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Beauty | Monsoon no-makeup tutorial + review

After my rant on whether the monsoon will ever arrive in the city, they finally did! While I am thrilled to bits at settling into the cooler climes with the rains; what I do detest is smudgy mascara & dripping foundation - an unfortunate side-effect of a makeup routine that isn't suited to the season.
I've recently been introduced to a variety of new launches from a few cosmetic and grooming brands and after dabbling with them, I've created a beauty tutorial that is understated, simple to whip up within a few minutes and most importantly, it is perfect for the rainy days ahead.



Step #1 - Primp that hair

Using my Braun Satin Hair 3 blow-dryer, I've blow dried my hair to reduce the frizz that occurs in the monsoon season as well as to get smooth hair

Every monsoon, I've noticed that my hair tends to become frizzy and lifeless during the season. While heat styling tools are best avoided, my next best option is blow-drying. Since chopping my hair into a bob during the summer, I've found myself relying much more on blow-dryers. Once I started using Braun's Satin Hair 3 blow-dryer, it only further affirms my faith. For the look, I've blow-dried my hair naturally with a styling brush while keeping my waves in place and my fringe pinned back.

The highlight of the Satin Hair 3 is how drastically it eliminates frizz and how smooth my hair feels after it, because of its ionic properties. This pint-sized blow-dryer definitely packs a punch much greater than its size. It comes with a detachable nozzle for precise drying and 3 settings to adjust the temperature and air flow. Here's the kicker - it folds magically into half of its already tiny size which makes it portable to travel with.

Price: Rs. 3,200/-

The Braun Satin Hair 3 blow-dryer comes with a detachable nozzle, has a 3 speed panel for temperature and air flow adjustment and is foldable in order to be portable to carry while travelling



Step #2 - All about the base

Using my L'Oreal Paris Infallible Stay Fresh 24 HR foundation, I've pumped a small amount of it on my wrist and apply it on my face with a Real Techniques brush for an even finish

Once I've cleansed and moisturised my face, I move on to foundation. I've previously spoken about my fondness for products that go beyond their description and maximize their utility. The L'Oreal Stay Fresh 24 HR foundation from their Infallible range does just that.

The L'Oreal Paris Infallible Stay Fresh 24 HR liquid foundation comes in a thick glass bottle with a plastic cap and has a creamy texture and thick liquid consistency

The thick glass bottle comes equipped with a sturdy plastic pump that dispenses the foundation easily. The creamy liquid allows for easy application of the foundation and the formula is opaque enough to provide full coverage, if layered on. While I use a foundation brush for my routine, usage of clean fingertips is good enough to blend in the creamy liquid. Just like their recent Cannes 2015 launch, the highlight of L'Oreal's Stay Fresh 24 HR foundation comes down to its matte finish which makes the skin feel nourished throughout. What makes it perfect for the monsoons is the fact that it is waterproof. Even while stepping out in the rains, I faced no smudging and was thrilled that my base was intact.

Price: Rs. 1325/-

Using my L'Oreal Paris Infallible Stay Fresh 24 HR foundation, I've pumped a small amount of it on my wrist and apply it on my face an even finish and full coverage


Step #3 - Seal it in

 Using my L'Oreal Paris Infallible Stay Fresh 24 HR powder foundation, I apply it on my face matte finish, even texture and sheer coverage

The best way to protect a good base is by sealing it in with a powder. With oily skin like mine, I stick to powders that promise a matte finish. A pleasant companion to the liquid foundation that I'm using is the L'Oreal 24 HR Powder Foundation from the Infallible range.

The L'Oreal Paris Infallible Stay Fresh 24 HR powder foundation comes in a sturdy plastic case with a transparent top and a second compartment beneath the pressed powder for a sponge and mirror

The second you spot L'Oreal's 24 HR Powder Foundation, you'll notice that there's something unique about it. That's because of the additional compartment beneath the powder, which is for a sponge and mirror.
I use a buffing brush to blend the powder thoroughly into my skin so that gives me a natural finish. The powder sets my base pleasantly and it gives me the matte finish I long for, at least for a couple of hours. When wore on bare skin, it still manages to provide a sheer layer of coverage. While you may need a touch-up if you wear it at a long stretch, that's exactly what the additional compartment was made for. The thoughtful concept and stellar packaging make this product a winner!

