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DIY | Makeup brush deep clean tutorial

Up until a few years ago, I relied on my fingertips to apply my makeup. Almost neanderthal-like, I know but, like it does for many other daily tasks, my digits saw me through those wonderful years when I was exploring beauty. That was until makeup brushes came into my life and changed it completely. I could liken my brush set to a young baby - soft, fantastic to look at but require a whole lot of attention. While they changed the way I applied makeup drastically and gave me the flawless finish I've craved for, I soon realized that the brushes couldn't be expected to only give, give, give. Like attention-seeking babies, they need care and attention in the form of a cleanse.

A step by step do-it-yourself tutorial to deep clean your makeup brushes with almond oil, water and face wash on the Style File blog by Dayle Pereira

When it is just the extra product that needs to be removed, it is adequate to dust the brush on a tissue or use a brush scrubber. But if you're more invested in your brushes, you would know that every once in a while, they deserve a deep clean. Specifically being a tool that comes in contact with your skin, brushes should be hygienic and give you the application you want. A deep clean is therefore necessary to remove the excess gunk and skin cells that accumulate under the bristles, leaving your brushes clean to use on your skin. Here's a step-by-step guide give your brushes a deep clean.

A step by step do-it-yourself tutorial to deep clean your makeup brushes with almond oil, water and face wash on the Style File blog by Dayle Pereira

Step #1 - Gather your ingredients
You will need a jar of medium height and the makeup brushes in question. Along with that, an oil to get in there and break down the makeup which an ordinary cleanser cannot do. I recommend a pure almond or coconut oil. Lastly, a trusted face wash that you have used on your skin. I use the Clean & Clear Pimple Clearing Face Wash, which I recommend as well since it does a thorough job of cleaning any excess oil and makeup gunk.

A step by step do-it-yourself tutorial to deep clean your makeup brushes by soaking them on the Style File blog by Dayle Pereira

Step #2 - Soak them good
Fill the jar with water to a height where the tips of the bristles are immersed in it but the base where it is attached to the handle isn't. This is a precautionary step to ensure that the soaking process doesn't loosen the glue of the brush. Next, add a few drops of oil to the water and a good squeeze of the face wash. Mix it together thoroughly and immerse your brushes in the water. Leave them to soak in a shady corner of your house for 30 - 40 minutes.

Step #3 - It's deep cleanse time!
Remove the brush from the soaking solution and hold it under a running stream of tap water for a few seconds. Then turn off the tap and taking a pea size quantity of the face wash, apply it over the bristles of the brush. Go back and forth over the back of your hand with the brush to allow the face wash to reach deep within the bristles. You might begin to find smears and smudges of concealer, eye shadow and foundation emerging from within the brush. That's a good thing because the deep cleanse is supposed to do just that for the brushes.
Carry on brushing it back and forth for a few minutes or until you have noticed most of the makeup residue come out. With a pinching motion, gently take your fingers from base to tip of the brush and remove all the residue. Then go back to holding your brush under running water for a minute or two, until the water from it is clear. If you still find any makeup or oiliness on your brush bristles, go back to brushing it with face wash and washing it off until it is clean.

A step by step do-it-yourself tutorial to deep clean your makeup brushes with almond oil, water and face wash on the Style File blog by Dayle Pereira

Step #4 - All dried out
With the cleansing of your brushing almost complete, place the wet brushes on a newspaper or a clean towel lying flat horizontally so that they dry while retaining their original shape. Tuck them away in a shady nook for a good 5 - 6 hours. Once dried and clean, your makeup brushes will be all geared up for your next occasion.

xo
Dayle
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Style Files | Real Life v/s Reel Life

Recently, as I'm winding down after a long week, I scroll through a gossipy website when I chance upon Kim Kardashian who looks pristine for a relaxed day out with her Kardashian klan. Her hair is straight and sleek, her outfit is co-ordinated with North and let's not even get into her immaculate contouring job. That's right, for a relaxed day out.

On the following weekend, I'm dressing up (or should I say dressing down?) for a day out of hitting the mall and later watching a movie. I'm sticking to my favorites, which is generally a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. If I'm feeling adventurous, I'll throw in a bracelet or two, maybe a snap back cap. Unlike Kim, my relaxed day out does not include contouring of any kind and my bed head hair is left open and hopefully, effortlessly chic.

