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1 febbraio 2013

Best of Vogue Beauty Awards: Winners in Hair Care and Hair Styling

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We bring you Vogue India Beauty Awards sixth installment of winners, the best in hair care and hair styling. From the best shampoo for normal hair to the much-needed potion for dry/damaged hair, moving on to the best volumiser and texturising products, we've got something for every one.

Hair Care

 Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo Long & Strong Shampoo

Best Shampoo: Normal Hair
Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo Long & Strong

Kérastase Reflection Bain Chroma Riche Shampoo

Best Shampoo: Damaged/Coloured hair
Kérastase Reflection Bain Chroma Riche

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Best Conditioner: Normal Hair
Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy Keratin Care Conditioner
 
Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Treatment Conditioner

Best Conditioner: Normal Hair
Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Treatment

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Best Conditioner: Damaged/Coloured hair
Kérastase Reflection Chroma Riche Masque


Hair Styling

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Best Volumiser: Straight Hair
Philip Kingsley Maximizer

TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Defining Serum

Best Definer: Curly Hair
TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Defining Serum

L’Oréal Professionnel Techni. Art Hair Mix Sublime Shine

Best Defrizzer
L’Oréal Professionnel Techni. Art Hair Mix Sublime Shine

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Best Texturising Product: Curly Hair
Sebastian Professional Whipped Crème Light Conditioning Style Whip

Sebastian Professional Matte Putty

Best Texturising Product: Straight Hair
Sebastian Professional Matte Putty



Best Hair Stylist
Nikhil Sharma, Affinity Salon, Delhi

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Best Hair stylist
Adhuna Akhtar, b:blunt

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3. Philip Kingsley Maximizer £13.20

I've recently gone a bit lighter & had some blonde put through my hair which had made it a bit drier. I am a huge fans of oils and balms rather than sprays as I feel they nourish my hair more. I've had a lot chopped off too and find sometimes it looks a little limp so need to try get more volume in there. I think if I keep trying to find the perfect product my hair will finally look amazing!



6. Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleansing Solution £12.90

I have been after the Bioderma solution for months and managed to find it quite cheap on eBay (make sure you read reviews though)! It would be perfect for me when I am feeling extra lazy and can't make it into the bathroom to wash my make up off. I love Origins and currently only own 2 face masks, a Soap & Glory one & Clarins one which do the job but aren't amazing in my opinion!
 


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BEST OF SKINCARE

Cleanser: Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser

Moisturizer (for day): Estée Lauder DayWear Plus Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15

Moisturizer (for night): Elizabeth Arden INTERVENE Stress Recovery Night Cream

Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 50+

Eye cream: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex

Peel/mask: Clarins Gentle Peeling


BEST OF MAKE-UP


Concealer: YSL Touche Éclat

Lipstick (day): Dior Sérum de Rouge, Rosewood Serum 740 and M.A.C. Lipstick, Half ’n Half
Lipstick (night): Lakmé Nine-to-Five Colorfix Lip Duo, Grapevine
Lipstick (red): M.A.C Lipstick, Russian Red
Lipstick (brown): The Body Shop Colourglide Lip Colour, Beechnut
Lipstick (pink): Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Lipcolour, Super
Lipstick (nude): L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Star Secrets, 722 Aishwarya Amber

Lip gloss: L'Oréal Paris Glam Shine Gloss Brillance, Cinnamon Addict

Eyeshadow Palette: L'Oréal Paris Color Appeal Trio Pro Hazel Eyes

Blush: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color, PK 304

Eyeliner: Lancôme Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner Noir

Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse Precious Cells

Kohl pencil: Colorbar I-Glide Eye Pencil, Jaded and Lakmé Kajal

Foundation (compact): M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, NC43

Foundation (liquid): Lancôme Teint Idole Silky Mat

Primer: YSL Top Secrets Unifying Perfecting Primer SPF 25

Finally, the best counter in-store, Clinique


Lip Tea

The folks at h.wood beauty sent me a couple of products to try and the organic / natural geek in me loved seeing the "ORGANIC" label on their lip balm ! Their lip balms AKA lip teas ($10) come in six flavors and have the shortest ingredient list ever. Its just a bunch of clean products like coconut oil, olive oil, Shea butter, green tea coming together to keep your lips soft and hydrated. I tried the vanilla caramel flavor - and have contemplated chewing it many a times - smells so good ! Once you try products like this , it almost makes you feel guilty about using petroleum byproducts on yourself.



