Thursday, April 10, 2014

Summer make up essentials

I am one of those people who like making lists. You know, those crazy list makers? Not exactly obsessive but it definitely helps me track things a lot better if its in the form a of 'top five'. So on popular demand from my readers, I finally decided to spend a Thursday on enlisting my top five make up essentials for spring summer. These are products that I have been using off late and all my opinions are strictly personal.
I do not fall in the category of women who claim to despise make up and claim to never wear any. Au contraire, I love make up and would almost classify as a hoarder but I don't always wear it. For some blog shoots, I try and keep the look au natural with just some tinted moisturiser, kajal and lip balm but for others I make it a point to sport my fanciest made up look. For all you ladies who pointedly wear make up religiously, it becomes all the more essential to invest in the right products by the right makers. I am also not a slave to 'designer make up' but I make it a point to honestly state what works best for me in terms of its intended purpose. So lets get started shall we?

1. SEPHORA brightening and hydrating foundation: This is a liquid foundation in a bottle with a pump of 20 ml. I use a shade called 'Moyen Medium' which works perfectly for my medium skin tone. I usually apply it with a foundation brush and would recommend using the same for the purpose. It helps in even application. This foundation works well for me. Good coverage, does not make my skin oily and is definitely not cakey. Lasts a whole day without any bother of reapplication. (But then that could also just be me since I'm not a crazy stickler for 24x7 coverage). Priced at Rs. 1200 (INR), its a very good price for that coverage.

2.DIOR Skin Nude: This is a skin perfecting hydrating concealer that comes in this tiny 10 ml tube. I use the shade called Honey or 003 given that I primarily use it as an under eye concealer.The tube is tiny for sure but it requires very little product for a one time use. Take out just a little on your ring finger and dab it and mix under the eye with the foundation. Don't apply too much pressure. It could lead to a little shine and for people trying to work a matte look, best to lock it in with some loose powder at the end. Works wonders for me and this is coming from someone who has tried about three other concealers that definitely didn't work as well. A little expensive on the pocket, its priced at Rs. 5500 (INR) but as an investment, I would definitely buy it again.

3.NYX Matte black liner: The NYX Matte liner is my go-to kajal cause it doesn't bleed and is my second favourite after the gel liner by Maybelline or Bobbi Brown. I also use it as a liner, on the rare occasion that I do wear a liner, since I'm not quite big on the liquid liners. Priced at Rs. 350 (INR), its easy on the pocket and I do not quite mind buying a new one every few months since I essentially wear kajal everyday.

4.DIOR blush duo: This DIOR blush in shade 'Peechy keen' or 553 is the best powder blush I have ever used. The colours are a slightly dark rose and peachy rose and are perfect for the Indian skin tone. I picked this up from the Singapore Duty Free more than a year back and I haven't felt the need to buy another blush and quite obviously, I am not running out of it anytime soon. It is not highly pigmented like the ones by Chanel I think, but that to me is an added benefit since I'm mostly trying to keep it minimal. This is priced at about Rs. 2500 to Rs. 3000 (INR) depending on where and when you buy it.

5.YSL lipstick in Rouge Volupte Shine 62J800: This is the exact colour as you see in the metal mesh on the body of the lipstick and also the colour you have seen me wear many a times on my blog, here for instance. Its a dark pink or magenta if you will, and definitely a pink that works for my skin tone. Its a glossy lipstick and keeps your lips moisturised and tinted. Requires reapplication in case of a whole day run but definitely does not bleed. For a look where you need not want to wear a whole lot of make up, kajal and this bright lipstick works wonders. This is priced at Rs. 1900 (INR). For the creamy soft bright tint, I would not mind occasionally splurging on one of these YSL babies.

Till then,

Friday, April 4, 2014

Nothing but the funk

After Wills India Fashion Week, life suddenly seems slower and it is almost like here in the industry, we cannot wait for yet another fashion extravaganza to bring everyone together. Still reeling under the great showcase by some of India's most talented designers, I decided to center more energy into my outfit posts, now more than ever. Inspiration is always a good thing.
Most of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram (shreyakalra1) would be well versed with my association with The Mill. The pop up event that happens twice a year in the city of Delhi is soon going online with their e-commerce endeavour under the name of UFF so stay updated and get ready to buy all those fabulous pieces you have seen me model. Dilliwaalas, also gear up to shop at the event which will happen soon.
The designs are very high street. I absolutely love the summer prints and the cute wearable cuts. The summer dresses and tunics are my absolute favourite and their light sheer shirts with interesting embellishments make for great day to night transformation. However, over and above all nice things about this clothing is the price point. With a price range from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000, you can buy almost anything from The Mill without a pang of guilt.
I decided to wear my reindeer print A-line dress with my lately acquired boots in leather and crochet ankles. The rest as they say is best put in pictures. This look is bringing out my summer funk with a very Brooklyn feel to it. Where are you at with this one?

Cotton printed dress: C/O The Mill
Leather ankle boots: Forever 21
Spiked bracelet: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Suitcase bag: Toteteca
Pearls: Pierre Cardin 

If you haven't already entered, get going on our giveaway right here at FTLOFAOT, where you can win yourself a pretty rose gold watch from Skagen. Enter here.

Till the next time.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Skagen with FTLOFAOT contest

Ladies, its that time of the year again. The Danish brand Skagen known for creating beautiful masterpiece watches has collaborated with yours truly to give away a stunning rose gold Skagen watch to one of you. If you don't know already, Skagen has been creating these cleverly designed timepieces for about 24 years now. The idea of the contest is really simple, as almost always.

