A Sparkle Of Heritage: All You Wanted To Know About “Bajirao Mastani” Jewelry Pieces!!

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Bajirao Mastani is an epic 2015 Bollywood film. The details from the movie set to clothing and fine jewelry were spectacular. We just couldn’t take our eyes off the jewelry Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra-the leading ladies of the movie were wearing. The epoch of royalty, the vanity of a woman embellished with courtly custom. The celebrated exquisiteness of the design of Mughal jewelry and the traditional Marathi Jewelry was unprecedented. With impeccable craftsmanship the pieces transformed the simplest form into a resplendent ensemble.

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE GRAND JEWELRY DESIGNS

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Shri Hari Diagems, the renowned jewelers of Delhi have designed the jewelry for actress Deepika Padukone for her portrayal as Mastani. The magnificent jewelry has received great applauds and has been widely appreciated. The jewelry that used the ancient Mughal art of finery with rare techniques combining polki, colored gemstones, and Columbian emeralds of finest quality made in real gold and is worth crores.

P.N.Gadgil and Sons, a prominent Jewelers from Pune designed the traditional Maharashtrian Jewelry for Priyanka Chopra who played the role of Kashibai, Bajirao’s first wife. The traditional Maharashtrian jewelry was set in gold and it took them over a year to come out with the magnificent pieces. Old dyes and techniques and even 200 years old real antiques were used for the movie. As a result, we got to see some very authentic classic Maharashtrian designs, which haven’t been seen before. The Jewelry pieces were entirely handmade and a team of artisans from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujrat and Karnataka worked exclusively on it.

“Jewelry pieces were sourced and designed to recreate the Hyderabadi Nizaam look for ‘Mastani’ to highlight her part-Muslim heritage; To reflect the demure characteristics of Kashibai, we used a lot of traditional Marathi jewelry – the nathni and archetypal ornaments.” said Anju Modi, the designer behind the stunning looks of the leading ladies.

With this movie, the Antique jewelry is back in vogue. From Nath, Passa to haath phool all are becoming latest trends in jewelry. It truly celebrates the reminiscent of royal lineage.

Here’s a look at some of the amazing Jewelry worn by the leading ladies in the movie.

MASTANI: ROYAL AND RESPLENDENT

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Deepika Padukone looks ravishing as Mastani in the movie adorning royal attires and magnificent jewelry. Jewelry pieces were designed to help recreate the Hyderabadi Nizaam look for Mastani to highlight her part-Muslim heritage. She is wearing traditional Mughal style jewelry which is famous for use of big gemstones and enameled motif designs. Mastani was an epitome of grace and sensuality in the movie.

Since the magnificence of the Mughal style jewelry is symbolic of the royalty and status of the wearer, they are the perfect jewel pieces to accentuate the looks of a bride on her Wedding day.

DID YOU KNOW?

Fact #1: Deepika Padukone’s jewelry in Bajirao Mastani costs Rs 5 crore.
Fact #2: In one scene alone- where she is addressing the Chatrapati in the courtyard — she is wearing jewelry worth Rs 48 lakh!
Fact#3: All jewelry pieces were created in 24-carat gold along with kundan work, and precious stones like Burmese rubies and diamond polkies.
Fact#4: It took a year to research the Jewelry for the movie and make it.

The key pieces of Mastani’s jewelry and some of our favorites are:

THE NOSE RING OR NATH

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The nose ring worn by Mastani both big and small look very feminine and sober because of the pearl work done on them. The Nath has real rubies and pearls, set on 24 carat gold and looks very beautiful. It’s a perfect blend of style where modernism meets tradition. This nose ring definitely stole the attention in the movie and has become a rage.

JHUMAR

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Another Trendsetter from the movie is the Jhumar or passa. It is becoming very popular these days in weddings and on the ramp, and we have seen Mira Rajput, Dia Mirza and Sonam Kapoor wear it for that extra edge.
One Significant steal from Mastani’s look is the complementary Jhumar and Maang tikka. The key here is not to overdo and crowd your forehead. If one is large, make sure the other is small in order to maintain balance.

TWO TIER EARRINGS

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According to the Jewelers, the two-tier earrings were the toughest to make. It was made as a two piece set – one for the ears and the other that went behind it. But the outcome was so grand. The two-tier earrings were made with uncut diamonds and pearl strings attached to it.
Style Tip: If you plan to wear something like this for a wedding or otherwise, this can be transformed into an eye-catching piece by keeping other jewelry pieces to minimal, so that the whole focus is on the earrings.

THE NECKLACE

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The Mastani necklace was made of 24K gold with an antique look and colors and textures that reflect the Mughal era. Precious stones like Burmese rubies and diamond polkies were primarily used for making this very classy and elegant statement piece.
It is one such piece of jewelry which will never go out of style and is extremely classy, yet very traditional.

