ll aid your creativity with the provision of ease. Every doll looks for that ‘one’ eye-liner to help them with that perfect flick and seamless finish. Effortless, yet a quick fix to look great – just like a little black dress, but on your eyes…

A product which has been subliminally passing me by on Instagram and Space.NK has been all of Eyeko’s cosmetic ranges, especially their eye-liners which I could not resist!

Make-up Artist or not, us dolls who wear make-up, our basic cosmetic staple IS an eye-liner. This is the basic tool which empowers women to look effortlessly great !

I am (I am sure you are too…) always on the look out for great eye-liners, esp to help me with bridal make-up. I love the whole intensified black seamless finished look eye-liners create when worn on top of eye shadows.  Asian bridals in particular have a common traditional signature style; that is a bold, smokey framed look!

Popped into Selfridges to purchase the Alexa Chung Eye Do eyeliner £15. Whilst doing a tester, I was quite impressed by the swatch (yo…first impressions count). The intense black swatch grabbed my attention instantly and I had to ultimately own one.

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Alexa Chung Eye Do Eyeliner for £15

The colour pay off is intense and as the description goes (on their website), it does provide a carbon black stroke. What more is that it is waterproof!

Eyeko Alexa Chung Eye Do eyeliner

Eyeko Eyeliner: Swatch and the design of nib

You have room for creativity and flexibility with this pen-eyeliner mainly because the aesthetics of the nib allows you to either create the perfect cat-eye flick or subtle eye-liner to accentuate the eye OR those dramatic cat-eye look for the night out.

However, with the good and brilliant, there’s also a drawback. Funny, because previously I mentioned how the “aesthetics of the nib” is brilliant, but it is also its own drawback. The nib is not designed to be a bristle, but a felt-tip nib. Bristles is what provides you flexibility. Flexibility of creating thick/thin liners and control. As the nib is felt-tip, you have to control your eye-liner carefully ensuring the tip is used to create your liner and not the sides of the nib. If I make no sense ( I don’t blame you) see for yourself and test it before splurging that £15.

Now… could not resist the ‘freedom’ this eye-liner provides so took the liberty to create this dramatic cat eye-liner look. I have outlined my eyes with Eye Do Eyeliner then filled in the lid. I wanted a bit of shimmer so dusted a little shimmer on top for the evening look.

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Belle Amour, My dramatic cat-eye look with Petrol Blue waterline and black shimmer

Honestly, I did not have to use concealer at all to ‘fake’ the sharp edges/crease lines as it was all done by precise application of the nib which glided on smooth. Remember – to use point of nib only.

Hope you liked this dramatic look and if you own any of the Eyeko range, please comment and leave your feedback below as I would love to hear from you.

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My Review of the Lime Crime Velvetine: SuedeBerry

Hey Dolls,

I hope you are all doing well today and enjoying the Vitamin D (hoorah!).

Thought I should do my first product review (on the blog) on a lip product which is hyped about, this is the Lime Crime Velvetine in Suedeberry. It is a matte coral red with a slight orange tone – love colours like these! A beautiful colour and statement lips for summer 2014 me thinks.

The packing: Opaque matte feel instrument.

The packaging: Opaque matte feel instrument.

What I envision when wearing a colour like this – A high clean pony tail, dewy skin with a highlighted face and a pair of shades to accessories. Sometimes makeup can partake and influence what you’ll wear 😉

Full face shot of wearing the Lime Crime Velvetine in SuedeBerry coupled with brown/bronze smokey eyes.

Full face shot of wearing the Lime Crime Velvetine in SuedeBerry coupled with brown/bronze smokey eyes

I have purchased the Velvetines (Suedeberry & Pink velvet) from the UMAE Expo 2014 this year after reading sound reviews, but wanted to trial the product myself as everyone has their own unique experiences; especially for the colour of their skin tone, lip tones or the shade against their skin tone.

As I am South Asian, the natural pigmentation of my lips are dark, so this review is particularly for my dolls who have dark pigmented lips like myself.

Lime Crime Velvetine in SuedeBerry lined with NYX lipliner pencil in Orange.

Lime Crime Velvetine in SuedeBerry lined with NYX lipliner pencil in Orange

In the photos, I have lip-lined my lips with NYX Lipliner Pencil in ‘Orange’.

Now swishing over to the points of what I personally like and dislike about the product:

Que j’aime {What I Love}:

  • Love the colour, perfect for summer and can be worn on its own should you wish for the bare minimal makeup look;
  • I love mattes, this is matte!
  • Smells buttery, soft to wear;
  • Liquid lipsticks are just innovation and creative;
  • The swatch (below) doesn’t wash off my hands – so it is waterproof and ‘touch proof’ {as indicated on their site}.
  • Even if you have dark pigmented lips, just slab foundation over them to get a true shade!
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Lime Crime Velvetine swatch

Ce que je déteste {What I dislike}:

  • From the photo below, I still feel you can see my natural lip pigmentation peeping out of the Velvetine. This indicates that this shade is not hyper-pigmented and is quite sheer when applied. Yes, before you think it, I washed foundation across my lips to prime, lip-lined to aid colour intensity, still didn’t work as I thought it would. Therefore, you may have to top-up or wear a full coverage thick foundation on your lips;
  • Depending on how intense you want the colour to appear, you may have to keep reapplying until you are happy with the vibrancy. Even if you dislike this colour anyway, Lime Crime do other shades i.e. Red Velvet which are dark in shade therefore the pigmentation of your lips will always show a different shade;
  • Leaves streaks, so you have to apply consistently.
Can you see my natural lip pigments peeping out? It's the purple that is coming through even after applying 4 times

Lime Crime Velvetines

Overall, I don’t think I will repurchase if it ran out, as I need to use more products to aid the vibrancy which means = more effort. I LOVE coral shades and own plenty – ask my sister (hehe) she can even mime my love for it – it’s my absolute fave! However I am quite disappointed how I have to reapply just to cover the dark pigmentation; I am in awe how cool fair skin toned dolls look on their Youtube tutorials!

If you have dark pigmented lips like me, or any thoughts on this product please do let me know as I would love to hear your feedback.

Belle Amour x

Where to purchase from:

  • Lime Crime Official website:

http://limecrime.com/lips/velvetines-39.html

  • Cocktail Cosmetics:

http://www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk/prod/lime-crime-clueless-witch-velvetine-collection

  • Love Makeup

http://www.love-makeup.co.uk/lime-crime-velvetines-p-5621.html

  • NYX lipliner Pencil:

http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/p-117-slim-lip-pencil.aspx

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