Kim Kardashian wears a white gown coordinates with daughter North West wearing a flower crown and Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Khloe Kardashian in all white fashion for an Easter church mass service
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On staring that the webpage hard enough, I soon begin to contemplate the authenticity of what a relaxed day out means to a celebrity starlet, versus the real life of the everyday girl. I heave a sigh of disbelief with a hint of jealousy, when I spot a perfectly put-together celebrity on a low-key lunch date while here in real life, I debate whether to even change out of my pajamas.

I cannot even begin to calculate the meticulous amount of hours of her reel life the star has to spend seated in front of a mirror while her own personal glam squad makes sure there isn't even a hair out of place. Me? I'm lucky if I manage moisturizer, lip balm and a swipe of eyeliner. Meanwhile back in reel life, she's tottering in sky high heels on the sidewalks, with armed bodyguards on either side. For a day in my real life, I'm trying as efficiently to balance my tote, my phone and bottles as I commute to work in sneakers.

A slice of nutella cheesecake with a layer of chocolate and buttercream frosting on top from Love and Cheesecake
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The comparisons between the glamorous life of a celebrity versus the mundane life of me can go on and based on this, there are two conclusions that we can effectively arrive at. For one, although we would like to be, we're not celebrities. I often envision a life-swap which involves me getting ready for the day in the palatial bathroom of Yves Saint Laurent  but since that's not a possibility in the near future, I've come to terms with my beloved vanity dresser. And while we might like to pretend so; we aren't paid millions per Instagram post, have our very own emoji keyboards or form a girl squad with Hollywood's hottest.

Two, the reel life a celebrity leads isn't real life. Social media has us believing that we have an enviable peek into their lives, to the extent that we know who they spent New Year's Eve with and what they ate post their workout. On first glance, while it looks rosy, it requires the rose-tinted glasses to be removed to see that it isn't a complete bed of roses. I certainly wouldn't enjoy a pap-attack every time I step out of my house, even if  it's for a run to the grocery store. And thanks, but I'd rather have my slice of cake whenever I please instead of downing slimming detox tea all day long. The life of a celebrity is wonderful to aspire for and to pin as home decor inspiration on Pinterest but there's a lot more to it that isn't always pleasant.

The personal style of Dayle Pereira who is the blogger at Style File includes an Adidas Originals striped pullover knit, Espirit shorts, Montego Bay Sandals and a Nightmare Before Christmas sling bag for a relaxed day out
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Which brings me back to the real lives we lead, which in all their inadequacies, are raw and genuine. While a glam squad isn't going to greet us in the morning, a pimple that's waiting to be concealed will. We won't be strolling into our walk-in closets for a leisurely look at our wardrobe but instead, we will be grabbing the first sweatshirt we can find. But here's the real, hard truth; although the reel life has its fair share of manicured lawns, the grass really is greener on the side of our real lives.

They are filled with doing things as we please, low-levels of drama and as much privacy as we desire. We can take the morning run at the park if we like to or the afternoon produce shopping, just to browse. And maybe, just maybe for a moment there, they want a life-swap to revel in a little grocery shopping, without being noticed. Suddenly, the grass in my backyard has started to look so vibrant.

xo
Dayle
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Personal Style | Sweater Weather

I knew I had a flair for drama from a long time ago, when I aced it onstage at a school annual day. No beads of sweat trickled down my forehead nor did I imagine the audience in their underpants; essaying the main role of a fairy-tale character just came to me like second nature. So it was no surprise that when I was in the process of discovering my personal style, I leaned towards the dramatic. And by dramatic, I don't mean feathers in my hair while I wipe out a hand fan (although I would be open to the idea!); my definition of dramatic has come to mean dialing it up when it's time to dress or in the simplest of terms, over-dressing.

My years of self-discovery of my own personal style (which are currently in process too) have taught my that I'd rather be overdressed than under dressed. Oscar Wilde, who believed that a woman could never be overdressed or over educated, would support me completely. Tip-toeing the fine line between outlandish, over the top and over-dressing is of great importance and if done right, there's no such thing as too much of a good thing.

So when my favorite season of winter comes around, you can only imagine the thrill that the over-dresser inside me feels. Although highly unnecessary in the Mumbai winter, it is still the chance to bring the woollies, trenches and capes to the forefront, without looking completely ridiculous. The pinnacle to my over-dressing urges is the day it is actually cold. Oh, what joy! While others groan about bundling themselves under a blanket, I seize the opportunity to be a snuggle bunny with a beanie.