Price: Rs.1250/-

Using my L'Oreal Paris Infallible Stay Fresh 24 HR powder foundation, I apply it on my face matte finish, even texture and sheer coverage


Step #4 - Add in some colour

Using The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick, I apply it on my lips for a tint of colour and sheer pigmentation

Being a makeup look that is likened to 'no-makeup', I needed to add colour that would give me just a flush and a sheer tint. Any old lipstick wouldn't fit the bill and that's when The Body Shop's Lip & Cheek Velvet Stain came to my notice.

The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick comes packaged as a retractable crayon in a coral pink colour, gives a a stain of colour to the face

Encased in a retractable crayon, the color payoff of the Velvet Stain is as 'au-natural' as possible. The highlight of the product is its dual usage on both, lips and cheeks. When applied directly to my lips, my bright poppy shade transformed into a pinkish coral tint. For my cheeks, I've applied the product onto my clean fingertips and proceeded to blend it into the apples of my cheeks.
The pigmentation of The Body Shop's Velvet Stain is just sheer enough to cheat your way to rosy cheeks. Once applied, the creamy texture of the product blends easily into the skin, lending a tint of colour while giving a natural finish.

Price: Rs.995/-

Using The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick, I apply it on my lips for a tint of colour and sheer pigmentation



Step #5 - Lash it out

Using the Faces Glam On mascara, I've applied it on my eyelashes for fullness and volume

I've only come to learn of how crucial mascara is to me, much after I got acquainted with makeup. While it used to be just a product that darkened my lashes, it has come to be the one that opens up my eyes and uplifts my look to an extent that I can skip most other eye products.
The Faces Glam On mascara is one that makes me feel like that. After using an eyelash curler, I apply a layer of of my mascara and if I'm feeling adventurous, a second layer. The way it volumizes my lashes is magnificent as the difference in fullness can be seen for itself. While it is water resistant, exposure to water when you're wearing it is avoidable. The conical shaped brush separates each lash and gives the eyes so much definition.

Price: Rs. 449/-




 Step #6 - Finishing touches

I've filled in my brows with a brow pencil for fullness and definition in the area and have lined my waterline with a nude pencil for a fresh, open eyed doe like look

To add my finishing touches to the look, I'm adding more definition to complete my eyes. While I have relatively full brows, I merely dot on a dark brown shade of eyebrow pencil on bare spots and blend it in with a smudger brush. When it comes to brows, take note that they're meant to look natural and unlike they've been drawn in with crayons so a little goes a long way.
Being a minimal look, I'm giving my eyes a fresh, 'slept-for-10-hours' kind of feel. To do that, I've used a shimmery champagne crayon which is from the ScandalEyes range by Rimmel which you might know, I adore. I recommend a skin-tone, nude shade for this step as using white veers towards looking unnatural.

The final no-makeup tutorial for the monsoon season is understated and minimal with a little colour and a burst of freshness

Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

And there you have it - the final look! The products used are suited perfectly for the monsoon season ahead and will prevent any runny makeup. I enjoyed creating the look which fits my generally minimal tastes well and can be worn well in a formal environment or on days when you want to take it easy. While it does cheat on the 'no-makeup' part, it certainly passes for it and is a look that is fresh and natural.

Hope you liked it!

xo
Dayle
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Life | Pre-monsoon of 2015 Snapshots

While I've never been the monsoon's greatest fan, I do make an exception on select occasions *read: days spent indoors watching it pour outside* I love the eternal never-ending summer vibe but when howling winds and gloomy skies came calling in June, I decided to take the necessity that is the monsoon in my stride and not only get set for the rains, but dress for it as well.
So I sat there and prepared for it like I did in the previous years however, after a month and a half of wondering where the monsoons really are, what we've got are a few flash floods and tragically humid days spent trying to deal with it. 

Windows with raindrops and streaks of water to see foggy headlights on a long drive in the monsoons
Blurry headlights on a wet monsoon drive

Dayle Pereia, blogger at Style File dressed in a floral bodycon dress and burgundy accessories attends the Levis press day for the launch of the denim collection for women
Recording a video at the launch of the new Levis collection for women. I've got my hands on a wonderful pair of Levis 711, which hits stores at the end of July - make sure you check out the range of denims that fit like a glove! 

a basket full of grain drizzled loaves of bread freshly out of the oven in a checkered napkin for a weekend breakfast
There's nothing like waking up on the weekend to a basket full of loaves of bread that are freshly pulled out of the oven

Dayle Pereira, blogger at Style File spends her movie night with Hollywood flick Dallas Buyers Club and a tub of butter popcorn
Kicking back on movie night with Dallas Buyers Club & a tub of buttered popcorn



