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They say that the best love is unexpected, when you least expect it and with the one you can never really imagine. Such is the story of our bride today. Adhya Purakayastha, she met her husband in a hospital. Life is not always easy, but that’s what makes us strong. Isn't? And thus the feeling of reaching your arm over and feeling someone beside you when you need him the most is unparalleled, indescribable.


Lets listen to her story in her own words…

How did you guys meet?

--- We first met at Woodlands Hospital where my ailing and critically ill mother was undergoing treatment for mesenteric thrombosis. He wasn't in the team of doctors seeing my mother, yet surpassed his duties & made sure I didn't crumble under such horrid situations. I lost my mother during this but I believe it's her blessings that I found a gem of a person and my life partner at a place where you least expect it.



So how long did you get to plan your entire wedding?
--- It took us roughly 7-8 months to plan things. One of the first things we did was to book Kenilworth Hotel Lawns for our Venue followed by the Bridal Makeup Artist and the Wedding Photographer cum Cinematographer. We planned everything on our own so it took us more time than usual.

Tell us something about where you got your outfits and accessories, both wedding and reception?
--- I chose to go the traditional way for my Wedding Day on 1st of February, 2018 and wore a dark red heavily embroidered Banarasi that we bought from Adobe Dhakeshwari Bastralayin Triangular Park. The coordinating veil was carefully selected after a lot of trials, we found the largest variety at Priyo Gopal Bishoyi in Gariahat. The groom's wedding outfit was from Gatha and the pattabastra (traditional clothes worn during the rituals) were from Kinnar Kinnari. Our shoes were from Hamlyn.



For reception, my mother in law bought a beautiful yellow, gold and fuchsia Mysore Silk from Nahata Textiles in Silchar. The saree was my husband's choice and it was love at first sight for him, I couldn't agree more as it was gorgeous without being heavy. 



My ornaments were mostly heirloom, from my mother as well as my mother-in-law. The peacock set I wore on my reception was gifted to me by my mother-in-law from P.C. Chandra Jewellers. Most of my bangles were from Tanishq and Senco Gold.



Where did you get your makeup and hair done?
--- After very detailed research and many sleepless nights, I had zeroed in on Sheetal Dey Makeovers for my D Day and I was lucky that I could book her without any date issues. She did an absolutely fabulous job and I wouldn't swap her for anyone else. More than anything, her behaviour and eye for detail were something that set her apart. It was a wonderful experience.



 
Tell us something about your photographer?
---We zeroed down on Dilshaadi for our Wedding Photography and Videography. Though their work is brilliant, can't say the same about their quality of service and punctuality. It was a tough time coordinating with them and there wasn't much of pro activity from their end. Overall, the service left a lot to be desired and for the price we paid, we could have certainly had a better experience.



Any special moment you want to share with us?
---The most special moment from our Wedding was when we first saw each other on the Stage after 3 long days of not seeing each other except for WhatsApp Video Calls. I could almost see a parental pride in my man's eyes and something in the heart of my hearts told me that nothing & no one could protect and love me the way this man right here would - I had never felt that way before, it was exhilarating to say the least.


 Any advice you want to all the readers out there?
---- Anything permanent isn't easy and weddings come with their fair share of stress. Don't let that bog you down. We all have made through it and you shall too. Choose your Venue, Wedding Photographer and Makeup Artist wisely; make sure that the venue and photographer are the first things you zero down on once your date is fixed & be sure to formally book them. Enjoy the planning cause the months leading to your Wedding would be memories to cherish forever.


DECKandDINE says:-
She is the bride we see on magazine cover pictures. Absolutely stunning. Love the smokey eyes, love the sultriness of the look. The smokey eyes and red Benarasi combo is smashing and I just can’t take my eyes off her pictures. I love her reception look as well, classy and elegant. Also, I can’t really get over her tresses. So so beautiful.

 


Wishing you both a lifetime of greatest joy, love and happiness. Much love :) 

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Hello everyone,

Today I am here with a requested ‘celebrity inspired makeup’. I love creating celebrity inspired looks and love it even more when you appreciate it and love it even more and more when you request to create another celebrity inspired look; this shows your love for my work, your trust in me.


The look I’ll be doing today is “Sonam Kapoor’s yellow eye makeup in Cannes”, that is how it is trending in social media. I personally loved the nude corset gown with that canary yellow train and how the eye makeup beautifully complemented it. Hair tied in a low messy bun, minimal accessories and pop of yellow on eyes, the look is summer goals.

