This season fashion gurus are riding high on the quintessential black eyeliner. From Missoni to Erdem; black was well the new black when it came to eye make-up. But there is a twist. It is all about letting out your inner rebel and taking the graphic route.

Here, I try out the Missoni look–an updated cat eye look that extends to the inner corner of the eye and goes halfway along the lower lash line.

graphic eye tutorial

  1. Start with a clean base. Finish moisturising and apply foundation to your face. Apply a wee bit of concealer under your eyes and primer on top of your eyelid. I have used Maybelline Dream smooth primer.
  2. Apply a nudish eye shadow. I have used Maybelline Color tattoo eye shadow in eternal pink with my fingers. Next, make a winged line on the upper eyelid. I’ve used Mac’s Fuidline in Blacktrack.

  3. Extend the line to the inner corner of your eyes and extend the line halfway through the lower lash line.

  4. Finish the look with applying mascara.

The key to nail the graphic eyes look is to keep the face subtle because you don’t want to look like an overdone Christmas tree ;). I have used the subtle pink shade of Mac’s Creme de la Femme and kept my face bare. The finished look is below.

graphic eyeliner tutorial

My verdict: So how does this look translate in real life? I am really impressed by this look. Graphic eyes have drama, pizzazz and oomph. Although it takes a bit of time to master the application of eyeliner, it is still worth all the efforts. Hence, it has my discerning nod of approval ;).

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This Summer (although here in UK it does not look like summer), I have decided to give the usual pastels and floral nail art a rest. Instead, I am taking a “darker” route. Ruffian nail art is my current favourite perhaps because it really does not require a lot of time and you get a fun nail art in a matter of minutes.

You will need a nail polish of your choice, top and bottom coat and a nail art pen. I have used Nicole by OPI poised in turquoise, Sally Hansen Complete Care and Barry M Nail Art pen in Black. 

ruffian nail art tutorial

After applying the nail varnish and letting it completely dry, I have sealed the colour with the Sally Hansen complete care coat.

ruffian nail art tutorial

The third and final step is to take the nail art pen and gingerly make a moon-like design on the bottom part of your nail. Seal it once again with a top coat. Tada, it is done!!

ruffian nail art design

Told you, it is rather simple 😀

 

 

Week 38th (of pregnancy) started with a major case of baby brain and I actually felt that I won’t be able to lift a finger even if someone paid me millions. But turns out I can be bribed for much less. I got this kimono and suddenly inspiration and energy came back rushing :).

kimono fashion

kimono fashion

I was rather apprehensive to try on the Kimono look (which seems to be the craze these days) but this has become my favourite garment of late. Not only, it is comfortable and light enough to carry you on a hot, sunny day. For pregnant girls like me, who are on the last leg of their pregnancy and feeling “big” it is the best thing that streamlines the body and somehow elongates it. A win-win situation at least for me.

kimono fashion

 

Kimono style

 

Kimono: H and M (sold out, similar), leggings: New Look maternity, Vest: H and M maternity, Bag: Osprey London, Sandals and Accessories: Gifts from Mum, Sunglasses: Hubby’s Ray-ban. 

The fact that it is so versatile is another major plus. Here, I have teamed it with a simple vest and leggings combination but I cannot wait to try (and post) different styles using the brilliant Kimono.

 

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If you have been following my blog, you would have noticed that I do have a sort-of unhealthy obsession with the colour White. Next to Pink, I think White is my favourite colour. I love it for its versatility and every summer, a white jacket enters my heart and subsequently my closet. Last summer, it was all about this Gap number which I used (and abused). And this year, despite being 37 weeks pregnant feeling annoyingly huge and tired I still managed to get my favourite wardrobe hero.

styling white jacket

how to style white jacket

I love an outerwear that can be used during sunny days as well as rainy days (as is the norm here in UK) and this jacket fits the bill perfectly. And the fact that it can worn in zillion ways– with leggings, over a dress or a skater skirt is definitely a plus.

how to style white jacket Jacket: Columbia Sportswear (similar), leggings: H and M maternity, Top: Next Maternity, Boots: Fiorelli, Bag: Aldo (Dubai/gifted), Watch: Tissot and lips: Up the Amp by Mac.

So do you have any such must-have wardrobe obsessions? Do let me know in the comments section.

I do apologise for the images, it was one of the those annoying rainy weekend here in UK and even though there was no opportunity to step out and do the shoot, I knew I had to do it for the sake of my sanity 😉

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When I was a teenager, I would often put papaya mash on my face as a face mask. My folks would chide me and say “eat the papaya, it would do you more good.” I slowly developed a taste for the fruit and realised the true meaning of the saying, “You are what you eat.” When you are pregnant, it is sort of impossible to not give in to your temptations but beauty has to begin from inside. So here are my top three favourite foods that are nutritious, tasty and puts beauty back in pregnancy.

healthy recipes for pregnancy

Fruity Crepes: As soon as my first trimester got over, I developed an incorrigible sweet tooth. I found myself finishing half buckets of ice-cream on cold winter nights in one sitting without a trace of guilt. Luckily, our friends invited us for dinner once and served these scrumptious crepes that transported me right to the streets of Paris. I’ve blindly followed this recipe and topped with delicious summer berries, oranges and a dollop of honey. Strawberries are low in calories, packed with Vitamins and has a plethora of antioxidants whilst blue berries are tiny heroes that gives you great skin and hair.

healthy eats for pregnancy

Tomato-basil soup: This is my all-time favourite comfort food. I think life becomes a tad better if you have a bowlful of this soup. What’s more? It is easy to make as well. Heat a teaspoon of olive oil, saute a medium sized roughly chopped onion and few garlic pods, pour one jar of tinned plum tomatoes with all the juice. Season it with salt, pepper and a bit of cayenne pepper (if you like it hot) and cook it for about 6-7 minutes. Cool it for a bit a blend it to a consistency you desire. I like a bit chunky look because it feels more earthy. Again heat it and pour about a mil of water. Let it boil and check for seasoning. Finally, add some fresh or dried basil. Have with a side salad and warm Italian bread. Tomatoes are packed with anti-oxidants that gives your skin a warm glow, it can also stall the process of ageing , is great for your vision and keeps cholesterol in check. So, yum and powerful.

healthy recipes for pregnancy

Home-made (almost) Chicken Burger:  A succulent chicken burger is my favourite treat but going out to eat one would often mean eating other naughty and unwanted things (like fries) so home-made Chicken burgers are my way out. Strictly speaking, this is more about assembling the right things rather than making the Chicken patty from scratch. I have used Birds Eye Garlic and Chicken patty here. Chicken breasts are  packed with proteins so needed when your energy levels suddenly go down and you have to battle weakness out of the blue.  Simply grill burger buns in an oven, cook the patty as per instructions and make an earthy, home made burger with fresh tomatoes, onions (if you want), ice berg lettuce and a dollop of fiery Nandos sauce. You could add mayonnaise and cheese if you wish but I hate both. Have it with a crisp summer salad for a power-packed dinner. Delicious!!

Thank you for reading. Hope you like this “different” maternity and beauty post. Have a great weekend and do give me your likes and comments 🙂