The Style File lookbook by Dayle Pereira on the blog Style File is paired with red lips by Lóreal Inflallible Collection Star in Pure Scarleto and navy blue nails by OPI in Ink and straight bangs with a long bob or lob hairstyle for the seasons winter wear

The Style File lookbook for winter includes a Forever 21 wollen grey beanie, Forever 21 plaid scarf, Zara high waist jeans, Zara red pumps and Forever 21 micro messenger sling bag for the seasons winter wear

The Style File lookbook by Dayle Pereira on the blog Style File is paired with red lips by Lóreal Inflallible Collection Star in Pure Scarleto and navy blue nails by OPI in Ink and straight bangs with a long bob or lob hairstyle for the seasons winter wear

Zara grey high waist jeans | Jack & Jones grey t-shirt | Forever 21 plaid scarf | Zara red pumps | Forever 21 micro sling bag [previously seen here] | Forever 21 grey beanie |  | OPI 'Ink' nail varnish | L'Oreal Collection Star in 'Pure Scarleto' [reviewed here]

The Style File lookbook for winter includes a Forever 21 wollen grey beanie, Forever 21 plaid scarf, Zara high waist jeans, Zara red pumps and Forever 21 micro messenger sling bag for the seasons winter wear

The Style File lookbook by Dayle Pereira on the blog Style File is paired with red lips by Lóreal Inflallible Collection Star in Pure Scarleto and navy blue nails by OPI in Ink and straight bangs with a long bob or lob hairstyle for the seasons winter wear

The Style File lookbook for winter includes a Forever 21 wollen grey beanie, Forever 21 plaid scarf, Zara high waist jeans, Zara red pumps and Forever 21 micro messenger sling bag for the seasons winter wear

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

Although my pangs for the holidays are wearing off, I'm making the process a little smoother by opening my arms to the sweater weather and getting all bundled up. Keeping the outfit in muted grey tones, I brought out a scarf in plaid, the unofficial print of the season and matched it with bright pumps and a micro bag. It was the day when the over-dresser in me jumped with joy and now that I've egged her on, she's really looking forward to the colder days to come.

xo
Dayle
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Style File + Asus | Holidays snapshots

While I am often indecisive about my favorite season, the winter makes my choice crystal clear and one of those reasons is because of the holidays. It's the most wonderful time of the year for good reason, with my house decorated in the spirit of the season, the air is filled with the smell of Christmas cake and there's a bounty of presents under the tree. The season was even more special this time as the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser arrived just before the festivities, cementing itself as my companion all through the holidays.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone in gold with a series of pictures of the Christmas holiday season



Let my take you through the holidays with images shot using the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone, which definitely gives me a case of the post-holiday blues. The photos are published directly as taken on the phone with no processing or editing whatsoever.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of a Christmass star lit up

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of a selfie with my Christmas outfit of the day

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of an oversized candy cane ornament

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of bokeh strings of lights


Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of a crib portraying the nativity scene of Christ

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of Starbucks holiday special, the starbucks red cups

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of a lit up reindeer and christmas tree during the holiday season

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of the Christmas lanterns and string lights during the holiday season

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of the Christmas tree glitter ornaments

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture of overhead lamps during the Christmas holiday season


As the name itself suggests the philosophy of the Zenfone is that of simplicity, in thought, design and usability. On first touch itself, I noticed that it is ergonomically crafted in a way that its large 5.5 inch full HD screen is cradled in the palm of the hand. If I say that in its creation, there was a great attention to detail, that would be an understatement. That's because there is thought applied even in the little things; from the accurate touch detection to auto dimming.

When it came down to the battery test, that's where I was hesitant. You see, my cellphone is my constant, whether I'm listening to music on my morning commute or if I'm browsing by Instagram at night. So taking a lesson from my previous phones, whose batteries all waned by the evening, I had armed myself with a battery pack and charger. However, it was all in vain because even by evening, the Zenfone 2 was going strong. The 3000 mAh battery is exceptional and ensured that a full charge of the phone lasted more than 24 hours as I browsed the web, listened to music and snapped pictures throughout the day.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone in gold with a series of pictures of the Christmas holiday season
 
It's possible for me to casually mention that its screen is made from the finest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 but I went the extra mile. Although unintentional; the strength of the screen was put to the test when I dropped it face down. My heart might have stopped there for a milli-second but I picked it up to find that nothing had changed about my Zenfone 2. It was flying colours for its drop damage resistance which saved it completely as did the metallic hairline finish back cover, which did not even have a scratch. It’s SonicMaster 2.0 technology ensures crystal clear sound and reception, whether through the dedicated sound chamber with 5 magnet speakers, the different modes for different activities or its Zen Ears system for balanced sound.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone in gold with a series of pictures of the Christmas holiday season