BEST OF SKINCARE

Cleanser: Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser
Moisturiser (for day): Estée Lauder DayWear Plus Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15
Moisturiser (for night): Elizabeth Arden INTERVENE Stress Recovery Night Cream
Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 50+
Serums: Guerlain Super-Aqua Serum and Leaf & Rusher Active Serum
Eye cream: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex
Peel/mask: Clarins Gentle Peeling

BEST OF ANTI-AGEING

Cleanser: La Prairie Foam Cleanser
Moisturisers (for day): Dior Capture Totale Multi Perfection Crème and Clinique Youth Surge SPF15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer
Moisturiser (for night): Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Creme
Sunscreen: Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
Serums: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules Intensive Treatment for Face & Throat and Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex
Eye cream: Chanel Sublimage Essential Regenerating Eye Cream
Peel/mask: Chanel Sublimage Essential Regenerating Mask and Dermalogica AGE Smart TM Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

BEST OF BODY

Cellulite Busters: Clarins High Definition Body Lift
Creams/lotions: The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment
Scrubs: L’Occitane Almond Delicious Paste

BEST OF MAKE-UP

Concealer: YSL Touche Éclat
Lipstick (day): Dior Sérum de Rouge, Rosewood Serum 740 and M.A.C. Lipstick, Half ’n Half
Lipstick (night): Lakmé Nine-to-Five Colorfix Lip Duo, Grapevine
Lipstick (red): M.A.C Lipstick, Russian Red
Lipstick (brown): The Body Shop Colourglide Lip Colour, Beechnut
Lipstick (pink): Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Lipcolour, Super
Lipstick (nude): L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Star Secrets, 722 Aishwarya Amber
Lip gloss: L'Oréal Paris Glam Shine Gloss Brillance, Cinnamon Addict
Eyeshadow Palette: L'Oréal Paris Color Appeal Trio Pro Hazel Eyes
Blush: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color, PK 304
Eyeliner: Lancôme Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner Noir
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse Precious Cells
Kohl pencil: Colorbar I-Glide Eye Pencil, Jaded and Lakmé Kajal
Foundation (compact): M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, NC43
Foundation (liquid): Lancôme Teint Idole Silky Mat
Primer: YSL Top Secrets Unifying Perfecting Primer SPF 25
Nail Polish (day): Chanel Le Vernis, Ming
Nail Polish (night): Chambor Nailpolish, Dark Angel
Nail Polish (red): Chanel Le Vernis, Dragon
Nail Polish (brown): YSL La Laque Long-lasting nail lacquer, Rich Coffee
Nail Polish (pink): Leighton Denny Expert Nails, Gorgeous
Nail Polish (nude): Chanel Le Vernis, Inattendu
Finally, the best counter in-store, Clinique

BEST OF FRAGRANCE

For Day: Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey
For Night: Dolce & Gabbana, The One
Men’s: Giorgio Armani, Armani Code
Classic: Dior, J’adore
New Launch: Gucci, Flora
Celebrity: Beyoncé, Heat

BEST OF HAIR CARE

Shampoo (for normal hair): Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo Long & Strong
Shampoo (for damaged/coloured hair): Kérastase Reflection Bain Chroma Riche
Conditioner (for normal hair): Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy Keratin Care Conditioner and Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Treatment
Conditioner (for damaged/coloured hair): Kérastase Reflection Chroma Riche


BEST OF HAIR STYLING

Volumiser (straight hair): Philip Kingsley Maximizer
Definer for curly hair: TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Defining Serum
Defrizzer: L'Oréal Professionnel Tech Hair Mix Sublime Shine
Texturising product (for straight hair): Sebastian Professional Matte Putty
Texturising product (for curly hair): Sebastian Professional Whipped Crème Light Conditioning-Style Whip

BEST OF SPA AND WELLNESS

Day spa: The Spa, Four seasons Mumbai
Destination spa: Nadesar palace, Varanasi
Medi spa: Evolve, Mumbai
Ayurveda: Soukya, Bangalore
Detox treatment: Forest Essentials Marigold & Basil Sand Treatment at The Leela, Goa
Anti-ageing treatment: Keraskin Age Néojeunesse
Energising treatment: Gotukola body envelopment, Trident, BKC Mumbai
Pampering facial: Biodroga Oxygen Facial, Shangri-La–Eros Hotel, Delhi
Salon (mani-pedi): Juice, Mumbai
Hair spa : Kim Robinson Aman, Delhi
Stylist (hair): Nikhil Sharma, Affinity Salon, Delhi and Adhuna Akhtar, b:blunt, Mumbai