Well, here goes my version...


 


I won’t say that this is a recreation, as I have twisted and twirled the look as per my comfort. For example, the look doesn’t feature a cut crease, but I did, simply to make it more wearable. (Yes, I can wear a cut crease with ease, but not a pop of color which goes way past the crease. This is thus an inspired look where I have only borrowed the color palette and nothing else!

So, let us begin…

EYES:-


 
I prefer doing eyes first, so that if there are fall outs, I can always clean them off.


I started by grooming my eyebrows and setting my eye lids with a skin colored eye shadow, so that there are no oil residue left behind.
I took a brown colored eye shadow on a fluffy brush went to and fro on my crease, adding some depth to that area.
Swirled my finger on a matte black eye shadow and then just patted it on the outer corner of my eyes and blended well into the brown. Make sure you don’t take the black past the socket line.
Now with a flat brush dipped in concealer I gently cut my crease, filling the lid with the concealer. (See pic for reference)


Then came the most exciting part, packing the yellow eye shadow. I packed yellow eye shadow on the inner corners of my eyes and then took a shimmery white and applied on the center, to give a halo effect.
Highlighted my brow bone with the same shimmery white eye shadow.
Lined by waterline, took a black eye shadow on a smudger brush and smudged the kohl with it.



Finally false lashes and loads of kohl to finish off the look.
My eye shadows are from Coastal Scents 252 Eye shadow palette, the kohl is Lakme Eye Conic and mascara is Loreal Manga.

BASE:-
My foundation, corrector and concealer are all from Kryolan Derma Pallet. This pallet is such a savior, a true beauty. I set the base with Sugar Cosmetics Compact. Blush and contour powder from Ben Nye Blush Palette. Highlighter is Benefit Highbeam.


LIPS:-
I applied a pink lipstick and then topped it with a pink gloss. The lipstick is from Anastasia Beverly Hills lip palette and gloss is my Maybelline


Time for a few more pictures... :)








Ignore the expressions. I was bored to death ....
 
Anyway, hope you all will like the look. But hate it or love it, don't forget to pour in your comments. 
See you on my next post. Take care :)
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Cannes Film festival may officially be all about film critics’ choice of awards and accolades, but to most of us, it is really about the stunning dresses and sizzling accessories on those famed French red-carpeted steps.
Fashion in Cannes Film Festival has become all about experiments. From dresses, accessories to makeup and hairstyle, celebrities never fail to leave us gaping, sometimes in awe and well, sometimes in wonder.

After the immense love I received on my Aishwarya Rai’s Cannes 2018 makeuprecreation, I thought of doing another inspired makeup, and this time it is Deepika Padukone’s. The leggy lass of Bollywood closed her 2018 Cannes Film Festival diaries making a bold fashion statement in an origami, frilly hot pink Ashi Studio couture and dramatic makeup.
I was in a double mind, whether to recreate or not (actually whether to get off my lazy bum and do something fruitful or not). But after seeing Anjana Di’s creation, I was like “Let’s Do It”.

And, hence…




Lets begin with ...
 
EYES:-

The eye makeup is the center of all the attraction here.
I would recommend doing the eyes first, so that you can clean off the fall outs before doing the base.


I started by grooming my eyebrows and setting my eye lids with a skin color eye shadow.
Then I patted a matte black eye shadow on the center of my lids and blended well with a fluffy brush. I took the eye shadow past my eye area winging it out.
I swirled the same fluffy brush on a dark brown eye shadow and went to and fro on the crease, blending in with the black and winging it out just like the black.
Then taking a medium reddish brown on the fluffy brush, I went to and fro just above the crease on the wing, further extending it and also on the lower lash line.
(At this stage, everything looked so messy and funny with eye shadow fall outs all over my cheeks. This can happen with you too, so don’t panic. Using a wet wipe I cleaned off the excess and fall-outs, it started looking weirder.
Never mind, I went on with the look.)


I lined my waterline with a kohl and smudged it well.
On a pencil brush I took the same reddish brown eyeshadow and packed on the lower lash line again.
Applied highlighter on my brow bone and on the inner corners of my eyes and trust me, this step made all the difference.
Finally applied falsies and mascara to round off the look.
Phew..!!



All my eye shadows are from Coastal Scents 252 eye shadow palette. The kohl is Lakme Eyeconic and mascara is L’OrealManga.