Childhood photograph of Dayle Pereira, blogger at Style File as a baby with he father and brother
Sharing daddy dearest's arms with Ray


Dayle Pereira, blogger at Style File takes a car mirror selfie of he reflective sunglasses and raindrops in the car
Pretending it's still summer with my reflective aviators and rainy day drives


Humid summer afternoon with a mason jar filled with rose water and chia seeds as a beverage
Beating the heat on humid afternoons with a whole lot of rose water and chia


Dayle Pereira, blogger at Style File takes a car selfie wearing plaid, a cap and kohl rimmed eyes
You can't get me, hot sunny days


The first of the monsoon rains in Mumbai with raindrops in the concrete jungle
Hello there monsoons


A rainy afternoon lunch with bight plates and a bowl of tom yum thai pan asian soup with egg, seafood and ramen noodles
Spending a rainy day indoors with a bowl full of tom yum seafood and ramen soup
So while I'm a summer lover at heart, a little part of me is hoping for the rains to come in full swing so I can spend many more days in, watching it rain with a bowl of steaming hot soup.

xo
Dayle
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DIY | Hidesign Art of Reuse + Handmade sunglasses case

My love for DIY projects is one that needs no proof as an entire DIY section on Style File makes that evident enough. From sequinned wrist wraps to ombre nails with a glittery finishthere's a thrill about crafting something from scratch. It's also a wonderful way to be thrifty, upcycle and add personalisation rather than pick a generic store bought item.

So when I learned from Hidesign about the Art of Reuse project that they hold annually, the DIYer in me was gung-ho to dive into it.

For the Hidesign Art of Reuse contest, Dayle Pereira of Style File handmade a sunglasses case with crocodile embossed leather panels, stitching and a matching trim which can be seen with reflector aviators, lipstick and tropical prints

The concept of the project is to reuse materials provided in a kit to create a complete product for your icon; something similar to the wealth from waste projects we did as school children. To get everyone fired up, it's also a contest and participation is completely free. Once you register yourself and pick up your kit from a Hidesign store or purchase it directly from Amazon for Rs.10, you will receive these items inside.

For the Hidesign Art of Reuse contest, Dayle Pereira of Style File received the DIY kit which included leather scraps, waxed thread, a fabric punch and a needle to craft their item for their icon by upcycling the materials provided

The leather scraps and waxed threads are remnants from Hidesign who craft leather bags and luggage, which I think is a great initiative. When I first saw the unshapely scraps and the slightly intimidating fabric punch, I was in disbelief if it would even be possible to create something of all this but after slowly taking my time to figure out what I wanted to do with it, it was actually quite enjoyable.

For the Hidesign Art of Reuse contest, Dayle Pereira of Style File sketches a draft of her sunglasses case to craft her item by upcycling the materials provided in the DIY kit

Since the scraps were unevenly shaped, I figured that I could probably get a sunglasses case from a single large scrap. To start off, I sketched a rough diagram of what I had in mind. Maths having never been my strong suit, I threw caution to the wind and winged it in terms of measurements. Somewhere down the line when fitting my sunglasses into the roughly shaped draft, I realised that triangular panels of crocodile embossed leather would add a smidgen of sophistication and to my luck, I had just enough of the embossed leather!

For the Hidesign Art of Reuse contest, Dayle Pereira of Style File is in the final stages of creating her sunglasses case with embossed crocodile leather panels and stitching and has to put the final touches on the leather item

To sew the two leather panels to each other is the point when the fabric punch came in. Before using it, make sure you place a hard surface such as wood or stone below your fabric. Then position your punch, pointed side just above where you want a hole in the fabric. Hold it steady and using a hammer, hammer the flat side of the punch till you get a nice, even hole. This being my first time using the tool, I was slightly nervous but using it but slowly and steadily does the trick. Measure the area you need to punch holes into for your stitches and carry on doing so in the same manner.

For the Hidesign Art of Reuse contest, Dayle Pereira of Style File is in the final stages of creating her sunglasses case with embossed crocodile leather panels and stitching and has to put the final touches of the crocodile embossed leather trim on the leather sunglasses case

I've spoken previously about how essential fabric glue is to any DIY kitso using it to glue the edge of the flap and strips of the embossed leather, I created a trim that would match the panels and bring the whole case together.

