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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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Whatcha looking at?

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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   How Welcoming

If you are happy and you know…..

When my sister gave me this task to write about Happiness, the first thing that struck me was that it is a very vague topic.How can anyone write about it? She very wisely said-“Thats the challenge, Right?'” I dismissed the idea immediately, but as always, the idea was there on the back of my mind.

I asked this question to myself-Am I happy? Now,I asked my sister for a suggestion to write about and i usually write only when something strongly inspires me or when I am really restless.Since the former didnt happen, I was really restless. So the obvious answer was-No, not really! But I coudn’t find a specific reason to not be happy and it seemed to be a combination of various factors.

With my sisters suggestion in mind, I browsed about the meaning of happiness.I came across many so-called “defintions” of happiness, none of which made any sense.

While the reason behind the restlessness is not the purpose of the article, I also felt myself getting irritated at the people who matter the most for failing to recogonise the restlessness.

I thought about all the times when I really was happy- Time with family, time with friends, college days, school days, trips with friends, the moment when my final results were announced etc etc. I realised that the present moment is no different from the rest. Life had, has, and will continue to be grateful.

I also realized that I was being unfair to the closest people in my life.I couldn’t really expect them to miraculously read my mind, when I didnt give them the slightest hint. I realized that when you don’t have the guts to speak what you feel, you shouldn’t expect people to understand.

I made it a task to overcome the uncertain feeling on my own. I kept on repeating to myself that All is Good and tried to keep the negative thoughts at a distance. Negative thoughts create a negative aura around you and attracts more negativity. I soon found myself,within a couple of days, get over the restlessness. A sense of calm came upon. And I finally came across a defintion that was meaningful-

“Happiness is something that you are and it comes from the way you think.”