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10 WEDDING LOOKS TO STEAL FROM INDIA COUTURE WEEK 2016

Last week witnessed the country’s most celebrated event with A-list fashion designers coming together and enchanting us with their brilliant craftsmanship. The India Couture Week 2016 gave us major wedding outfit goals!

 

Manish Malhotra

Ace fashion designer showcased his collection ‘The Persian Story’ with a beautiful display of intricate motif embroidery on aged velvet creating an old world charm.

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Anita Dongre

A bride with the cornrows! Anita Dongre’s ‘Epic Love’ inspired by Mughal Gardens totally got us hooked with the entire boho princess look.

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Tarun Tahiliani

Taking us back to the roots, the designer displayed his collection ‘The Last Dance of the Courtesans’ paying ode to the royal courtesans. Keeping his collection super glamorous yet contemporary, the designer nailed the theme.

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Reynu Taandon

Inspired by the Rajasthani Heritage with a touch of traditional craftsmanship, Reynu Taandon awed us with her collection ‘Kamangari’. The collection was dominated by Rajasthani art motifs and traditional colors worn by the Rajastani brides.

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Rimple & Hapreet Narula

Who said Indian bride can’t wear white?! Drawing the inspiration from late Khalil Gibran, the duo-designer rolled out their collection ‘Hiraeth’. The collection highlighted with work ranging from thread embroidery to sequences in sizes big and small is ideal for the brides who aren’t afraid of experimenting.

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Varun Bahl

Master couturier Varun Bahl’s ‘Vintage Garden’ collection was high on structure and petals. Inspired by the range of colourful flowers, the collection talks about exactly what 21st century brides would like to don on their D-Day.

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Manav Gangwani

Titled Begum-e-Jannat, the designer turned heads with his collection inspired by Mughal Era. A stunner, as what we like to call, the collection embraced the true essence of royal age with intricate details and bold colours.

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Rohit Bal

Bringing the curtain down at India Couture Week 2016, Rohit Bal slayed the runway with his magical collection ‘Kehkashaan’ inspired from the  grandeur of the Czars Russia. Heavily embroidered and bejewelled silhouettes featuring floor-sweeping anarkalis, majestic lehengas, ravishing gowns were nothing less than a masterpiece.

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Don’t tell us these didn’t have you dreaming about your wedding outfit!

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Your ultimate wedding beauty check-list

With the wedding season around the corner, we are sure you are keeping busy with outfits, trials, makeup and all the rest that goes with the madness. But hold on for a second, because WedMeGood think its about time you take care of your skin for that elusive Bridal Glow.
Here are some do’s and don’t :
Your engagement ring needs to sit pretty: When everyone is grabbing your hand to take a look at that sparkly rock, ensure you get a pretty manicure and have your hands feeling soft and pretty with the Kama Hand Cream . Plus, everytime he grabs your hand you don’t want dry skin coming in between do you?
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Get your hair care routine on : Ensure your hair is luscious and thick with a visit to your nearest salon for a Hair Spa. Sleep on a silk pillowcase to minimize hair fall, and ensure you don’t wash your hair with water that’s too hot (it can be very drying).  While you are at it, don’t forget to massage a few drops of the Kerastase Oil Fragrance for hair that not only shines but smells amazing too.
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Don’t forget about the Honeymoon  : Carry a high SPF sunblock with PA +++ so that your skin stays protected on your vacation.  And when you are  lounging about the beach on your honeymoon, show off those gorgeous legs in your bikini . The Gulnare bronzing oil adds just the right amount of moisture and glow for supermodel legs.
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Scrub away those worries: Blackheads bringing you down? Feel like you are losing that elusive glow. The Kama Ayurvedic scrub is one of our personal favourite products that is just the thing you need to refreshed, glowing skin. And since we know all that wedding shopping can take a toll on your feet, the Skinyoga foot scrub should help you there too.
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Dont get a facial too close to the wedding date: The number 1 mistake brides make- they go for a facial just a week before . Ensure your facials are kept a minimum of 3 weeks before the date so that your skin doesn’t have an adverse reaction!
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H&M Steps Up The Game With The Conscious Beauty Line

Not that it needed to, but H&M just gave us another to fall in love with the fashion brand all over again. Ok, are you ready for it? Pull a chair if you must. The chain has announced the addition of their very own *takes deep breath* beauty line to the range of products in stores!

Give us a moment while we wipe off these tears of joy.

The range, which is going to be an accompaniment to complement its long-running, eco-friendly clothing line, Conscious Collection, will comprise of almost thirty products including goodies for you hair, skin and body.00440288

“We already offer conscious choices with our fashion collections so it is natural for us to have the same offering within our beauty collection. We always aim to develop our products to high and responsible standards in both materials and production.