BEST OF FASHION AND BEAUTY S/S ’10
Show for hair: Anamika Khanna
Show for make-up: Rohit Bal
Hot stepper on the ramp: Gia Johnson
New face in an ad campaign: Jyotsna Chakravarthy (Garnier Fructis Shampoo)

BEST MAKE UP ARTIST:
Mickey Contractor



This fall collection from Estee Lauder is all about mysterious blues, purples and the dreamy effects they bring to our eyes. The main attractions of this collection to me are the palettes - Blue Dahlia and Surreal Violet. I tried out the Blue Dahlia palette ($40) and believe me it is every bit as stunning as the model Hillary Rhonda makes us believe it is.

The Blue Dahlia palette houses five eye shadows in a sophisticated Estee Lauder trademark golden compact. I am a sucker for golden packaging. The five shadows are medium pigmented with very soft blendable textures that make mixing and shading a breeze. Its all about soft sophistication, no over the top colors.

The shades include

- a pearl white with tiny blue flecks
- a satin sea blue
- a shimmery deep blue
- a satin taupe
- a matte black



The satin taupe and the sea blue are my two favorite shades. But the pearl white with blue flecks is just as gorgeous. Overall a dream of a palette from Estee Lauder. I'm now off to try the look. Its a bit cloudy here but if it clears up I'll take pictures and have em up ! This is the face chart I'll be following.

Shade 4 over entire lid as base. Blend.
• Shade 3 to frame the eye:
- Start at crease, extend above and out to outer corner.
- Define and blend into outer corner.
- Extend down under lower lashes. Blend.
• Shades 5 and 1 blended together. Apply over inner 2/3 of lid.
• Shade 1 as liner along lashline.
• Shade 2 blended over liner at upper lashline. Blend out into outer corner.



 

I am in a really sunny mood today. I think, finding quality products at the neighborhood drugstore does this to me. Its the Milani HD Advance Concealer ($6.99) y'all. I not only love this product, I feel so good about it that I am recommending it to everybody !


Yellow Yellow Sweet Little Fellow

The Miani HD Concealer comes in a click pen model looking all bright and blingy in its gold packaging. One of the biggest concerns I've had with drugstore concealers has been the lack of yellow pigment. Most of them are pink or just plain beige. You pat it under your eye and they sit there staring into space ...doing nothing to hide your dark circles. This is why Milani gets much of my love - its truly yellow based. Check that out !

Nobody can complain about the lack of warmth. Its exactly what a warm skinned person like me needs to look bright and fresh !
Key Ingredients :
• Rona Coated Pigments that disguise dark shadows
• Invisaskin moisture base which keep the eye area hydrated,soften expressions lines and wrinkles
• Grant X Gamma Amino-Butyric Acid that plumps out creases, lines and imperfections
• Granactive RD 101 to help brighten and gently resurface the most delicate skin


Alicia Keys & I - Concealer Best Buds


I saw that the shade Medium Honey was used in Alicia Keys so I decided to try the same. Its perfect on my NC 40 (medium tan) skin tone. I almost feel like Alicia and I are best buds ! We use the same concealer , that's got to mean something !

One more major good thing about the concealer is the formula. I can never wear concealer and head out without applying some foundation because I feel like the concealer is too obvious. But with Milani HD one the formula sinks into your skin and merges with the top layer so well that I look naturally dark circle free. So now I don't have to add foundation just coz I did the concealer ! And for someone who likes to keep it as less as possible with makeup - this racks up huge points in favor of the concealer.

I am not the biggest fan of the click pen but really this isn't a complaint. I assume many women love it given that one of the best selling concealers of all times YSL Touche Eclat is a click pen.


Now all I want from Milani is to add a lot more shades so my deeper toned girlfriends get to try this too.



I've been dying to try Constance Jablonski 's gorgeous bronze look that was featured in Vogue China, a few months back. I'd saved the pictures and looked at it several times through out this summer. Truth is, I was attracted like magnet to this look and was waiting on finding just the right bronzer to finally try it out. And when I found the perfect product I got work, immediately !