KASHIBAI: ALLURING AND REGAL

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Priyanka as Kashibai adorned traditional Marathi jewelry in the movie and it added to the authenticity of the character. We saw a lot of Gold Jewelry in Kashibai’s Character as traditional Maharashtrian jewelry is not about polki or the shining diamonds. Gold is the prime attraction when it comes to Maharashtrian jewel pieces.
Kashibai was simple Maharashtrian lady yet very charming and royal. There was grandeur and elegance in the pieces she wore.

Some of the Key pieces of Kashibai’s jewelry were:

PESHWAI ERA NOSE PINS/NATH

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Nath is a much loved ornament in Maharashtra. We saw Kashibai adorning the beautiful Nath throughout the movie. The traditional Nath is studded with pearls called Basra Moti which are very beautiful and rare to find. Further the beauty of this Nath is enhanced with rubies and emeralds.

MANGALSUTRA

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Since Kashibai was Bajirao’s lawfully wedded wife, the traditional Maharashtrian Mangalsutra consisting of gold pendant and black beads was a prominent jewelry piece of her look.

NECKLACES

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The key to Kashibai’s look was the layering of the traditional Necklaces. We saw her wearing traditional Maharashtrian gold necklaces like a Thushi, which a small choker, layered with a Surya Haar around that, which is a necklace designed to resemble the sun’s rays. She also adorned a Belpan necklace which has the pan-leaf shaped design, the Putali Haar which is a traditional coin necklace and layered Temple Necklace or Mohan mala which is a long beaded golden necklace having many layers of golden bead strings.

HAIR ORNAMENTS: AMBADA

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Throughout the movie, we saw Kashibai’s hair tied into a neat, round bun (ambada) and embellished with traditional hair jewels called Ambada pins or bejeweled pins, followed by flowers like roses. This is a traditional Maharashtrian hair styling.

Apart from the above there were antique and magnificent jewelry pieces such as Waistbands (Kambar Patta), Anklets, Bangles, Toe rings, Earrings, Arm Bands (Waki), Finger Rings etc which added to Kashibai’s look and was a treat to the eyes.

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When we say, Bajirao Mastani is a grandiose take on a historic time of the Maratha Empire, we mean the jewelry. It’s the finest, the most magnificent and one of the most striking aspects of the film. Add these trendsetting Jewelry styles from the ‘magnum opus’ Bajirao Mastani to your collection and dazzle like a diva. For once let your jewels do the talking!!

Sonakshi Sinha’s Stunning Summery Look

Sonakshi-Sinha-tscBollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha was recently spotted at a press conference for upcoming ‘Filmfare Awards’. The actress looked refreshingly beautiful and flawless in a light yellow bodycon dress by Rutu Neeva. She sizzled in a pair of silver-gold ear studs from Viangeand completed the look by wearing metallic ankle-strapped stilettos.

Though the summers are far away, but Ms ‘Sunshine’ Sonakshi today radiated warmth, dazzled the dais and stunned the media while posing for shutterbugs after the conference.

We are already looking forward to the grand finale of the event!!

Keep checking this space for more tidbits!

Top 10 Bollywood Bridal Jewelry Moments!!

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The Big Fat Indian weddings are known for its magnificent celebrations, opulence in decor, clothes, food, music, and jewelry being the most important factor. Jewelry was and always will be the highlight of any Indian wedding. Months before the D day, the bride-to-be, starts planning her dresses and jewelry to go with it, and while all the research on the latest trends in bridal wear is on, it is very hard not to stumble upon the question of what our famous Bollywood divas wore on their wedding day.

So, all soon-to-be brides if you have finalized your Wedding trousseau and are still pondering over the perfect jewelry pieces that you can adorn on your wedding day, take a cue from your favorite Bollywood divas. Of course, you have ample of reel-life Bollywood brides to have a look at, but here our Bollywood actresses looked equally stunning at their real-life wedding.

So, take a look at the top 10 Bollywood Jewelry moments and get inspired by their style. Just add a dash of your own personality along with their style statements, to get a perfect look for the most important event of your life.

10: MIRA RAJPUT

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The most talked about event of 2015 was Bollywood’s heartthrob Shahid Kapoor’s wedding to Mira Rajput. Their wedding ensembles were also looked upon excitedly. Mira was certainly a bride who broke many norms during the grand wedding functions. For the Wedding she looked like a beautiful Punjabi bride. The lighter shade of the Lehenga and the jewelry selection were a never seen before combination at the Indian Weddings.

Her jewelry was a unique stunner as she wore an elaborate Vintage Navratna neckpiece and earrings set, and teamed her look with a ‘maang-tikka’ and a ‘jhoomar’ on the side of her head. She ignited the royalty of Navratna that has always been a rage in Indian weddings.