REST OF THE MAKEUP:- :P
I had to clean up again because of the extreme fall outs. The black eye shadow is such a dud.
I did my base makeup with Cinema Secrets foundation. Color corrected and concealed using shades from Kryolan Derma pallet. My blush and contour powder is from Ben Nye Blush Palette and highlighter is actually an eye shadow by Deborah Milano.
Lipstick is Yash by MAC.

 

Though not exactly how it was supposed to turn out, yet I was so happy with the final look, but the fallouts totally ruined my base. I had black eye shadow all over my cheeks and under eye area.
Anyway, don’t forget to let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Your words mean a lot :)
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Raw mango and summers are thick as thieves. In India, you can’t imagine summer without Aam pora sarbat, aam panna, aam pudina chutney and other kachha aam’ly things. So, to add to your mango madness this summer, lets add some fish to it.
Presenting, Aam Mourala.


It is a delicious sweet-tangy dish which tastes heavenly in these scorching summer days. It is very simple, yet totally lip-smacking. A favorite of mine, this dish like a time machine, takes me to the days of my childhood in our quaint central Kolkata home and enlivens my memory of the old house and old people, reminds me of my ‘tham’.
She used to cook something very similar to this and it refreshed the tired soul of the 8 year old me like nothing else.
Fine, no more blabbering, let us cook now :)

INGREDIENTS:-

  • Mourala Mach/ Anchovies – Cleaned, washed and marinated with salt
  • 2 medium sized Raw Mangoes- 1 sliced and 1 made into paste
                                             (You can change the quantity as per your taste)
  • Mustard paste
  • Salt as per taste
  • Sugar as per taste
  • Mustard Oil
  • Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Dry red chilies

PROCEDURE:

    Heat oil in a pan and start frying the fishes till then become golden and crispy.
    Add water and let it come to boil.
    In the same oil add jeera seeds and red chilies to splatter.
    Now dunk in the sliced mangoes, sprinkle salt and turmeric.


    Add the fried fishes, raw mango paste, mustard paste, sugar, mix well and cover up for 2 minutes.
    Once the gravy thickens, turn off the flame, take out in a bowl and serve with steamed rice.
     

    Summer noon sorted!
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    Cleansing oil, we all know how dear these bottles of magical oils are to us. Whether you are an ardent follower of Korean double cleansing method or just want to melt off the day’s makeup, cleansing oils always come to our rescue.
    I have been using ‘cleansing oil’ as a first cleanser for years now and by cleansing oil I mean my homemade ones. But recently, as I have become more conscious about skincare and aware of methods, I thought of getting a ‘proper’ cleansing oil. I have been a fan of Innisfree products and when I saw it on Nykaa at a whopping 50% off, I didn’t think twice before adding it to the cart…
    So without any further ado, lets get into the nitty gritty details…


    PACKAGING:-
    It comes in a green translucent bottle with a pump dispenser. The advantage of being a semi-transparent bottle is that you can easily see the quantity of product left. There is also a pump dispenser guard or stopper which provides spill-free travel. You can toss it in your hand bag without any fear.




    AVAILABILITY:-
    Nykaa, Innisfree website and Innsifree stores across the country.

    PRICE:-
    Rs. 1,400/- for 150ml. I got it for Rs. 700 during discount. 



    WHY I STARTED USING IT:-
    As I said, I got into double cleansing and was looking for a gentle first cleanser. Double cleansing is simple yet very effective, especially if you have makeup on.
    Double cleansing has been an indispensible part of my life. It has really made a difference and helped in making my skin clearer, healthier and more radiant. And to double cleanse, an oil based cleanser is needed as your first cleanser. In my quest to find the perfect oil-cleanser, I bumped into this.

    HOW I LOVE TO USE IT:-
    I just dispense 1-2 pumps of it on my palm and then spread it across my dry face. I allow it to sit on my skin for about 2 minutes and then gently start massaging. Once I feel that the makeup has loosened, I wet my hands and massage again. Then I rinse up thoroughly and proceed with a gentle foam cleanser. 


    PERFORMANCE:-
    It is an emulsifying, oil-based cleanser which intends to loosen and melt off your makeup, dirt and grime.  The product is non-sticky, runny, silky oil which will emulsify into a thin, milky lather upon coming in contact with water. The oil spreads easily and lubricates enough which means that you don’t have to put a lot of effort rubbing and spreading it. It has a crisp, refreshing fragrance which I love.
    It beautifully breaks up and loosens makeup, even the waterproof ones. 


