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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

Life | 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

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

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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