9: SOHA ALI KHAN

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Rooted in culture, the trend of indigenous heirloom jewelry has gained prominence. From unique Maharani Neckpieces to chunky Maang tikkas, the magnificence of yellow gold, uncut diamonds or gemstones set in traditional designs have caught the fancy of young brides.
We saw Soha Ali Khan wearing her mother’s heirloom jewelry on her wedding day. The heavy traditional jewelry consisted of the traditional passa, Maang tikka, and the choker and long necklace. The pop of green emeralds against the gold was a great touch. Everything looked just perfect and she looked indeed like a Nawabi Princess!!

8: DIA MIRZA

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Dia Mirza went for a Mughal-era inspired look for her Wedding which was reminiscent of a bride from Hyderabad. She wore a single strang tikka with a left side pearl jhoomar. Jhumkis {earrings} and choker in gold and a multilayered and elaborate emerald necklace that matched her outfit and completed her look. Everything about her jewelry was understated yet regal.

.7: VIDYA BALAN

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Vidya Balan kept her look traditionally South Indian, and was decked in intricate gold temple jewelry for her wedding. Her neckpieces were understated yet resplendent; and the matching ear rings flattered her look further. Her wedding jewelry was designed by Amrapali.
This look is for those brides who want to look royal but yet want to keep it simple and elegant.

6: AYESHA TAKIA

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If diamonds are your best friend and want to go for an all diamond look on your wedding day then you can take inspiration from Ayesha Takia’s bridal look.
Diamond-laded Ayesha, looked beautiful in the stunning jewelry pieces she wore. Her diamond necklace stood out from the rest of her jewelry. Her maang-tikka suited her face well and looked beautiful.

5: ESHA DEOL

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At her wedding, Esha Deol looked beautiful in Traditional gold jewelry which matched her heavy Kanjeevaram saree. Heavy large Kasulaperu necklaces, diamond short choker necklace paired with heavy gold Jhumkas with ear chain completed her look. What stood out from her entire look was her matha patti, which was the highlight of her jeweled look. The ruby-studded matha Patti, matched her wedding attire, complemented her look. She looked radiant.

4: GENELIA D’SOUZA DESHMUKH

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Genelia looked every bit of a traditional Maharashtrian bride on her wedding day. Along with her dazzling neckpiece and dangling earrings in gold studded with red stone, Genelia wore a traditional Maharashtrian “Mundavalya” (decorative strings of pearls tied on the forehead) on her forehead and in her left nose she wore a Maharashtrian “Nath” (nose ring). Vaaki (armlet), green chooda and Tikka completed her stunning bridal look.

3: KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN

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Saif-Kareena wedding was the most awaited event and the world was eager to see Kareena in her bridal finery. Kareena wore the same gharara which her MIL Sharmila Tagore had worn for her wedding. It was a heirloom piece.
As part of her wedding jewelry, Kareena Kapoor wore a large neck to waist gold necklace with diamonds and precious stones encrusted in it. The necklace made by Rajkot’s Kruti Jewellers is estimated to weigh 400 gms and cost around Rs 4 million. Along with that she wore a super heavy maang tika and jhoomar to complete her look.

2: SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA

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The sexy and sensuous Shilpa Shetty looked stunning as a bride. She took the traditional route and was decked with jewels in a typical Mangalorean style. She chose to wear a heavy Jadau neckpiece along with her kundan kamarbandh with emerald drops in it. The Kamarbandh further highlighted this diva’s svelte figure. Don’t miss her peacock-shaped bajubandh which looked stunning too. From her Maang tikka, armlet and the kamarbandh, everything was in its right place. Her gajra added to her jeweled look.

1: AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN

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Who else can top our list but Miss World herself!! Aishwarya Rai chose to be heavily bejeweled on her wedding day. The result turned out to be enthralling and this beautiful bride sparkled like a princess. Aishwarya chose to wear Gold kundan jewelry for her wedding. But one piece that particularly stood out was her grand neckpiece. The layered kundan haars looked stunning on this gorgeous diva. Adding to the beauty of the heavier neckpiece, were two longer kundan haar, with emerald drop. All the three together completed a sort of ‘rani haar’ look. The gold and kundan Maang tikka and a gold and emerald armband enhanced her look. Her entire bridal look was that of a typical Mangalorean bride.

Wow, all we can say is at the end, these stunning looks of our Bollywood divas leave us awed and overwhelmed. Take your pick, feel like a diva, and sparkle like one!!

Multani Mitti Packs For Oily Skin

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Multani Mitti is the natural and homemade remedy for all skin types. Oily skin types benefit significantly from multani mitti, better known as fuller’s earth. Its rich mineral content which is therapeutic in nature works against acne and blemishes by reducing excess oil secretion. It is also known for its amazing cleansing and absorbing properties. It improves blood circulation and exfoliates the skin.

Do you know that even Taj Mahal got a multani mitti treatment a few years ago to get rid of the stains and dirt that the stones had collected? So, if Multani mitti can clear stains off Taj Mahal, it can definitely tackle those pore-clogging oil, sebum, and bacteria from our skin.

Let’s check out a few homemade face packs for Oily Skin with Multani mitti.