    See above, these are swatches of few of my most ‘removal-resistant’ makeup products and the oil took off almost all the makeup. The black eye liner which survived till last is a crazily stubborn one. No makeup remover till date has been able to wipe it off fully without effort. Thus I don’t even consider it as a part of the competition, yet was eager to see how this one works on it. Well, it needed a little effort but was removed.
    Neither does the product leave any oil residue (even if I don’t foam cleanse afterwards), nor does it strip off the essential moisture from my skin. Basically an amazing product which is gentle on your skin and provides balanced moisturisation, just what we all need. It didn’t clog pores, cause any irritation, allergy or breakouts, instead leaves skin soft and supple.

    DISSAPOINTMENTS:-
    The product contains only 0.01% green tea extract. That’s cheating :P
    Also it stings eyes. Be careful.

    FINAL THOUGHTS:-
    I am not a person who is into crazy-notorious-stubborn waterproof makeup and thus I love how easily and efficiently this product melts off everything, removes all the dirt and leaves skin squeaky clean and refreshed. So if you are a person who is into normal-wear makeup, this is going to work beautifully on you. If you wear waterproof makeup, you will just have to spend a little more time rubbing and massaging it.
    The best part is the fragrance, it is so soothing and feels amazing at the end of the day.

    RATINGS:-
    3.8/5 :)
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    I never, in my wildest of dreams, have ever thought that one day I’ll be crushing over Aiswarya Rai. Though considered world’s one of the most beautiful women, she never really wowed me; until in 2014, when she not only wowed me, but the whole world with her dazzling appearance in gold at Cannes Film Festival 2014. From then I eagerly wait for her Cannes appearances and recreating her looks is what I love.
    The thing I like most about this woman is that she never shies away from experimenting. She gives a damn to all the raised brows and carries herself like the bombshell that she is. To me, she is the queen of red carpets and I just can’t stop admiring her.
    This year, as most of you know, she ‘blew’ everyone’s mind with the stunning butterfly pattern inspired Michael Cinco mermaid gown with a 3-metre train on her first day at the Cannes, complementing the gown she did a glitter winged liner look, owing and slaying the red carpet as always.

    Today I am here with an inspired version of this makeup. I wouldn’t say this as an exact recreation. I did little changes to suit myself. Moreover, I was confused about the look, whether she had a subtle smokey or a wash of satiny orange on lids; but the one thing I was sure of was the dramatic ‘sequined’ wing. It stole the show ;)
     



    So let’s begin..

    EYES:-

    I always do eyes first, so that if there are fallouts, I can easily clean them off. I started by grooming my eyebrows and applying a wash of skin colored eye shadow all over my lid, crease and brow bone to get rid of any oil residue. I took a fluffy brush and applied a wash of warm brown on my crease. Then taking a flat eye shadow brush I patted a satiny warm copper on my lid and then blended it well with the same fluffy brush. I took some dark brown on the fluffy brush and applied it on the outer corners to add a little depth. This step is optional though. I highlighted my brow bone and inner duct area with a shimmery ice gold shade. Now comes the most crucial part of the eye makeup, the wing. Using a black liquid liner I started tracing the wing and then finally filling it out. 

     
    I didn’t go for a bold wing like Aishwarya, however you can always opt for one. After my wings were done I took some lash glue and applied it over the wing. I let the glue dry a little and then started to gently place the blue glitters on it. This is the most annoying step for a impatient person like me. The glitters pissed me off, really. They took years to set; some stuck, some didn’t, some had their own life and moved all over my face. Anyway, after the glitters were set, I moved on to my lower lash line. Lined my waterline with black kohl and with the same fluffy brush dusted some copper eye shadow on my lower lash line. Finally, applied falsies and mascara to finish off my look. 


    BASE:-
    Cleaned off fallouts, picked and threw the glitters and then applied moisturizer. Then dotted my favorite foundation all over the face and blended well with a wet sponge, this gives a dewy finish. Did subtle correcting and concealing. My foundation is from Cinema Secrets and corrector and concealer are all from Ben Nye


    CHEEKS:-
    Applied a coral colored blush on the cheeks and also highlighter on my cheek bones and the bridge of nose and a little on my chin. Forgot to contour L
    My blush is from Ben Nye Blush Palette and highlighter is Wispby Colourpop.