How To :

1. Start off with clean moisturized face
I have been regular with my latest crush - Envision Beauty The Solution Moisturizer. It has made a huge difference in the betterment of my skin !

2. Mix a liquid highlighter into your tinted moisturizer and paint a thin layer on your face.
I used Clinique Up- Lighting Liquid Illuminator - 01 Natural + Smashbox HD Foundation.

3. Give it a couple of minutes to settle down

4. Take a large fluffy face brush and dust your bronzer below your cheek bones, the temples, sides of your nose and across the sides of your forehead. Run the brush now, along your hairline and sides of your chin with whatever is left. I am loving the Milani Powder Bronzer - Light. Though its called Light, the color works perfectly with my NC 40 skin tone.

5. Let them brows be unruly - adds to the look.

6. Line your waterline delicately with a black eyeliner. Then use a white / pink shimmer pencil to highlight the inner corners of eye and bridge of nose. I like Anastasia Brow Highlighter pencil.

7. For the lips I went with a fuchsia shade - Cover Girl Out Last Lip Stain 410. The model's light eyes make for a great contrast so I built in the contrast with a fuchsia lip. If you are all for the brown look try Jouer Lip Gloss - Monsoon, Avon Big Color Glossy Lip Pencil - Glossy Sand.


That's it ! Are you bronzing a lot this summer ? If not , you must try it sometime ! Compliments will follow - trust me .



 
 
I been dying to play with some blues all week long and finally got to it. I really wanted to do something but it tuned into something else.... Thanks to me using an unwashed blending brush that dusted brown on my blues and then mascara did its thing and smeared on the lid. So after housekeeping came in and cleaned the mess ...this is what happened.

Either ways I am happy I got to play with blues ! That Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof eyeliner - Navy Blue is gonna get used a lot this week. Its wonderful along the waterline - lasts all day long ! And that that silver Liquif - Eye Metallic Eyeliner from Milani - makes for a perfect companion to the blue along the lash line.

The two blues are from good old Estee Lauder Sand & Sea Palette released last year

Also - please notice the lack of dark circles. Would you believe me if I told you its a drug store concealer ? Would ya ? You must ! Its the Milani HD Concealer in Soft Honey !


I started out going for the ice queen look with the frosty blues and the silver.

And then I wanted to see how a contrasting deeper blue would do.

After that I pretty much had to go and add some color to the waterline. Just to see what that would look like.

Finally I ended up with this !





 
Deets : Layer the glitter nail polish over a solid creamy nail polish and watch the glitter slide away easily with a regular nail polish remover !

Story : I've had these gorgeous nail polishes in my collection for a while but refrained from using them much. They were such a pain to remove and I have very very sensitive cuticles so its not like I can rub the cotton ball back and forth to get rid of the glitter. I didn't want to deal with the pain so I ignored them. Until, one day I was testing them over a solid creamy nail polish that I had on and what do you know, they came off with ease ! No messy glitter around my cuticles, no tugging & no micro scratches on my nails !

Since then I've used nothing but glittery sparkly nail polishes, making up for all my lost time with them. Right now I have on Zoya Julienne ( a deep sparkly purple) over Kelly (creamy steel gray)

Index - Zoya Cheryl over Cola
Middle - Zoya Edyta over Shawn
Ring & Pinky - Zoya Julienne over Kelly




 
As promised, these are the swatches of The Truth collection and a peek at the Dare collection. Dare swatches coming up soon.

Now gimme some love for swatching on three fingers instead of one. So hard for me to pick a favorite. Did any one shade in particular steal your heart ?

The Truth Collection from Zoya consists of the following shades

Anaka - Magenta Pink with flecks of gold
Salma - Burnt Copper
Kalmia - Reddish Bronze / Burnt Orange
Isla - Deep Rust Red
Penny - Golden Bronze
Drew - Mauvey pink with flecks of gold


Anaka Drew
Isla
Kalmia
Salma
Penny
And a sneek peek at Dare





The Getaway Collection is the newest offering from Three Custom Color Specialists. The collection consists of five vibrant, long wearing shades named after popular destinations. I was sent tiny samples of all five shades and I fell in mad love with three. Today I'll talk about this one color that I am wild about - Bora Bora !