1. MULTANI MITTI WITH ROSE WATER

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Ingredients:

  • Rose water
  • Multani Mitti

How to Use and Apply:
Multani mitti and rosewater are singularly very good cleansers for the skin so when combined together they perform an excellent cleansing action that is essential for oily skin. The preparation is simple enough with just few drops of rosewater required to be added to the dry powder and made into a paste. This face pack is especially beneficial for treating acne and pimples that arise from having oily skin.

2. MULTANI MITTI WITH TURMERIC AND MILK

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Ingredients:

  • Multani Mitti
  • Turmeric

How to use and apply:
The ayurvedic properties of turmeric and the cleansing action of multani mitti work excellently when blended together. It helps to reduce acne and scars. Multani mitti observe excess oil from skin. Make a pack of turmeric powder and multani mitti and fresh water for facial application. It not only helps in treating acne and but also improves blood circulation and adds a glow to the skin.

3. MULTANI MITTI WITH HONEY

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Ingredients:

  • Multani mitti
  • Honey
  • Rose water
  • Lemon juice

How to use and apply:
Honey gives a natural glow to the skin and lemon juice have good amount of vitamin C which is good for skin. A thick paste of honey, rose water, lemon juice and Multani mitti when applied all over the face is effective in absorbing excess oil from the face and preventing any skin disorders and further breakouts. A brighter complexion is visible after just 20-30 minutes of its application.

4. MULTANI MITTI WITH TOMATO AND OATMEAL

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Ingredients:

  • Multani mitti
  • Tomato juice
  • Lemon extract
  • Oatmeal powder
  • Rose water

How to use and apply:
The mix of multani mitti with the juice of a tomato and oatmeal works as a natural scrub to clean the skin’s pores of all the dirt and blackheads. Take three table spoons of Multani mitti in a bowl and add it one table spoon of lemon extract, one table spoon of tomato juice, one and half table spoon of oat meal powder and rose water up to the consistency level. Mix all of them well. Apply the paste over the face and neck. Leave this paste on for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water for squeaky clean skin. To balance the oil levels and to get a radiant glow, it is an ideal face pack.

5. MULTANI MITTI & PAPAYA FACE PACK

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Ingredients

  • Papaya paste
  • Multani mitti
  • Honey

How to use and apply:
Papaya is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and antioxidants and is well known for its many uses especially in skin care. Infused with a special enzyme papain, it helps to remove dead cells and other skin impurities. When it is added with the other ingredients like honey and multani mitti, it makes an excellent face pack to clean and remove the dirt and excess oil from the skin giving way to healthy glowing skin.

Top 10 Multani Mitti Face Packs for Oily Skin

The market is flooded with a range of face packs that promise to deliver their best. Choosing the right one however becomes even more difficult. Apart from the homemade masks, given below are some excellent Multani Mitti face packs that are easily available in Indian Market for your convenience.

1. PATANJALI MULTANI MITTI FACE PACK

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Price: ₹ 60 for 60 gms
Patanjali Multani Mitti Face Pack is a unique blend of Multani Mitti and other minerals for youthful glowing skin. Multani Mitti along with Aloe Vera and Mineral Clay in this pack tautens the skin, enhances blood circulation and removes deep impurities, cools and soothes the skin.

2. FAB INDIA CHANDAN MUD PACK

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Price: ₹ 350 for 100 ml
This face pack contains turmeric, sandalwood and has Multani mitti as a base. It is suitable for oily skin as it helps clear the skin. Frequent usage over a period of time enhances complexion.

3. HIMALAYA CLARIFYING MUD PACK

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Price: ₹ 130 for 100 gms
This Himalaya Clarifying Pack contains Multani Mitti which removes stubborn impurities, absorbs excess oil and facilitates circulation to the skin leaving it soft and smooth. The anti-inflammatory properties in this pack soothe the skin leaving it feeling invigorated and comfortable. This Mud Pack is also enriched with organic walnut extracts that gently exfoliate dead cells and remove blackheads.

4. KHADI MULTANI MITTI AND CALAMINE FACE PACK

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Price: ₹ 490 for 70 gms
Khadi premium Multani mitti & calamine face pack is a combination of Multani Mitti and various minerals. Multani mitti or fuller’s earth, which is used in this face pack helps in cleansing and soothing irritated and sensitive skin.

5. FOREST ESSENTIALS MULTANI MITTI FACIAL UBTAN

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Price: ₹ 595 for 60 gms
This Ubtan is a purifying and deep cleansing blend of herbs like neem, turmeric and fenugreek along with Multani mitti which is helpful for oily, blemished and acne prone skin. Regular use of this Ubtan removes pigmentation, tightens open pores and leaves the complexion soft and glowing with a radiant sheen. It also improve skin texture and removes tan.