For the Hidesign Art of Reuse contest, Dayle Pereira of Style File handmade a sunglasses case with crocodile embossed leather panels, stitching and a matching trim which can be seen with reflector aviators, lipstick and tropical prints

So there you have it - a complete look at how I handmade a sunglasses case for the Hidesign Art of Reuse project. Make sure you participate and submit your entry for the contest which is open till 31st of July. Not only is it a fun project and a great initiative to reduce waste, you might just win some wonderful prizes which includes a trip to Pondicherry and designing your own Hidesign bag!


xo
Dayle
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Style File + Liva | Drenched in the downpour

Love it or hate it, the monsoon has its very own charm. The smell of earth after the first showers, the coziness of curling up with hot chocolate and a good book or going for a walk and getting soaked to the bone; things like these make the rains incomparable. However, the most challenging part of the monsoons, with its erratic bouts of rain, sticky heat and constant splashback from puddles is dressing for it. The need of the day is fabrics that rest easy on your body and let your skin breathe while still raising your style quotient. That's why I turn to Liva.

Wearing a Liva infused sheer blue printed tunic and cream culottes, Dayle Pereira of Style File India styles her personal style outfit with a Forever 21 burgundy sling bag, clogs, an embellished hairband and dark lips on a background of greenery in the monsoons as it rains

Wearing a Liva infused sheer blue printed tunic and cream culottes, Dayle Pereira of Style File India styles her personal style outfit with a Forever 21 burgundy sling bag, clogs, an embellished hairband and dark lips on a background of greenery in the monsoons as it rains

The fabric of Liva is the very answer to the balancing act of practicality and panache that the average woman, like you and me strive to find. The cellulosic fibres that form the basis of Liva are natural and in its purest form, so you can only imagine how fresh your body feels swathed in it. The man-made fabric is weightless and drapes on the body like a second skin.
I had the chance to delve into the racks at 109F recently and it left me spoiled for choice. Amidst an array of pastel shades and porcelain prints, the Liva embedded garments allured me close. A trial room journey later and I was besotted. The breezy silhouettes fit comfortably on my body, the smooth finish feels supple to touch and the porous fabric allows my body to breathe.

Wearing a Liva infused sheer blue printed tunic and cream culottes, Dayle Pereira of Style File India styles her personal style outfit with a Forever 21 burgundy sling bag, clogs, an embellished hairband and dark lips on a background of greenery in the monsoons as it rains

109 F printed Liva tunic with sheer panel | 109 F cream Liva culottes | Forever 21 burgundy sling bag [Previously seen here] | Forever 21 burgundy clogs | Accessorize bracelets | Forever 21 embellished hairband [Previously seen here] | Maybelline 'Velvet Wine' on my nails | Lakme Absolute matte sculpt in 'Cocoa Shot' on my nails

Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

Wearing a Liva infused sheer blue printed tunic and cream culottes, Dayle Pereira of Style File India styles her personal style outfit with a Forever 21 burgundy sling bag, clogs, an embellished hairband and dark lips on a background of greenery in the monsoons as it rains

I paired my flowing tunic that has a sheer panel along with an airy pair of culottes for an unconfined look as it poured outside. The culottes; a rising trend for good reason, are un-restrictive and allow for easy mobility while the lustrous printed tunic drapes on me like a dream. The monsoon has its own share of havoc and a fussy, confining outfit is the last thing you need.

Wearing a Liva infused sheer blue printed tunic and cream culottes, Dayle Pereira of Style File India styles her personal style outfit with a Forever 21 burgundy sling bag, clogs, an embellished hairband and dark lips on a background of greenery in the monsoons as it rains

 Wearing a Liva infused sheer blue printed tunic and cream culottes, Dayle Pereira of Style File India styles her personal style outfit with a Forever 21 burgundy sling bag, clogs, an embellished hairband and dark lips on a background of greenery in the monsoons as it rains

When the sweltering summer overtook the city, Liva was my companion even on the hottest of days. With the arrival of the monsoons, I cannot wait to embrace the season of drenched downpours and slight showers, all clad in Liva.

xo
Dayle

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Beauty Queen on a Budget [BQOAB] | Monsoon '15

The monsoons have finally made their appearance and while the sun is still playing peek-a-boo leading to some pretty erratic weather, it is about time we discover and stock up on some products that are specifically for the humid, moisture laden season ahead. While I've previously spoken about beauty essentials for the rains, this post includes more recent beauty launches and since it is also part of the 'Beauty Queen on a Budget' or BQOAB series *which you've seen last in the winter* all the individual products listed are within an affordable budget of Rs.260!
Even while sticking to a few of my summer staples, the summer months tend to be difficult for my hair and skin which means I'm mending any outbreaks and frizz well into the monsoons. Hence, in this edition of BQOAB, I'm focussing on the basics of skin and hair which are priorities in this climate.