The highlight of the Zenfone 2 is definitely its camera. Its precise laser auto focus finds a place in the phone name for good reason as it focuses 3 time faster than a traditional sensor and does so in less than a second. It is jam-packed with 13 megapixels and a Toshiba BSI sensor for those sharp, vibrant pictures. In addition, its wide angle of 75 degrees, number of modes and dual coloured LED flash will power you through dark nights and large groups.
While it's only occasionally that I snap a selfie, I admit that I've been taking quite a few more owing to the Zenfone 2's front camera. It has a glorious wide angle to fit more into the frame, 5 megapixels and a sensitive sensor for great pictures. When coupled with the real time beautification mode, they make selfies quite an addiction.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone in gold with a series of pictures of the Christmas holiday season

Impressing me greatly is the concentric circular back button which multitasks as a volume key, a power button and even a camera button. Its convenient position makes snapping a picture or adjusting your volume while listening to music.

At the amazing price of INR 13,999, I'd recommend the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser in a heartbeat. It will accompany you through dull days with stellar sound, memorable moments with an excellent camera and everything else in between with its long battery life.

xo
Dayle

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Style Files | The best of 2015

The year is about to come to an end and I'm a little stunned, mainly at quickly it has flown by! From taking in the rays of the sun to taking a leap of faith, 2015 was definitely memorable. It was a year where it was difficult to crack a joke without someone getting offended, it saw yet another mini Kardashian get a bizarre name and plus size models like Denise Bidot change the scenario of modelling. For Style File, it has been a flurry of amazing projects, brands and photo shoots. While it certainly is a trip to nostalgia-ville for me, I'm going through the year and doing a roundup of the very best that 2015 had to offer on the blog.

Best of personal style: The salwar kameez suit

Dayle Pereira, blogger at Style File showcases her personal style in a red and gold tradition Indian ethnic salwar kameez suit with red and gold from Max Fashion India

When it comes to Indian wear, I've been more of an casual observer than a wearer but that changed this year. From dipping my toe in the ethnic pond, I finally went all out (or as all out I can venture into) with this personal style feature. I celebrated the festive season in Indian finery, which was surprisingly light and incredibly wearable. Reds and golds are traditional classics and they came out magically under the sun of the golden hour.

Best of beauty: Beauty Queen on a Budget for Monsoon 2015

The Frangipani & Oil shower gel from Nivea has a fresh fragrance and delicate beads to care for the skin as part of the budget beauty options on Style File
 
Since the beginning of the BQOAB series, it has really come into its own and boy, have I enjoyed working on it every season. During the monsoons, I took special care to scour out products that address skin and hair concerns which affect us all during that period. Besides just finding the best products for the season, I even chanced upon a winner of a product which I've repurchased twice already (Psst! It's the Maybelline BB Stick)

Best of Lakme Fashion Week: Favorites from Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015

Neeta Lulla showcases her collection of traditional Indian wear with various embroidery and sequin work in a number of colours and fabrics at Lakme Fashion Week at the St. Regis in Mumbai
 
I'm a fashion girl at heart and for our tribe, fashion week is the Christmas of the industry. It might as well be since the grandeur with which trends, showstoppers and designs are showcased is akin to a festive season. So it is without a doubt that my best fashion week post was one with my point of view of the event. From silhouettes to designers, it wasn't an easy job taking my pick from all the choices but it certainly was a fun one!

Best of DIY: Valentine's Day gift ideas

A carrot cake layered with Philadelphia cream cheese frosting with a heart shaped glitter topper is the perfect Do-it-yourself present that you can bake for Valentines Day


This year saw it's fair share of do-it-yourself projects but there was definitely a clear winner for me. Divided into 3 sections for 3 types of gift receivers with diverse interests, the gift ideas for Valentines was set to the tone of love and varied from food to nail art for the right gifting idea that you can make yourself.

Best of Style Files: The power of social media

Dayle Pereira blogger at Style File showcases her dungarees and tank top outfit in front of a flower wall on social media channels

Every year, social media keeps making waves and in 2015, one of those waves was due to Essena O'Neill, a teenager who was making an income as a social media influencer renouncing the medium. Her dramatic abandon of social media brought to light many nuances of the digital world, which as a blogger, I too found a relation with. The scenario of blogging has changed drastically over the past few years too and the Essena debacle, without questioning the validity of it, helped discuss a lot of them.