    LIPS:-
    A mixture of MAC Lady Danger and NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels.


    Well, this is it. This is my version and I was pretty happy with the outcome. But the pictures are not doing justice to the look. My camera has gone mad and it refused to listen to me. No matter what I do and how I set it, it changes into something else. Hence some pictures are too yellow, some too orange, some blurry and the rest weird.. Just like me ;)



    Let me know in the comment section what you think about the look. 

    You can see other Aishwarya Rai inspired looks HERE and HERE.

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    Hello everyone,

    As you all know, Nykaa has finally launched KIKO MILANO today. KIKO MILANO is a leading Italian brand that has an amazing range of cosmetics, makeup and skin care products. The brand is known for their exotic beauty products at a drugstore price tag. Sounds pretty alluring. Right?
    But, Alas! In India the products are not very cheap. Nevermind, we can always indulge in one or two, once a while.
    I have been getting too many enquires about their best sellers.

    So without wasting anytime, lets discover the selection of un-missable beauty products from the house of KIKO MILANO:)]

    YAYs:-

    Kiko Milano BLUSHES:-
    Price:
    Starts from INR 790
    Beautiful colors, amazing textures and long staying. Blushes were my first ever KIKO purchase and I fell in love at the first swatch. 


    Kiko Milano Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow:-
    Price:- INR800
    Available in 19 stunning colors. One of the best stick eye shadows I ever used. Fabulous colors, creamy texture, easy to apply and settles in gorgeous matte finish. The eye shadows are easily blendable, but as they set relatively quickly you have to smudge them before they get completely dry. Absolute love!


    Kiko Milano Full Coverage Concealer
    Price:- INR 850.
    A heavy-duty concealer that is creamy, non-greasy, easy to apply and blendable and covers scars and marks beautifully. If blended properly, it looks natural and stays put for the entire day. There are 8 shades available in India.
    Kiko Milano New Unlimited Stylo Lipsticks:-
    Price: INR 1050
    I love this range. Stunning colors, creamy texture, glides beautifully, comfortable and polished semi-matte finish (though they look full matte on me), incredibly pigmented and long staying. What more can I ask from a range of lipsticks? But prep your lips well before applying, otherwise they might accentuate dry patches and appear flaky. 

    Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow:-
    Price:-
    INR 1050.
    This range is again pure love. Expensive, but oh so gorgeous! My favourite is 208 Light Gold. Such a stunning color and amazing texture. You can use it wet or dry, can wear it as an eye shadow and even as a highlighter; a close dupe of  Mac Oh Darling  and Mac Whisper of Guilt highlighter. Their Long Lasting Wet & Dry Use Eyeshadows are good as well.

    Kiko Milano Eyebrow Fibers Coloured Mascara:-
    Price:
    INR 800
    It does its job of grooming eye brows pretty well. The brows look naturally thicker and more polished and keeps eye brow in place all day. However, only a single shade is available in India right now. Though it will go with Indian skin tone pretty nicely, however, a few more shades won’t hurt. There is a clear eye brow gel, which is amazing too. Check it out HERE.

    Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lip Pencil:-
    Price:
    INR 290
    I love this range because of the texture. They are neither too creamy that will break with slightest of pressures, nor are they too hard that will tug your lips and result in uneven application. The texture is so perfect. Beautiful colors, perfect texture, goes on like breeze and well pigmented. The range has some crazy MAC lip liner dupes. For ex, 533 in Kiko is a dupe of MAC Whirl. 

    NAIL POLISHES:-
    There is an amazing selection of different nail polishes with different finishes. Can be given a try.

    Flawless Fusion Powder Bronzer:-
    Price: INR 1250
    It has a velvety texture with a polished matte finish. The bronzer is sans simmers and gives a very natural sun-kissed look. There is a dearth of good bronzers in India and I am sure this is going to 

    MEHs:-

    Kiko Milano Unlimited Foundation:-
    Price:-
    INR1700
    It is supposed to be a hydrating foundation, but it felt so drying, looked cakey and was very hard to blend. Don’t buy without swatching them.

    Glow Touch Lips & Cheeks:-
    This never worked on me. Excessively drying on lips and weirdly sticky on cheeks. 

    Single Color EyeShadows:-
    Some of them are too glittery, chunky, some of them are dry, some goes patchy, some of them have crazy fallouts and some have poor pigmentation. It is better to stay away from the range.

    Brushes:-
    I am not a fan of Kiko brushes. They feel hard, pokey and also shed from the first wash.