Livon Morrocan Silk serum

The Livon Morrocan silk serum that is a clear, runny liquid in a transparent pink plastic bottle is great for monsoon hair care to defrizz and smoothen the hair

Price/Quantity: Rs. 259 for 59 ml
Availability: Easy. At all chemists and departmental stores.

Even though the Morrocan Silk serum by Livon is a just few months old, it has definitely left its mark. Encased in a transparent pink plastic bottle with a press down pump and cover, the quality of the serum is pretty darn good. It has the consistency of a clear, runny liquid and is highly fragranced. Just 2 pumps of this is enough for my short hair when damp and I can definitely see the reduction of frizziness and a smooth finish once my hair has dried. So it's no wonder it's featured in my short hair maintenance routine too!


Dove Beauty Bar

The dove beauty bar which is a soap for the face and body is great for monsoon skin care as it smells fresh, feels creamy and lets your skin feel gently nourished and hydrated

Price/Quantity: Rs 45 for 75 gms
Availability: Easy. At all chemists and departmental stores.

You're forgiven if you've mistaken this for just another white bar of soap. Since it comes in a generic cardboard box and may appear to be the same, in actuality, it is Dove's beauty bar. The difference lies in the fact that while most bars are used only on the body, Dove's beauty bar is made for your face as well. It lathers up well and has the distinctive fresh scent that all dove products have, which I love. While I haven't tried it on my facial region owing to my sensitive skin, the bar slides on the body with an almost buttery feel, giving a creamy, nourished feel after your bath.


Maybelline Clearglow B.B Stick in 'Fawn'

The Maybelline clearglow bb stick which is the first of its kind bb cream in a stick form offers great coverage which can be built up, feels natural on the face, has SPF 21 for sun protection without any white cast and is an affordable daily cosmetic

Price/Quantity: Rs 250 for 10 gms
Availability: Easy. At all Maybelline kiosks and beauty counters.

I discovered this product a few years ago, around the time that BB creams started popping up at every corner. I was in a conundrum of taking a break from makeup while still needing coverage and came across the very first B.B stick from Maybelline, which comes in a teal twist-up plastic tube with a transparent cover. When directly applied to the face, it feels buttery smooth and settles in to my skin once I've buffed it in with a brush. The coverage is surprisingly good - it is around medium on a single application and can be built up with multiple layers. While I cannot promise you the shine-free claim on oily skin *I need to finish it with powder layer to mattify my skin*, it blends in seamlessly, has no white cast even with SPF 21 and lasts for a good chunk of the day. The fact that I've been consistently repurchasing this product for the past few years speaks even more of how much I like it.


Nivea Frangipani & Oil shower gel

The frangipani & oil shower gel by nivea is is great skin care essential for the monsoon as it prevents your skin from feeling sticky while making it feel more fresh and rejuvinated

Price/Quantity: Rs 180 for 250 ml
Availability: Average. At most chemists and departmental stores.

Whether you've got caught in a sudden shower or you're feeling sticky and humid, every monsoon day needs a refreshing wash to renew you and the Frangipani & Oil shower gel by Nivea is just what the doctor ordered. The shower gel is of a clear, slightly thick consistency with miniscule beads and comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a flip open cap. It is packaged prettily and although plastic, is sturdy enough to travel with. A few squirts of it on my loofah suffices for a complete body wash and the fresh floral scent lingers for a while after as well.


Clean & Clear pimple clearing face wash

The clean & clear pimple clearing face wash by johnson & johnson is a great skin care product for the monsoons as it removes the oiliness from the skin and makes the face feel fresher and firmer

Price/Quantity: Rs 55 for 40 ml
Availability: Easy. At most chemists and departmental stores.

When your skin gets clogged and breakouts start appearing, which is a general phenomenon that the monsoon bestows on us, all you crave for is clear, healthy skin. Which is why this face wash is ideal for this period, which its very name suggests! The consistency is that of a thickish gel in a clear green shade and it comes in a plastic tube with a flip-open cap. While I didn't have active acne while testing it, from the very first wash itself, I could feel a difference in the way it unclogged my skin and removed any traces of oiliness. The fragrance of the product is herbal with a citrus tinge, probably from the neem and lemon ingredients and the product is easily portable. With the way my skin felt fresher and firmer without any dryness after just a couple of washes, I'm definitely turning to this on acne prone days.

Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File


I hope my picks in this edition of BQOAB helps you out in the skin and hair department for the rainy months ahead !

xo
Dayle
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Style File + Phicomm | Break of dawn

The way I see it, mornings set the tone for the rest of your twenty-four hours so it's always a good idea to start them well. While my attempts at rising early may not always be successful; my mornings begin with my alarm buzzing and repeatedly hitting snooze until it is absolutely crucial to wake up. Besides my bedside is my night cream, fluffy slippers and since I'm fairly technologically savvy, my smartphone as well. After being introduced to Phicomm's latest smartphone, the Passion 660, I decided to take her along for a spin with my morning routine.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File glances through the news headlines on the 5 inch screen of the Phicomm Passion 660 as she reads the newspaper in the morning

Somewhere in between an adrenaline rushed workout and a nutritious breakfast, I settle down to skim the news headlines on the Passion 660's massive 5 inch screen; whose matte rectangular body with chrome edges fit comfortably within my palm. Post that, I jump right into my inbox and the Octa Core processor makes this a breeze. Switching between responding to mails and ticking off tasks from my memo can be completed swiftly, without any kind of lag.

A frontal image of the Phicomm Passion 660 smartphone with its homescreen, apps and widgets and Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File views her Phicomm Passion 660 smartphone

I've been an Android girl ever since I held a smartphone so the Passion 660's custom user interface supported by KitKat feels like home to me. It's easy to navigate between apps, to pull down my notifications as well as assign new widgets to my home screen. Plus, look at that full HD screen! The colours are bright and true to life while the display is crisp as a fresh pie crust.

Then begins the next step of my day - stepping out. As evidenced previously, a good pair of sneakers always wins my heart. So throwing on a jacket with my striped dress and making my bed head as groomed as possible, today I'm stepping out with a chic, athleisure flair.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File takes a call on the Phicomm Passion 660 while wearing a striped tube dress, denim jacket and red converse sneakers

The first stop of the day is a midday shoot with plenty of sunny skies that I'm savoring before the monsoons appear in full swing. A call in the midst of it all sure brings a smile to my face, especially since the sound quality of the Passion 660 triumphed over the sounds of breeze outdoors.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File takes a call on the Phicomm Passion 660 while wearing a striped tube dress, denim jacket, red lips and a wavy bob hairstyle

Nuon denim jacket via Westside [previously seen here] | Berksha striped dress {London} | All-star converse red sneakers | Accessorize bracelets | Accessorize hairband | Revlon 'love that red' + FACES 'Hollywood' on my nails | L'Oreal 'Pure Vermeil' on my lips [previously reviewed here

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File views her Phicomm Passion 660 cellphone while wearing a striped tube dress, denim jacket and red converse sneakers

The sun's playing peekaboo so while waiting for a peek of good light, I'm checking out my Twitter and Facebook pages. I might as well respond to comments and upload a picture of two from my gallery. With 16 GB of internal memory, the storage space is plenty and can easily store a tonne of apps and music. Even if you tend to hoard up on images and TV shows because you feel like its a necessity to have on your phone *this sounds a lot like me!*; the Passion 660 can expand its memory upto 64 GB with a microSD card, which you can pretty much fit the whole universe in.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File takes a picture of pepperoni pizza and a bloody mary for her Instagram profile on the camera of her Phicomm Passion 660 smartphone at brunch

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

It's time to wind down a manic morning with lunch but not before I Instagram it! A selfie-queen will appreciate the 5 megapixel front camera that works smoothly, especially in natural light. While I get down to finding the ideal spot that makes our pizza and cocktails look even more delectable, the efficient 13 megapixel back camera and modes such as burst and anti-shake make my impromptu photo session even easier. As I finally settle down with a slice, the wave gesturing allows me to glimpse through my pictures without actually touching the phone, which makes the process quite an enjoyable one.

Even after an ample amount of browsing, clicking and gaming; the battery lasts me all day long. At the fantastic price of INR 10,999, the Passion 660 from Phicomm is a beast of a smartphone, with a beauty of a design. It packs powerful specifications with clean design at an unbeatable price so make sure you keep your eyes out for this one, I'm certain it will be the right choice for you.

If you would like to know more on Phicomm, then please get in touch with Media Moments for further details.

xo
Dayle

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