6. BANJARA’S MULTANI MITTI FACE PACK

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Price: ₹ 40 for 100 gms
Banjara’s 15 minutes Multani Mitti powder brings nature’s best skin care secret in a face pack form at a reasonable price. This face pack is ideal for Oily skin and it cleanses the skin, absorbs the excess oil, opens up pores, reduces pimples, marks and counteracts the effects of tanning to make skin visibly clear. It comes in 4 variants comprising of Multani Mitti with saffron, papaya, sandal and aloe Vera giving targeting different skin issues.

7. SAMEERA MULTABI MITTI FACE PACK

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Price: ₹ 112 for 100 gms
Sameera Multani mitti is 100 % natural powder when mixed with water or Rose Water is known to be an excellent skin-cleansing agent for the Oily Skin that helps clean the skin of all the oil, dirt and dead cells caused due to the polluted environment.

8. BANJARA’S MULTANI MITTI AND PAPAYA FACE PACK

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Price: ₹ 100 for 100 gms
Banjara’s 15 minutes Face Pack Multani + Papaya is smooth and soft with good consistency. It is a unique blend of Multani mitti and papaya extract to give clear and radiant skin. Multani mitti cleanses the skin, absorb the excess oil, open up the pores, reduces pimples marks and counteracts the effect of tanning to make the skin clear. Papaya hydrates and rejuvenate the skin making it young. It is suitable for people with Oily and acne prone skin.

9. ANCIENT LIVING MULTANI MITTI POWDER

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Price: ₹ 60 for 150 gms
Ancient Living Multani Mitti when mixed with water or orange juice or papaya pulp makes an effective face pack for Oily Skin. It acts as a natural skin toner with effective moisturizing properties. It helps to remove black heads and makes skin soft & smooth

10. ETHERIC MULTANI MITTI POWDERtheric Multani Mitti Powder

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Price: ₹ 125 for 100 gms
This light-colored Multani Mitti powder is the result of decomposed volcanic ash. Deep cleansing with Multani Mitti helps to remove impurities and dead skin cells, allowing the skin to breathe and absorb moisturizers more easily into the skin, leaving the skin glowing and refreshed! This powder can be made into a paste with rosewater, it makes an oil-absorbing and detoxifying mask suitable for oily complexions.

These Multani Mitti face packs work wonders for oily skin. Indulge in them now and stay beautiful! Your skin will love you for it and you will love the compliments.

Karisma Kapoor Gives Us A Casual Winter Party Outfit!!

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Karisma Kapoor always impresses us with her fashion sense. She was recently spotted at an event where she kept her look simple yet casual. She opted for a Marsala embellished Sweater from Burberry and a black faux leather pencil skirt from Forever New.

She also sported a ring from Jet Gems. She finished her look with black open toe booties from Giuseppe Zanotti Design, a chic ponytail and a matching lip. The look was styled by Eesha Aamin.

Another polished and stylish look – What do you guys say??

How To Style Your Sweater This Winter!!!

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Winter-Beautiful and coldest season in the year. It’s a time when days are shorter than the cool, romantic and long nights. We can say that the sweater weather is officially upon us. During winters, the cozy sweaters are absolute favorites. We love them because they are comfortable, stylish, versatile, and will keep us warm during the cold months. Many people feel that sweater is a weird choice which can obviously spoil your style, outfit and also gives you dull presence. It’s not the case. From oversized to crop to sweater dresses, here are few ways to embrace them like a true diva. So let us get you all wrapped up for the winter season with these styling tips.

1. SWEATER WITH JEANS

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A nice oversized sweater looks great over a pair of jeans. This look is super casual but still fashionable. The evergreen combination of a sweater with a well fitted pair of jeans never goes out of fashion. Wear them with just a pair of Flared or distressed jeans, or look uber cool with skinny jeans and a beanie and boots.

2. PAIR THEM WITH MINI SKIRTS

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Thinking about ditching your miniskirts this winter? Don’t!! Miniskirts pair well with chunky and oversized sweaters. The combination of a heavier knit with a shorter bottom looks absolutely sensational. There is no reason not to show off your legs this winter. If you are thinking what to wear this New Year’s Eve, the colder weather is no reason to ditch your leg-baring piece. You can look hot pairing a sparkly mini skirt with an oversized sweater and team it well with leggings and boots to keep your legs warm. Look like a true fashionista and party hard the whole night.

3. SWEATER DRESSES

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Love wearing dresses? You can do so – even in winter – with a stylish sweater dress. With your girly attitude and feminine style, the sweater dress is a great way to still look done up and pretty when the weather turns cold. Just add some knee high boots to keep those legs warm. They are truly comfy and make you look chic.

4. TEAM THEM UP WITH LONG SKIRTS

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There is something so romantic about the pairing of a maxi skirt with a sweater. It is an outfit that remains chic and elegant while bringing a breath of fresh air to a look. The key is playing with textures and proportions to strike the perfect skirt-to-sweater balance that remains feminine. This ensemble looks just as good with stiletto heels as it does with a pair of sneakers or boots.