    So if possible, stay away from the above four Mehs.

    Hope this post helps you in deciding and finalizing your stuff. Nykaa is also giving a free lipstick worth Rs.390 on purchase of KIKO Milano products worth Rs.899 and above. So hurry. Offer valid till stock lasts… J

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    Harking back to the days of yore in the quaint old Havelis of North Kolkata where ladies draped their Dhakai Jamdanis in "Shabeki" or traditional Bengali style , accompanied with full or three-quartered sleeve ruffled blouses and ornate gold jewellery. Today, through my post here I am just trying to humbly represent that era; that era when the novels ofTagore or Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay were brimming with strong and liberated women, who brought in the first ray offeminism, and were considered as the most emancipated in their society.


    Poila Baishak or Durga Puja away from home feels morbid, feels wrong, very very disheartening, depressing and aberrant. Only someone who lives far away from his/her family would truly understand what it means to be with them during times of celebrations.

    While I will be stuck here, sitting on my butt all day doing nothing, probably crying and screaming my heart out all alone in this house and cursing my life even more seeing you all upload pictures of your Poila Baishaklooks and yummy poila boishak special dishes.
    But no, as I write this, I promise myself not to waste the day and put my best Bong fashion foot forward and roam about on the streets of Varanasi.
    Sounds paradoxical? Great…Let it be! This is what I’ll be looking like and will probably be happy.


    For the look on Poila Baishak I couln’t think of anything else other than a saree, other than a Dhakai Jamdani saree. I gave the traditional Bengali ‘white and red’ saree a break and instead went for a sea green Dhakai jamdani sareewith white and light yellow thread-work paired with a light yellow ruffled blouse. There are two reasons for choosing this saree, firstly, the color combination is very soothing and apt for the sultry hot weather; and secondly, this is the only saree I have with me right now.

    SAREE:-
     The traditional way of wearing ‘Atpoure’ saree is without pleats, where the saree is wrapped around in an anti-clockwise direction around the waist and then a second time from the other direction. The loose end is a lot longer and that goes around the body over the left shoulder and then the end on the right. There is also enough cloth left to cover the head. But today I went for pleats, simply because the traditional ‘atpoure’ style isn’t my cup of tea and I only know how to don the ‘atpoure’ style with pleats.



     
    To nail that perfect Bengali look, I went for a quarter-sleeved yellow blouse with white laced frills. It was made by my mother-in-law in half a day. I wish I had a fraction of the talent that my two mothers have. I have never worn a ruffle blouse and now I regret why!


    MAKEUP:-


    My makeup here is uber simple. I went for a neutral makeup which is glamorous without being too dramatic, polished yet not made up.
    I have just applied a moisturiser and a BB cream as the base. Skipped concealing (hence the panda eyes). You can go for foundation as per your choice and do correcting and concealing as well. As this is a day look and I am in a weird hot and sultry place with sudden rains, I skipped them. I just lightly dusted my Ben Nye Fair Powder on my T-zone.


    For eyes, on my lids I applied a shimmery champagne color which had hints of rose gold and spread it really well with fingers. Now on a fluffy brush, took some brown and patted on the outer corners and went to and fro on the crease. With a black liquid liner I lined my upper lash line, winging it at the corners. Applied kohl on the waterline and using the same liquid liner, following my eye shape, I drew a line just below the kohl. This is weird, but gives a stunning bold, sharp look. I have tried doing this with gel liners, but could never achieve the intensity.



    Light pink blush on cheeks and a peachy nude color on lips. Blush is from Ben Nye palette and lipcolor is The Body Shop Nairobi Camilla.


    ACCESSORIES:-
    I opted for minimal accessories. The earrings are exclusive handcrafted composite turquoise gemstone earrings with pearl drops. I received this as a PR product and I am so in love with it. 
     
    The bangle on my right hand is a simple gold one, a gift from darling mother-in-law. Ohh!! A kamarbandh too just to keep the saree from acting weird.

    NAILS:-
    I did my mani keeping the saree in mind. I perky yellow nail polish on all the nails except the ring finger and on that one a pastel turquoise blue to go with the saree.


    This completes my look for the upcoming event. Hope you all like it.... :)



    Behind the sceness ;)
    Wishing you all love, health and peace in this New Year.
    Subho Noboborsher pretti o subhecha sobaike :)
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    Ladies, cover your eyes, this post isn't for you ;)
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    It’s very infrequent that an eatery checks almost all the boxes, especially mine. So when i find a restaurant that does, it is obvously very satisfying. It was an early evening visit for me, i wanted to see for myself whether all the hoopla about 'BACCARA Club Lounge' was true of not.

