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Sometimes when our eyes meet, I easily leave the whole world behind me.

When we kiss, I often wish that time should stop right away.

I’ve many insecurities, many things that scare me

But when you hold me in your arms; I feel I have reached the safest spot.

It really annoys me that you can read my mind and see the deepest depths of my heart.

You are not an average knight in the shining armour.

Heck, you are not even average.

Because you give me wings to fly.

Your pride in me makes me dance with joy.

You never stop in letting me be me.

I know you will love me when the twinkle of my eyes

will get replaced with the wisdom of age.

When my dark, cascading waves will get peppered with grey.

When my body will have seen the ravages of passing years.

You show me

that the best attitude in life

is not to have any.

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The two birds flew

in harmony

from east to west

liberated, yet together

they were one.

Once there was such

a promise between us

I sit and see

the two birds

together in harmony.

the two birds

we never could be.

I’ve a confession to make, I have a substance-abuse problem and it is called kohl/eyeliners. While I rarely deck myself with layers of make-up, kohl is a totally different story. I am no make-up expert or a make-up junkie but I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that you will Never see me without kohl-lined eyes. Of late, this obsession has taken a rather colourful turn and now my make-up bag is full of coloured eye-liners in all different hues teal, blue, purple, gold. You name it, I will have it.

Many friends tell me that they can be a tricky look to pull. I tell them to take a deep breath as colour kohl is an idiot proof way to amp any look. It lends a pop of colour to a monochromatic look while can bring together a colourful ensemble. Enough of the wisdom, let’s get down to the tutorial.

Start the look with a flawless skin, apply a luminous finish foundation and powder your T-zone to prevent oiliness.

You can use primer on your eyelids or simply start with a clean, naked canvas.

Apply a neutral shade like the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Eternal Pink for a natural shining look.

Line your lower water line with dark green kohl like the Woody Green colour by Gosh used here.

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Next darken and smudge the lower lid with the same colour.

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Use black liquid liner on the top lid for a mysterious look. Delicately line your upper lid, starting from the inner corner and  extend it just past the natural shape of your eye to create a delicate wing. Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in black serves the purpose perfectly– a fine brush which holds the liquid well giving you a great flick. Apply lashings of a good-quality mascara like the Colossal range from Maybelline for fluttering eyes.

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I’ve teamed the teal kohl look with blood red lips. My secret for wearing red on the lips: a dash of playfulness, a pinch of naughtiness and a good scoop of confidence. Wear red, like you owe it ;).

The finished look:

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What’s your biggest make-up essential? And how would you play with coloured kohl? Let me know in the comments section.

P:S: Stay tuned for look 2 with my favourite purple eye-liner coming up next week

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Because this brought a smile on my face 🙂

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Yes, I want some change too

The world is really divided into two groups—one who loves Brick Lane and one who loathes it. One can only sympathise with the latter for Brick Lane is not your ordinary Sunday market but a maelstrom of different cultures, people and persuasions meant for the open-minded and the adventurous at heart. It’s a place where Western promise meets East End madness and the result is truly mind blowing. Get up early on a Sunday morning and head towards the market, located on the northern end of Brick Lane and along Cheshire Street in East London.

Brick Lane market is not easy to miss; it’s a place where posh boutiques stand in comfortable ease with ramshackle stalls selling a plethora of eclectic goods from old books, antique cameras, vintage clothes to cutesy bric-a-brac. A place popularised by bargain hunters, art students and curry houses, Brick Lane is the part skipped by tourists in their luxury cars. It is unpolished, little wild, rough around the edges and absolutely unafraid.

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Don’t miss the Vintage market put up at the Truman Brewery every Sunday between 10AM-5PM. It’s a place where you will find arrays of stalls peppered with accessories, glam fur coats, vintage frocks and men’s suits from 1920s to the 1990s.

Whilst there are many Indian and Bangladeshi curry houses, on Sundays, the market is bustling with food vendors offering cuisines from every corner of the planet. Chomp in some authentic Ethiopian food or sip Turkish coffee, dig in Chowmein from Tibet or have a tasty dish of Pad Thai. The food like everything else here perfectly embodies the rich cultural diversity that London itself offers.

Saunter around its dynamic streets and indulge in shameless people-watching. Wherever you go peppy street music and colourful street art pleasantly accompanies you. In short, Brick Lane is a bundle of contradictions—it’s ordinary yet extraordinary, predictable yet exotic, bizarre yet classic.

Just don’t forget to reach early (around 9AM) to get the best bargains. The nearest tube is Aldgate East and overground is Liverpool Street. And bring some cash; finding a cash machine in this labyrinth is tougher than solving the riddle of Mona Lisa.

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