  • To win this beautiful rose gold Skagen, all you have to do is tell me how exactly would you style this watch.
  • Like the FTLOFAOT page on Facebook
  • You can tweet to increase your chances, don't forget to tag and follow Shreya_1
  • Leave a comment in the box below with your email address
A contest like this barely requires trash talking. So get going now. This contest is open to Indian citizens only and it closes on April 12, 2014. 

Cannot wait to read your styling ideas. Meanwhile I will go put on my Skagen and have some fun with it.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Summer Carnival

What is it about summers that makes me want to wade in a shallow pool, sip coolers on the portico and just soak in that certain summer fragrance in the air. That is just how I am. I romanticise summers on paper, think about it, smile to myself and then wham, the temperature shoots through the roof and I can't take it anymore. But before we reach that awful state of affairs in Delhi, lets loll around on the grass a little with the last batch of cool breezes and the sun shining at the same time. Besides if it ever came to it, I would pick summers over winters in a heartbeat.
I am an ardent lover of prints and when I chanced upon this cute bicycle print maxi dress at Global Desi, I knew I had to have it. Its the right amount of bohemian with just the most flattering neckline and slits at the bottom. Just to give a little more structure, I added a belt at the waist. Completed the look with embellished jutis( free bohemian spirit and all that) and a braid with a twist. Summer also calls for simple, clever accessorising for the day. Skipped my necklace, earrings routine for my 'L.O.V.E' midi rings and some arm candy. This is how it looked.

Maxi dress with bicycle print: Global Desi
Ochre yellow clutch: Aldo 
Shoes: Juti store, Amritsar
Midi rings: Accessorize
Cuffs: Forever 21

Till the next post,

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Four Seasons: Shiraz

I make no bones about my healthy love for wine. As much as I refrain from propagating any kind of alcohol on my blog (drinking is a personal choice and not one that I like to be responsible for influencing), red wine is an exception. In fact, it goes as far as saying that a little wine in the right quantities also has medicinal properties. While that might not be the reason that I talk about wine alone *clinks her wine glass*, I have a long time association with the Four Seasons Wines Division and I have never till date been disappointed. One of my favourite Indian wines, Four Seasons sent me a bottle of Shiraz this time around. The last review of the bottle of Merlot by Four Seasons can be accessed here. The Shiraz is a still red wine which is dry on the mouth. Not a wine connoisseur, I have definitely been experimenting a lot off late and The Shiraz is something that I am still acquiring a taste for. The fruity and spicy combination will definitely make it a hit as your Indian food accompaniment and I teamed up mine with some kebabs. I love the fact that Four Seasons is attempting (and succeeding quite a bit if I might add) to acclimatise the population of India to the culture and richness of wine. A thumbs up (maybe two) from me.

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Till the next post,

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lancôme DreamTone: A review

Lancôme India launched DreamTone in India in the most effective style ever. The first lot handpicked to try and test this product in India before it hit the markets were the bloggers. Yes, its empowering and scary at the same time how powerful we are as a force of media. The product was launched and gifted to us over a wonderful event hosted at the Delhi Lancôme boutique where the make up artist was gracious enough to teach us its application and use.
The DreamTone in India is priced at almost Rs.7000/- for the 40 ml bottle (INR). It is important to keep this in mind because eventually it does come down to an analysis of whether a product delivers in proportion to its MRP. The DreamTone is marketed as a skin tone corrector. In their defence, they make it amply clear that it is not a replacement for a BB or a CC cream.
How it fairs: This Dream Tone skin corrector comes in a highly attractive dark pink bottle with a pump at the top. Easy to use. Light pink liquid that smells heavenly. I am personally, a fan of great smelling products. The cream however is kind of thick. For oily skin tones, this one should be a miss. For combination or dry skin tones, skip the moisturising when you apply this product. Leaves enough oil and moisture on the skin. It produces a light nice glow while covering small imperfections of the skin.
However, this is where the problem arises, in case of bigger skin issues or even bigger marks or dark circles, this product has no effect. Not that I tried to replace this for a foundation or a base. But even on a regular day for some glow and coverage, I would choose a BB cream considering the price point of this product. For me, its a no as far as a purchase of this product goes.
I would reckon it would work well for no or almost negligible skin issues. I would give this one a miss.

I hope this helps. :)
Till the next post,

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hint of winter glimmer

The last month has been a whirlwind of weddings and celebrations and a lot of work packed in all together. It did not leave me with a lot of time for blogging and I personally believe if you don't have something smart to write or do, its better to skip doing anything altogether. Hence the unintentional hiatus. Once of course there was something I felt I could substantially add to all written and visual content floating around on the internet, I decided to sit and down and take action. 
My latest favourite online shopping destination has to be Eristona and when I was asked to review their stunning baubles, I couldn't wait to get started. With a crazy influx of websites coming up everyday selling jewellery, it has to be something a notch better to set a website apart. I personally feel like Eristona does a good job of that, considering the styles (self confessed necklace junkie)I have chanced upon here aren't really the kinds I have seen around. Set apart by the sheer versatility  of each piece and the adorable packaging (purple ribbons and personalised notes, you guys!), I am going to be hopping on here quite often. Have you picked your Eristona baubles yet?
Find them on Facebook and twitter and you will definitely thank me for the early bird discount vouchers they are sharing all across. 
As for the rest of my look, you have got to see it and tell for yourself. :)

Shirt: street find (Gk, M block market, Delhi)
Houndstooth print midi skirt: ASOS
White knit gilet: Taboo (Australia)
Necklace: C/O Eristona
Laptop sleeve turned into a clutch: Gifted
Boots: ASOS

Till the next time. Shop smart, learn more, explore more.



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