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Personal Style | Best foot forward

I'm a list maker, that's just what I do. Whether I'm ticking off tasks from my to-do list at work or keeping a tab of the groceries I need to pick up, there's something rather calming about listing it down and working your way through it. Similarly, a few years ago, I had a list of prep questions to run through for job interviews. The story of how those prep questions even came about is an interesting one which I'll save for another day. Now back to where I started from. Among those self-written questions, was one which simply asked, 'What does fashion mean to you?' Clich├ęd? Most definitely. Did it appear in future job interviews? Numerous times. Thank you, prep list. 

My answer was crystal-clear and full of hopefulness, something you'd expect from a teenager on the brink of adulthood. Fashion wasn't in store windows or a handful of paper bags from a good sale day. It is in your reflection when you glance at the mirror before you leave home, it is the pencil skirt you pick for your business lunch, it is the image that you choose to put forth as to how the world sees you.
The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

Next burgundy shirt {London} | Zara mustard jeggings | Lavie mustard bag [Previously seen here] | Accessorize necklace | Zara tan pumps [Previously seen here] | OPI 'Black Cherry Chutney' nail varnish | Rimmel 'Cutting Edge' lipstick [Previously reviewed here]

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

Only once I settled into a fashion job did I realize how true to life my answers were. Fashion isn't only the blazer that keeps you warm on a winter morning. It is a tiny fragment of your entire persona. And that persona, my lovelies, is one of those make-or-break factors as to how you are seen when you step into the world outside. All that stuff they say about putting your best foot forward is true and not only reserved for interview questions. 

Since then, I've learned a thing or two about projecting a polished look, whether I'm heading for a Monday morning meeting or a day out at brunch. This outfit is one of them where I've kept the structure slim and clean-cut, perfect for a corporate environment. I allowed myself to go a tad wild with the autumnal tones of burgundy and mustard, which merge harmoniously. A subtle plum eye makeup look, a deep berry lip and neutral pumps complete the look; making it the epitome of a prim yet vibrant office chic ensemble.

xo
Dayle

Beauty | Favorite makeup and beauty products that I love

I'm unsure if this is good thing or not, but I get smitten far too easily for my own good. It happened when I spotted a transparent pouch that I saw potential within. Then there was the time that I just had to own a gold speckled cable-knit sweater after skulking around the store numerous times. Over the years, I've given my heart away to many, many things which also includes pepperoni pizza and my favorite movie. Of late, it has been something else. As the beauty editor of BeBeautiful and the blogger behind this phenomenal blog, I find myself constantly surrounded by lipsticks, eyeliners and other pretty things. Whether it be brand ambassadors being interviewed or the latest foundation launch being attended, there's no wonder that I've found myself besotted about beauty.

So when it comes to my own routine, there are so many products which I've purchased, used and come to love. Being a beauty gal at heart, I'm dedicating this Valentines day, not to my dream boat but to my favorite beauty products that have stolen my heart. They are ones that I have picked, often lived in and have been the apples of my eye since we first met.

On my lips

Review of my favorite makeup products and beauty products of which the NYX soft matte lip cream in Milan and MAC Viva Glam VI are my favorite lipsticks

While lips are my secondary area of choice, it's nice to have a couple of good shades that you can depend on to match any kind of eye look. The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream is one of them The shade is a bright, cool toned pink that verges on neon while the formula is creamy that sets to a powdery matte. The only word that I think off for this shade is 'bombshell' since it's so dazzlingly sexy - something that lends a power packed pink punch to any look.

When you loved smokey eyes as much as I do, you know the importance of a good nude lipstick to accompany it. While I've often come close to finding my perfect nude, none were quite there until I met the MAC Viva Glam VI. While complementing my wheat-ish skin tone magnificently, its shimmer finish adds more depth to its colour payoff. That's the best part because, unlike most other beige toned that make me look lip-less, this doesn't. Thank you very much, MAC because I certainly loved my lips!

On my hair

Review of my favorite makeup products and beauty products of which the BedHead by TIGI Control Freak hair serum and L'Oreal Elnett Satin hair spray are my favorite hairstyling and hair care products

When I went for a bob last year, there were so many new changes that I had to account for. I couldn't rely on hurriedly tying a bun when I was in a hurry or a fishtail braid when I was going easy chic. The BedHead by TIGI Control Freak serum was a definitive step in the right direction. It can be applied on both, wet and dry hair and just a tiny squirt of the sparkling green gel calms my hair down drastically. It is the right companion for my hair while curling or just air-drying so that I have smoother, frizz-free hair on the other side.

After seeing the L'Oreal Elnett Satin hairspray backstage at a number of fashion weeks and magazine shoots, I figured that it must be good since so many renowned hairstylists preferred it. And they were right! Possibly one of the best buys I've made in the hair styling department, the Elnett Satin is a fantastic finishing spray for any hairstyle whether it's straight, silken tresses or beachy waves. The setting power of the product is long lasting and so natural that you won't feel any stiffness weighing down your locks. A spritz of this on your next updo and you'll never have to fear a strong breeze again!


On my nails


Review of my favorite makeup products and beauty products of which the Maybelline Color Show nail polish range of sand, glitter and top coat is my favorite nail varnish collection

My rack of nail polish is creaking with the weight of bottles and for that, I credit the Maybelline Color Show range. They are so addictive that I can barely resist picking up a few bottle even if I'm shopping for groceries! I've praised the fabulous nail polish before as well so my adoration for this product is pretty clear. The shades are varied and so are their finishes with sand textures, glitter and top coats at a value for money price. No one does a trend-setting product quite like Maybelline does and I'm so grateful for that.

For my face

Review of my favorite makeup products and beauty products of which the Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel and Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder are my favorite skin care and makeup products

After being introduced to the green tube at the launch itself, the Vichy Normaderm face wash sat on my dresser patiently, waiting to be used. One particularly greasy day, I reached out to it for a quick cleanse and that changed everything. Its mild citrus fragrance and green tinted clear gel lathers easily and doesn't irritate sensitive, acne prone skin like mine. What I especially like is how it reaches into your pores to banish oil, dirt and impurities and leaves a gently cleansed, happy face.

Revlon did good when they their range Nearly Naked because, based on how feather light it feels on my skin, I couldn't have summed it up better. The pressed powder lends a semi-matte finish to the face and once dusted on, it hardly even feels like you're wearing anything. The shades are ideal for Indian skin tones especially as you don't end up with that dreadful white cast. For a final touch to a natural makeup look, this one's a keeper!

On my eyes

Review of my favorite makeup products and beauty products of which the Benefit Bad Gal Blue and Faces Glam On Perfect Noir Eyeliner are my favorite eye makeup products

I admit that I love emphasizing my peepers over any other of my features. So often enough, my experimentation leads to some trial and error as well as some champions. The Benefit Bad Gal Blue mascara is one of those medal winners. I was initially apprehensive about trying a coloured mascara on my lashes for the fear of looking like I walked out of a editorial shoot, but this changed my notion. Although the blue seems intense, is muted and pleasant. The formula is creamy and applies well with the thick spoolie brush to give a muted pop to a fun look.

The first time I wore the Faces Glam On Perfect Noir eyeliner, I was caught in a sudden downpour. When I finally managed to check myself in a mirror, I mentally expecting smudged raccoon eyes but what I saw was the complete opposite. My eyeliner looked pristine. And that wasn't all because through greasy eyelids, sweaty days and sudden rains, it stayed unfazed. The liquid formula of the eyeliner dries to a glossy finish and shows up as a jet black. While the felt tip takes a little practice, once you nail it, you've got winner that is worth being on your holy grail.
xo
Dayle

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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