    What struck me as very insightful on the owners part was the application of a themed restaurant concept, or to be honest. A multi themed concept. The themes are well thought out and very well implemented. The location is is very convenient too.  Its at at very sweet spot bang on Ashutosh Mukherjee Road, walking distance from Exide more/ Metro station, Forum Mall, and very easily locatable by cabs too.


    THE THEMES/AREAS:
    The ground floor is a modern, art, casual, family dining area, with warm and fresh appeal. The artwork on the walls make the area look contemporary and upbeat. The flight of stairs to the first floor feels like an emirates or qatar airways flight. It literally transports you to a mid-eastern desert cabana sans the sand and hot breeze. The cabanas themselves are pretty cozy and comfortable. The colour scheme is predominantly red based and coupled with the lighting and music and the hookahs, this floor gets one totally transfixed. The second floor has a more corporate vibe to it. It is a work in progress, and i am sure that it will be a blast once its ready.




    THE FOOD

    PERI PERI CHICKEN:
    The meat was very well marinated, and he flavor was a mouthful. Our host mentioned that special care is taken so that meat kept its moisture and yet didn’t feel under seasoned. The reddish colour of the meat highlighted the ravishing flavor of the dish.


    JUJHE KEBAB
    :
    Once again chunky pieces of meat cooked to perfection. Lime was the dominant flavor of this dish and the taste was very well balanced by the chutney. Super thumbs up.


    CHEESY VEG RANGOON:
    This once again was great, the wrapping was thin, the three cheese filling was sumptuous and they were fried to perfection. The downside however was the sauce served along with, its was too tangy and cut through the creamy after taste of the cheese.


    PHILADELPHIA STUFFED MUSHROOM: One of the best mushroom dishes I have had till date. As with all their dishes, the seasoning and coking was spot on. The cheese was good and complemented the other flavors of the dish. 


     


    CHICKEN MALAIWALA WITH NAAN:
    Lived up to its name, it oozed malai from all corners. The flavours were delicate,t he bread was perfectly done, crispy brown on top, soft white on the inside. If we hadn’t ordered this last, i could have atleast 5 platefuls. The best part was the gravy, it was not over spiced, very finely balanced and very smooth too.


    THE BEVERAGES:

    KITKAT SHAKE:
    It had a lot of kit kat and was really well shaken. It was literally loaded with kitkat, the flavor was predominantly chocolaty, i would have liked a hint of salted caramel, but that’s just me. In my opinion they should have added whipped cream instead of ice cream. It was an excellent cooler and pretty heavy to. Even when we drank it after a while, it didn’t feel mushy as wafer based shakes tend to feel.


    PO RIVER BLUE:
    This drink took me back to my college summer afternoons when our best companions were ice slurry drinks. The blue curacao flavor was sumptuously added, the sliced mandarin peel lent a nice contrast and there were finely diced cherries in the drink that gives one something to chew upon.


    WATERMELON MOJITO:
    This is one of the most common drinks around, yet they added a bit of their own flavor to it.  It was amazingly refreshing.


    THE HOOKAS:
    One word answer : GRAND.  They are beautiful and just ooze grandeur. There are some modern ones too with a touch of LED technology, but the traditional ones look the best. 





    As I said in the beginning, its not very often that a restaurant checks most boxes, but I can assure you that BACCARA Club Lounge does. When you eat their food, you feel that effort and attention they have given to the what they serve you. The service was warm, the staff was very helpful and took care of every small request we had . It’s a 4.5 stars from my side. Overall it was a very good evening at BACCARA Club Lounge, do visit this place. The staff, the food and drinks and hookah are worth every penny, and the ambience was a great plus. I will be re-visiting soon….see you guys too.


    AT A GLANCE:

    RESTAURANT NAME: BACCARA Club LoungE
    ADDRESS: 2, Dr. Rajendra Road, Bhawanipur, Kolkata
    PHONE NUMBER:
    033 30859062 (Table booking recommended)
    OPENING HOURS:
    12Noon to 11PM
    AVERAGE COST: INR 800 for two people (approx.) 

    Lastly, we would like to thank Baccara Lounge and First Idea PR for having us over :)
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