Best of Inspiration: Taylor Swift and her girl squad

Singer Taylor Swift invites her friends Kendall Jenner, Serena Williams, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevigne on the stage during a performance at the concert of her 1989 tour
 
It was the year that T-Swift convened a gang of her most stunning supermodels and artist friends to strut their stuff on the red carpet and her concerts. Being the top notch Hollywood celebrities, they are, but obviously, dressed to the nines and make for exceptional fashion inspiration. A breakdown of the personal style of her girl gang, which included a Victoria's Secret angel, a Kardashian and obviously, T-Swift herself was my favorite inspiration posts which covered some of my personal favorite style icons as well.


This time last year, things were very different. My hair was much longer and I was finding my feet in life, while having a mild existential crises every now and then. What a world of a difference one year makes! I feel like I've finally hit solid ground this year because I've gotten closer to knowing what makes me happy. Style File has evolved greatly from being just a personal style blog. I've worked hard to include budget options, perspective pieces, do-it-yourself projects and beauty tutorials that you as a reader can enjoy which leaves me creatively satisfied as well. It's been a fulfilling year and I'm excited to take Style File in a direction that balances both those elements.

Wishing you a year full of love, laughter, health and happiness ahead, my dearest readers. 2016, I can't wait to meet you!

xo
Dayle
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Style Files | The fictional wishlist every beauty & fashion lover wish they had

Come Christmas time and the merriment begins. The tree is to be trimmed with ornaments and baubles. The gingerbread is to be baked, or in my case, eaten. The stockings are to be hung and mistletoe to be placed strategically. It is also a time that makes me feel incredibly grateful; for the people around, the delightful holidays and the presents under the tree.

But there are some gifts that just cannot be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree and I'm not referring to love and goodwill here. They can't be wrapped because they exist only in my imagination. Fashion girls and beauty lovers, you feel me. There will always be that something that you wish you could own, if only it was invented. Here's my wishlist so Santa, if you're reading it, I'd suggest you put together a strong research and development team and get cracking.

Dayle Pereira of Style File sits in a floral print bodycon dress and black high heels beside a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments for the festive season

Everlasting Eyeliner

We've got eyeliner that claims it doesn't smudge, another that is supposed to stay put for two days and yet another that comes with its own contraption to get the perfect flick. But we still have raccoon eyes and wonky lines. So could we get all of those magically properties in one little eyeliner please? One that really doesn't smudge (none of that water resistant drivel) and lasts for a good day on my eyes.

The real deal of comfy heels

Comfy heels? Who are you trying to kid! Every heel has its time period within which it is bearable enough to be endured but beyond that, you either switch to a flat pair which isn't as good looking as your killer heels or you kiss your ankles goodbye. Let's face it, comfy heels are an urban legend, something like a good looking pair of crocs. Santa, how about you make this legend a reality? You'll be making a lot of ladies very thankful.

A GIF of Amy Poehler smiling as she recites a dialogue wearing a pant suit as part of the television show Parks and Recreation

The little bra that could

Your excitement to wear that gorgeous strapless dress you've finally procured may be building so don't let that get dampened by the thought of the strapless bra you will have to wear underneath it. Possibly an ancient instrument to induce discomfort, the strapless bra just doesn't let you win. Even with the strips of silicon, elastic and what-have-you on the sides; somewhere in the middle of the evening, you know you'll be looking for a dark corner to do a quick pull up. So, for the sake of girls scooting into corners everywhere, how about a strapless bra that actually stays firmly in place?

Frizz-free freedom

I've spent a good portion of my day hunched awkwardly in front of the mirror in an attempt to blow-dry and straighten my hair; all in the anticipation of a big night ahead. And while my hair game does end up on-point; the second any moisture greets my hair, frizz isn't far behind and we're right back to square one. So for once, I'd like to get that a head of frizz free hair without all the fuss and one that isn't afraid of a sudden shower or a sweaty summer day.

A plate of gingerbread men cookies decorated with royal icing frosting placed on a glass plate in the midst of mother goose napkin and christmas tinsel decor


A maxi for a mini

The next time I try on a maxi dress, I would like if it fit me just the way it is intended and ends just at the heel. But no, that's just a dream because every time this instance has played out in reality, I have so many metres of extra fabric at the bottom, I could stitch another crop top from it. So Santa, my dear, it would be nice if the petite girl community was acknowledged in the maxi department to get the fit we truly deserve. So while I'm not asking for a sable to be slipped under the tree, this wishlist would make me one happy lady!


Do you have any fictional items that you'd love invented - Go ahead and add them in! Here's to a wonderful holiday season full of joy, fruit cake and well-wrapped presents! Have a very merry Christmas!

xo
Dayle

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