5. WEAR THEM UNDER OVERALLS

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Overalls are practically a staple you can wear year-round, and pairing them with a sweater is the quickest ensemble that’ll get you out the door.

6. PAIR IT WITH LEGGINGS

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Who needs pants or jeans when you can wear fabulous leggings? During winters, Leggings are perfect for pairing with a giant sweater—the chunkier and longer, the better. The sweater-leggings style is one of the most convenient and comfortable. It is simple, cozy and very warm, all at the same time. The options are endless and you also have a lot of scope for experimenting. Team them with sneakers for that casual look or take the stylish route pairing the leggings- sweater with boots.

7. BELT YOUR SWEATER

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Belting loose, boxy style sweaters is not only figure flattering, but it also instantly makes what would typically be transferred to a weekend apartment-only sweater to a polished piece with a midi skirt or tailored trousers, or even a going-out top with the right fitted pants or mini.

8. WEAR THEM OVER BUTTON DOWN SHIRT

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Pair a sweater with a printed button down Shirt. The little peek-a-boo of the printed shirt would make an interesting outfit.

9. STYLE IT WITH SHORTS

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Who knew you could wear shorts in the middle of winter? Style them this way. Wear them with a sweater tucked into them or a crop sweater, and add tights and ankle boots and you are good to have some fun this winter.

10. WEAR IT UNDER COATS

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We know it’s cold, so don’t be afraid to use the sweater as a layering piece underneath the coat. Layering is super stylish so pair a large knit turtleneck sweater with a coat. You will look cozy and stylish and you are completely weather proof!

11. WEAR IT WITH PETER PAN COLLAR SHIRT

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Create a back to school look with a plain sweater by pairing with a cute Peter Pan collar shirt and a skirt.

12. ADD AN ACCESSORY

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Accessories play a significant role in making any piece of clothing look better than it already is. Adding a piece of jewelry like a statement necklace is the simplest solution to giving the sweater a wow factor. You can also go another route and add a knit beanie or a winter hat with a scarf for that extra special touch. Beanies can make outfits more casual, while wide brimmed hats can add a sophisticated touch and free look to your outfit.

A sweater is the perfect way to stay warm and look hot. As the days are getting colder, it’s time to dig out those cozy sweaters and stay warm and stylish at the same time. Say goodbye to boring old winter styles as we hope the above ideas will provide you with for some cute winter outfits. So go ahead and look fashionable and stay warm this winters!!!

Sonam Kapoor Looks Fabulous In Gucci

vogueBollywood fashionista Sonam Kapoor has always been a favourite for the style checkers of the town. This time the actress flaunting her beauty on Vogue’s cover page. On this January Vogue celebrating its 100th cover and the magazine has chosen Sonam for the cover page.

Sonam wears a Gucci pale pink floral suit from Gucci’s Fall 2015 collection with a red hot shirt. She left her hair untied. The actress looks classy and regal in the outfit.

Hair And Makeup For New Year’s Eve

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New year’s eve is right around the corner, literally and every woman is trying to nail it with her party look. In our last article we told you how to stand out in the crowd with your outfits at the new year party that you attend. But why just stop at a killer outfit? Remember, a good outfit can do almost nothing for you if you don’t have the right makeup and hairstyle to go with it. Here are some amazing ideas for you to decide on your hair and makeup for the party of the year:

1. BIG BUN AND BOLD EYES

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If you can carry off a big top bun and some smokey eyes, then this look is just for you. Buns are extremely in this season, they are uniquely sophisticated and are also easy to make. Smokey eyes are something that never go out of style, so why not?

2. RED LIPS

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Another classic, but remember to go easy on the eyes and contouring if you are going for bold red lips. Some lush mascara and basic eyeliner should be the bare essentials if you are going for red lips. Also, keep the hairstyle a simple low bun or simple waves so that the look doesn’t look overdone.

3. DARK NEUTRALS

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If you are going for a metallic outfit, then why not match your makeup to it? Keep a warm bronzey canvas of makeup ready for such a look. Don’t let your makeup stand out in this case, let it blend it with your overall outfit.

4. PEACHY GLOW AND LUSH LASHES

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Who said you can’t go for a fresh look in the wintery months? Look fresh as a peach with simple blush filled cheeks. Soft glowing skin is what you need to achieve here. And long lashes always earn the brownie points.

5. STAND OUT WITH SIMPLICITY

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Sometimes the key to standing out is not by applying makeup, but by not applying it instead. A lightweight foundation and a dash of powder is all it takes really. Even avoid eyeliner, go for a simple mascara and a basic gloss.

6. SUPER SLEEK WAVES AND CORAL CHEEKS

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Waves are always a good idea, especially if they are a little bit on the vintage side with a modern twist. This look will work especially for women with brown or black hair as the sleek look looks better on this colored hair. Finish it off with very light coral cheeks for the makeup. Make sure the hair takes the limelight here.