“With the conscious range we have taken this philosophy even further. We are very proud to now be able to offer organic beauty to our customers”, Concept Designer at H&M Beauty, Sara Wallander told Nylon.20984784733_ac986dece3_h

The fashion house also revealed that it’d be using qualified organic components blended with essential oils for fragrance. And just when you thought it couldn’t get better, the brand also added that the packaging of the products too would be completely recyclable and eco-friendly.

Environment loving and fashionable! Sigh.

Conscious is slated for an April 7th release along with the launch of H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive collection.vanessa-paradis-hm-conscious-campaign2

Here’s Why Sephora Wants To Help Kickstart Women-Lead Beauty Start Ups

Despite the beauty section majorly being flocked by female customers, the beauty industry sees only a handful of brands founded by women. But Sephora wants to help change that.

The beauty magnate has come up with a special training program called Sephora Accelerate to assist women looking to seed their own beauty enterprises.

Corrie Conrad, head of social impact at Sephora, explained: “Even in the beauty industry, where most customers are women, female founders are still underrepresented. We see a unique opportunity to draw from our history of working with entrepreneurs to build a supportive community for early-stage female founders.”banner9

The program commences with a week-long boot camp where founders will be helped in creating their own business model and growth plan. The participants will also be assisted in working on their market analysis and funding strategy.

Additionally, Sephora will also help founders design and strategize their products and introduce them to a guide from the industry. Chosen founders will be bestowed with $2,500 and are also entitled for extra funding in the future.sephora3

 

Although the applications for this year are closed, we have our fingers crossed for a reappearance soon.

So what are you waiting for? That idea you had in your head, get working on it and who knows? You could be the next big name in the industry!

5 Wearables That Have Bridged The Gap Between Tech And Beauty

The latest trend being spotted in the health and beauty arena is L’Oreal’s stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor ultraviolet light exposure via a wearable called My UV Patch. With a late 2016 release slated, is this the start of futuristic beauty?

The exciting part is that the brainiacs over at L’Oreal are not the only ones experimenting with wearable technology. Many scientists and experts have started putting their minds into it as well. Here are some of their hobbyhorses.

 

  1. Digital Deodrant

Last year, Google was granted the patent for a “digital deodorant”, which is a teeny wearable fan equipped with odor-sensing machinery. The gadget emits a gush of deodorizer the moment it detects a foul whiff. Here’s the really interesting bit, the user would also be notified about the stench via social media along with an alternate GPS routes to avoid walking by friends with sound olfactory powers.

Eventhough, the fact whether the company will pursue the idea further is unknown, how many public transport-using takers for this gadget?Shirt-fan-full

 

  1. Conductive Ink

Skin-safe conductive ink, which uses carbon particles to transmit minute electric currents (yikes!) across the surface of the skin, has been here for quite some time now. Among many others testing the invention, software design company Chaotic Moon Studios has crafted temporary tattoos that can monitor health info.

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  1. Moisturizer Patch

Scholars at the Northwestern University and University of Illinois have devised a skin patch that monitors temperature changes at the skin’s surface. These changes can indicate changes in blood flow rate, which can give insight into skin hydration levels. The patch is made of 3,600 tiny liquid crystals on a stretchable substrate.

Although, unlike the digital deodorant the patch will not secrete moisturizer or spray anything, the crystals change color as temperature shifts, and an algorithm translates the data, in turn letting you know when your skin needs tonic.image (2)

 

  1. Conductive Fake Nails

Brazilian computer scientist Katia Vega likes a healthy dose of beauty with science. Her Beauty Tech Nails are fake fingernails implanted with radio frequency identification chips that can activate various electronics. Although, the product will not be on the market yet, her research is likely to fuel numerous other innovations.nails.jpg__800x0_q85_crop

 

  1. My UV Patch

So your sunscreen prides itself with an SPF 10,000? That’s great. How do you know it’s working, though? Probably the sun requires double the SPF you’ve slapped on. And maybe you’ll end up with nasty sunburns. Not anymore (hopefully). My UV Patch from L’Oréal contains photosensitive dyes that change color when exposed to UV rays. The ballyhooed heart-shaped adhesive patch is about one square inch in size and half the thickness of a strand of hair. It monitors the user’s skin tone and can be worn beneath sunscreen. The patch will be available in the market later this year.picture_photo_171a42

P.S. The companies suggest this will not be the only beauty wearable to come out of the partnership. So you might actually lay your hands on the digital deo and gift it to that friend you think is actually a pig in disguise. Amen to that.

The Biggest Beauty Trends To Flaunt In 2016

2015 saw a lot of contouring, nudes and glitter in places that were, well, unorthodox. With celebs sporting flawlessly illuminated faces to us simpletons blending food and beauty, the year adventurous to say the least. Keeping up with the spirit of experiment and splendor, here is what 2016 will be filling your social media feeds with.