My new lipstick obsession. Its a gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous paprika color. I took this pic after a few hours of wear so its toned down and looks very friendly. But if applied well its a fiery warm orange with a delicate bronzy finish. Imagine that ! Perfect for a Vogue Summer photo shoot ! She's called Majorca. I told you about her hot fuchsia friend here




 
My latest it thing is powder SPF. I discovered this one from RAW Minerals back in November last year but didn't use it until summer came along.

Every time I start to write something about sun protection, I feel like I don't know enough. It is such a controversial topic. Over the years since I started my blog ( we will be three soon !) I've educated myself on various sides of the story. I am just curious like that and can never blindly stick to one party. I like knowing everything and making a regime that suits me from the knowledge I have.


Few Facts I've Learned

1. We need Vitamin D. From grade school on it is drilled into us that sun provides us with our daily dose of Vitamin D and our bodies cannot generate Vitamin D without the help of sun.
But there is more here
- you need have at least half you body exposed
- exposed for at least 15 minutes.
- the time differs based on your weight, skin color,location, age and many more factors.
to get your daily dose of Vitamin D.

2. UVA / UVB - there is a lot to talk here. Its mostly boring but keeping in with #1 - UVB is necessary for Vitamin D generation. Sunscreens block the UVB and hence the vitamin does not get generated.

3. You need to apply a shot glass full (4oz) of sunscreen for the SPF to be effective.

4. Higher SPF is not directly proportional with higher protection. "SPF 100 blocks 99 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. (SPF 30, that old-timer, holds its own, deflecting 96.7 percent)"

5. "If you apply half the amount, you get the protection of only the square root of the SPF. So applying a half-ounce of SPF 70 will not give you the protection of SPF 35, but 8.4" - NYT

6. You need to reapply sunscreen after every two hours - generously. Refer to #3.

7. Many sunscreen lotions out there contain toxic ingredients. Look out for ones that are paraben free and oxybenzone free.

8. Continued beauty of our skin has more to do with diet than just watching out for sun damage.

9. We all need to get some sun everyday in moderation.

10. In addition to UVA / UVB protection with sunscreens, antioxidants play a major role in protecting our skin from harmful rays that come with too much sun exposure. Invest in skin care and foods that are high in antioxidants.

11. Products with additional SPF like moisturizers and others are said to be more volatile / unstable compared to the ones without SPF. So always remember to keep them in a cool dry spot where the sun does not reach it. And since we are not going to apply 4 oz of moisturizer better buy one without sunscreen, one with antioxidants and plenty of other goodness.

What Am I Doing


If it smells like chemicals and feels like chemicals - its probably chemicals. That's the way I feel about sunscreen lotions. But these are chemicals we need to keep our skin from burning during prolonged sun exposure. So I keep from slathering 4 oz of chemicals on my body unless I absolutely must. The best things to do is to avoid baking in the sun for long hours and I do just that. I avoid the sun as much as possible.

And I've taken a liking for powder sunscreen. I've realized I don't need SPF 100 everyday for what little sun seeps into my day. Most sun exposure I get is when I'm in the car traveling back and forth during peak sun hours. So I apply hand cream with SPF on my hands and powder SPF on my face. These are great for so many reasons.

They are light
I can apply them over makeup.
I can reapply as many times as I want without ruining my makeup or looking oily.
I feel good that they are not the first layer on my face. They sit on top of moisturizer and tinted moisturizer.

The powder SPF I am currently using is the one from RAW Minerals - Active Veil SPF 18. It is paraben, oxybenzone free and contains many additional naturally derived antioxidants.Though it looks a white-ish powder, it leaves no white cast on my brown skin. Its just like a good translucent powder. I use it all over my face and neck just before I get out. And if I'm gonna be out again - I keep a kabuki brush and reapply. It makes me feel happy that I get just as much everyday protection as I need and I don't think I need a whole lot !


One other thing I must start doing is taking Vitamin D supplements and get a little sun at least during weekends uniformly. I've been getting loads of antioxidants from the 2 pounds of organic blueberries I picked up last weekend ! Yay for good skin days !

Reading Material


I've learned a lot about the SPF numbers form this article here in NYT . I urge everybody to read it. Also follow Kimberly Snyder's blog - she is an amazing raw food writer who writes a lot about beauty through food !


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