7. BLUNT BANGS

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Want to start the new year with a bang? Well, blunt bangs are the perfect choice for you then. They are the #1 recipe to change your look easily and successfully. Make sure you straighten them though, along with the rest of your hair if possible. Makeup needs to be very minimal here too, if you want to do justice to this very chic hairstyle.

8. THE CASUAL UPDO

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Its absolutely okay if you don’t want to go for something very elaborate. Try a messy bun and keep it simple, silly! Make sure some loose ends are out in the front to round up your face. A smokey eye look would look great with this hairstyle.

9. CASUAL SIDE PONYTAIL

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Another sleek hairstyle if you are up for straightening your hair. A side ponytail is extremely chic and we have tons of celebs as proof of that too. Take out a few front strands of your hair while you tie it, and make sure to keep it loose.

10. UlLTRA SLEEK BOB

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The most daring of all the above, this hairstyle is not for the soft hearted. It is one killer of a hairstyle, but make sure you have the face and quality of hair to keep it up. It’s the ultimate party ready look that we have seen in quite a while!

11. HAIR ACCESSORIES

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Headbands are quite perfect for this occasion, choose yours with care and make sure it matches your dress. Pearl or crystal headbands are your best option.

12. HALF UP AND HALF DOWN

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Yes, this hairstyle is definitely not out of style yet. It is easy to make, and it looks even better when its messy like Chrissy Teigen’s! Lay low on the makeup with nude lips and basic contouring.

13. PLAIT IT!

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Plaited hair looks ultra chic with nude lips and smokey eyes. Once again, messy is the key to this look, so you don’t need to worry if you are a fidgety person. We definitely think you should copy this look from the above picture this new years eve!

14. BOLD EYESHADOWS

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Experiment with bold eyeshadows this season, either take a complimentary color to your outfit or a similar shade. If you don’t take your chances now then when will you?

So that’s our round-up of the best makeup and hairstyles that you can try for this new year’s eve!

How To Dress Up On New Year’s Eve

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The best reason to dress up in the year is right around the corner. That’s right, new year’s eve is almost here. Everyone has some plan or the other, whether it’s a house party or an all out fancy celebration at a hotel, we all need to dress up. On this occasion people are often confused about what would be the perfect outfit for this perfect occasion. So we decided to help you a little bit with that, here’s the lowdown on what you can do to get all dolled up on new years, and also a few tips of what you should definitely not wear for it.

WHAT TO WEAR

1. Jazz Up That LBD

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Almost every woman/girl out there has an LBD in her closet. So why not use this classic on new year’s eve right? All you need to do is add some statement silver or gold accessories and you are good to go. Instead of the usual statement necklace or chandelier earrings, maybe you could opt for a headchain, or a really funky bracelet instead. Just make sure it matches the kind of party you are attending.

2. Shine On!

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Movable embellishments like movable sequins are perfect for a night full of drinking and dancing. Try a sequined shift dress, basically a dress that is comfortable to stay in all night long. Keep the rest of your look simple in this case, as the sequins are already shimmery.

3. Match Your Heels And Pants

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So you are not a dress person, that’s perfectly fine! Teaming up a simple top with some shiny pants and a jacket seems like a great idea, its something different, and you may just end up making quite a statement. Just one last thing to look even better, match your pants and the heels that you wear.

4. Tuxedo, Anyone?

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Once again, ditch the dress and do something different! How about a tuxedo and a sharp blazer to go with it? Its Oh So Chic, isn’t it? Ofcourse you should also add some girly touches, like bold lips or some major jewelry.
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5. The Daring Piece

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Have an outfit in your closet that you thought was too much for other parties? Well, new year’s eve is your cue to wear it and stun the hell out of everyone. Something in head to toe red maybe could be amazing, other colors like black, grey, purple and even a royal blue could work amazingly well!

6. Citrus Isn’t Just For Summer

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Well, you don’t need to keep all those bright outfits just for summery days out. You can make it appropriate for the party season by adding some nice accessories. And if you feel cold, then carry a blazer and some tights along with you just in case!

7. Play With Proportions

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You don’t have to go for something conventional all the time! Go for something unique like a long skirt and a short sweater with a shirt underneath. Its cosy, sophisticated as hell and will definitely make you stand out without trying too hard.

8. Skinny Pants Are Always A Good Idea

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Have absolutely nothing to wear? Skinny pants to the rescue. Go for simple leather or even cotton skinny pants teamed up with a simple top and a nice overcoat/jacket along with some pointy stilettos. Don’t forget the bold clutch.

WHAT NOT TO WEAR

1. Shiny Headgear

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Headchains or some cute clips are fine. But don’t go all out with sequined hats, turbans etc. They are absolutely unnecessary and can ruin your outfit in a second.

2. The Overly Sexy Dress

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Yes, you need to look like a bomb, but there is a thin line between that and looking trash. A sequined dress is fine, but don’t show too much skin for no reason.
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3. All Leather

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Please avoid this at all costs, especially a leather dress. There is simply no choice here.

