I have been blessed (and cursed) with hair that is rebellious and has a mind of its own.  I have always had a love-hate relationship with my curly/wavy hair. Growing up I would often wish for sleek, shiny straight hair and have tried many times to get straight hair but my hair would remain relentlessly twisted. I have certainly come to accept it but now I am actually learning to love my wavy, rebellious hair.

I have met all kinds of hairstylists nice ones, rude ones, pricey ones but none of them were able to give me much needed hair confidence, love and respect. That is until I met Tuc Le Rojas of Just Gorgeous hair, Oxfordshire. Before coming up with any brilliant suggestions; I was quite surprised that Tuc actually played around and tested my hair with a lot of patience and transformed my rebellious mane into a glorious crowning glory. And the cherry on cake: She did with few products!! Here’s the entire transformation.

Dry and curly

Dry and curly

After a thorough examination, Tuc asked me a lot about my hair history and daily regime. She was  quite accepting of the fact that I am essentially a low-maintenance girl and just don’t have the patience to preen it daily. Yes, I rarely slather a plethora of products or use heat on daily basis. Tuc actually gave me thumbs up for that, “While it is perfectly okay to blow dry or straighten hair once or twice fortnightly. Using straightners daily weakens hair and gives it broken appearance,” said Tuc.  She also took into my ethnicity (a first for me) and how it plays a role. “Asian/Indian hair tends to be dry. You also get more growth on the back. Whilst your individual hair strand is thin, you have a lot of volume. Your hair needs moisture and hence you should go for moisture inducing shampoo and products rather than one which has a lot of protein because although dry your hair is actually very strong,” stated Tuc. Consultation done, Tuc took my mane in her expert hands.

twisting and twirling

twisting and twirling

After washing and conditioning with Wella smoothen range, Tuc gave me a slight trim around the ends as my ends were broken. She also respected the fact that I did not want a major cut and don’t like a fringe. She gave me a cut that suited my style and took into all the changes that comes with pregnancy. For defining curls, she used Wella’s Polished Waves (one pump) and a generous spritz of Shine Serum.  She then twirled small strands of hair with her finger. This is one of the best and the easiest ways to get curly hair without heat.

Products used

Products used

 

Diffused for a natural look

Diffused for a natural look

To keep the curls in place, she used a diffuser near the ends. The diffuser helps in gently spreading out air on the hair. This results in  defined curls without disturbing the natural shape and movement of hair. Diffuser is also a must whilst blow drying curly hair as it will not blow out the curls and make them frizzy. After the final fluffing and preening, my hair looked healthier, well-moisturised and glossy. The best thing I learnt was that even a hair-challenged person like me could easily do this at home.

With the hair expert

With the hair expert

My new glossy curls

My new glossy curls

 Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Just Gorgeous Hair but the opinions are my own. 

For a lifestyle and fashion blogger, I am actually quite rubbish at doing make-up. I am your 10 minute girl who would apply a dash of liner and mascara and some colour on lips before dashing off. But, I love experimenting and hence I am hoping to start a new series–trying on a trend–along with my style section. The premise is simple, I try on beauty trends from the runway and see how it translates in real life. And don’t be surprised if I thrash a trend I am and don’t intend to become a fashion victim and in any case this blog is all about encouraging personal style. Today, it is all about the blue eye shadow.

The blue eye shadow was a major hit on the runway. From Marc by Marc Jacobs to Bradley Mischka, models happily strutted with various hues of blue on their eyes. Blue is the colour of this year magazines have got us convinced; so I decided to hop on and test this trend (yes, I don’t mind being a guinea pig for this blog ;))

Trend on trial: blue eyeshadow

I used a mixture of blue eye shadows from Rimmel Glam’ Eyes Quod eye shadow state of grace. For my lower line, I used Maybelline Master Kajal Lapis Blue. To finish off, I used my trusty Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara black.  Ready and all set to go, I was hoping for a va va voom effect.

trend on trial: blue eyeshadow

Now for some real reactions and the bitter truth: while the hubby was not-so-pleasantly surprised and just pursed his lips for reaction. My mom and Father-in-law (all the way from India over skype) gave it a thumbs up calling it “glamorous.” My bravery back, I stepped out my fashionably forward concierge said she loved it and I was pleasantly surprised to see few people giving me second looks in approval.

trend on trial blue eyeshadow

Mission completed but I actually didn’t think it was successful. I just felt this look would be more suitable for night. It is definitely not true to my style. Whilst it looked awesome on the runway, I don’t think I will strutting in blue eye shadow anytime soon (save for late nights and going out with girls). For day wear, I would stick to my blue eyeliner from Bodyshop. 

So will you or will you not try the blue eyeshadow look this SS14? Do share your thoughts.

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T-Shirt: Ralph Lauren Polo, Skirt: From India, Chambray shirt (second picture): Next, Flip flops: Superdry, Duffel Bag (used as tote): Fred Perry, Shades: CK, Accessories: assorted

A denim mini skirt is a timeless classic that every woman should have; uber cool and versatile. It can be easily dressed up or down. Here, I’ve opted for a dressed down version as I was busy exploring the beautiful city of Barcelona. A fitted tee, flip flops and large tote is all you need if you want a casual look and for the dressed up version simply add a nice top, sky-high heels and a little clutch. Voila, you are transformed

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