4. Day Dresses

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Ya you should make an effort to stand out in the crowd, but definitely not with an understated summer dress. New years eve is a happy occasion, wear something more suitable to the occasion.

5. Blingy Jackets

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Another avoid at all cost item, it does almost nothing for you. Sequinned dress, hell yes. But jacket? No way!

Long Lasting Foundations For Your D-Day

Bridal-foundationOne of the most crucial steps towards achieving a perfect wedding-day makeup is ‘foundation’. Top makeup artists take great care to ensure that they use the right foundation for the bride and once that’s done, half the job is complete! Without further ado, here’s our pick of the top 10 D-Day foundations for Indian skin.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A BRIDAL FOUNDATION
  1. The shade should blend naturally.
  2. It should be long-lasting, enough to last through the wedding ceremony
  3. The finish shouldn’t be oily or cakey on your skin
  4. It should not oxidise
  5. It should not cause flashbacks

Ps: Foundations that contain high SPF and titanium dioxide can make your skin appear chalky white when photographed with flash.

TOP 10 LONG-LASTING FOUNDATIONS

1. Max Factor FaceFinity All day 3-in-1 foundation (Rs. 910 for 150 ml)

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This 3-in-1 foundation has SPF 20 and does the function of a primer, concealer and foundation. So that’s a win-win!
Texture: Demi-matte, slightly dewy
Coverage: Medium to full

2. Revlon PhotoReady Makeup SPF 20 Foundation (Rs. 850 for 30 ml)

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This foundation contains photogenic pigments (fine shimmer) that reflect light, thereby creating an illusion of radiant skin.
Texture: Smooth, hydrating
Coverage: Medium
Cons: Not recommended for oily skin

3. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear (Rs. 2790 for 30ml)

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It is one of the best foundations for flash photography, stays put even in hot-humid conditions and is suitable even for sensitive skin.
Texture: Light and breathable with demi-matte finish
Coverage: Full
Cons:
Not recommended for dry skin.
Strong smell.
It does not come off easily.

4. Make Up Artist Forever Ultra-HD (Rs. 2100 for 30ml)

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Most make-up artists prefer this foundation because it has a flawless finish and looks great even under flash photography.
Texture: Dewy finish
Coverage: Medium
Cons:
Not recommended for oily skin.
Quick dry.

5. Make Up Forever Mat Velvet Foundation (Rs. 2100 for 30ml)

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One of the best foundations for oily skin, this is long-lasting and water resistant.
Texture: Matte
Coverage: Full
Cons:
It can get oxidized in humid conditions.
It can settle between pores. Use a blotting paper to even out.
Not recommended for dry skin.

6. Bobbi Brown Liquid Foundation (Rs. 3250 for 30ml)

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Preferred by professionals, this foundation has a breathable consistency and provides a natural finish.
Texture: Dewy
Coverage: Light
Cons:
Does not conceal blemishes

7. Urban Decay Naked-Skin-Weightless-Ultra-Definition Liquid Makeup (Rs. 3350 for 30ml)

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The catch is its wide range of shades (grouped under warm and cool undertones) and long-lasting (8-12 hrs) finish. And oh! Kim Kardashian used this foundation on her wedding day.
Texture: Demi-matte finish
Coverage: Sheer to medium
Cons:
Paint-like smell.
It can settle into dry skin patches.

8. Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation (Rs. 2700 for 30ml)

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It is 37 % water based oil-free formulae with ultra fine shimmer that makes skin radiant under photograph. It also has soothing rose extracts for sensitive skin.
Texture: Matte with a dewy finish
Coverage: Medium
Cons: Contains denat alcohol

9. Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation (Rs. 1540 for 30ml)

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Suitable even for acne prone skin, this foundation boasts of 3 correcting pigments that target dark circles, dull complexion and redness (amazing!). This lightweight formulae is said to last 10 hours.
Texture: Hydrating, yet gives a powdery-Matte finish
Coverage: Full

10. The Body Shop Moisture Foundation with SPF 15 (Rs. 1395)

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This is a lightweight moisturizing foundation with Vitamin E, marula oil and beeswax. It has very fine light reflective particles for better photograph result.
Texture: Dewy
Coverage: Medium
It is available in two variants, one for oily skin and other for dry skin.

IMPORTANT TIPS WHILE PICKING THE FOUNDATION SHADE
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  • Warm skin-toned (veins appear green) works well with a yellow undertone
  • Cool skin-toned (veins appear blue) works well with a pink undertone
  • Check the foundation shade on your cheek to jaw line in natural light
  • Cross check with a lighter and a darker shade as well
  • Pick the shade that blends naturally to your skin tone
  • Wait for atleast half an hour to test if the foundation oxidises (turns orang-y)

Every person has a different skin type, a foundation that works beautifully on one might react differently on another. So always try out the foundation beforehand