 

  1. Glitter Roots

Following the ombre look, this year hair stylists and fashionistas will be vouching for adding some dazzling shine to your hair roots.glitter roots

 

  1. Big Lips

The lip colors will get a lot of attention this year, as the bold lips will make a re-appearance. From flawlessly tattooed to impeccably lined, 2016 will be all about that puckering pout.dark-lips-trend

 

  1. Stiletto Nails

Ditch those neatly manicured round and rectangular nails for a sharper look. The almond or stiletto nails will be the ‘it’ ting this year.almond nails

 

  1. The ‘X’ Neck Line

This neckline will be frequenting the womenswear section in 2016. So a strappy X-shaped neck is what you should be eyeing at the shops for your next party.x neck

 

  1. The Gender Bend

Androgyny will make a comeback this year in terms of make-up. Sport a clean dewy face with heavy brows and a natural lip stain.androgyny

 

  1. Statement Bag

Go heavy on totes and handbags that speak your mind. Graphic, shaped and bags with quotes will be big this season.statement1

 

  1. Laser Facials

Although an existing regime, the laser skin treatment will see a lot more buyers this year. Thanks to he fast moving lifestyle, laser skin clinics will be making money off our faces. Literally.laser

 

  1. Palm Bracelet

Similar to the rings that refused to sit at the base of our fingers (yes, midi rings, we’re looking at you), the bracelet too will see a slight shift from the wrist towards the palm.palm bracelet

 

  1. Flatforms

Another trend making a re-appearance in 2016 will be chunky flatforms, making our heel game a little less painful.flatforms

 

  1. Color – Rose Quartz & Serenity

The color palette will see a breath of cool and soft shades like the rost quarts and a happy tranquil blue.pantone-color-of-the-year-2016-rose-quartz-serenity-designboom

The Golden Leaf Hair Could Be Your Next Statement Look

It’s party season, that time of the year when your social standing depends on the number of Christmas, pre Christmas, New Year and pre New Year bashes that you’re invited to. Even though your PJs look way more enticing than that LBD you can barely breathe in, there are things one needs to do. Because, social acceptance.

Now, being fashion and trend conscious fanatics we are, there has to be a head-turning element that we must carry to these parties. And that is exactly why you need to stock up on hair mousse and golden leaf this year.

 

Chrome Kissed

Say hello to the gold leaf hair girls! Ever since models sported it at the Dries van Noten Spring 2014 show, this hairdo has been popping up on or social media feeds time and again. The show had sparkling bits placed across the models’ part line. Subtle and sensational.

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Economical DIY

Going for real gold leaves and gold leaf products can burn a hole bigger than your Thanksgiving belly in your wallet. But all hail the DIY Lords for coming up with alternatives that are neither time-consuming nor will have you compromising on your party shopping.

All you need is some hair mousse, a make up brush, a gold metallic leaf and a vision (or a beauty blogger’s Instagram account in front of your eyes. If you lack the latter, stick to this awesome tutorial for some chrome kissed tresses.

5 Looks At The GQ Men Of The Year Awards That Oozed Charisma

The GQ Men of The Year Awards gave the paparazzi a lot flash their cameras at. From disastrous sheer bodices to absolutely meh styling, the red carpet saw a lot. But a few fashionable dames and handsome stud muffins saved the day with their impeccable dressing and we’ve picked out the best for you.

  1. Pernia Qureshi

Pernia rocked a bold black Monisha Jaisingh gown to the awards night. With soft tousled hair, she very smartly skipped any jewelry and went with nude make up. The lady in blue paired her overalls with a pair of elegant pointed toe heels.gq-men-of-the-year-awards-2015-22

  1. Deepika Padukone

Winner of the ‘Woman of the Year’ title, Deepika sported a stark Gaurav Gupta gown at the function. The actress added a dollop of drama with heavy smoky eyes, nude lips and topped it off with neat straight hair.gq-men-of-the-year-awards-2015-2

Giving Ms. Padukone company was Aditi Rao Hydari who turned up at the even in a similar white attire also by Gaurav Gupta. Although, Hydari set herself apart with softer make up, the match was hard to miss!gq-men-of-the-year-awards-2015-8

  1. Amy Jackson

The starlet carried off a voluminous asymmetric velvet gown by Rami Kadi, giving us a sneak peak into the designer’s Fall 2016 Couture Collection. The eccentric bug pattern over the bodice was not any ‘cool bug pattern’, but the bugs glowed in dark! The actress teamed the noir attire with Swarowski jewels, a Judith Leiber clutch and Saint Laurent pumps.gq-men-of-the-year-awards-2015-4

  1. Shahid Kapoor

Yet another awardee at the occasion (Actor of the Year), Shahid Kapoor stole the spotlight, hearts and breaths of many as he walked down the red carpet in a charcoal jacquard suit and an open collared (gasps) white shirt. The attire was teamed with a pair of black leather oxfords. Shahid completed the jaw-dropping look with suave backcombed hair.gq-men-of-the-year-awards-2015-5

  1. Rahul Bose

Bose made it to the awardees’ list as well and with much style. Adorned in shades of gray (no there weren’t 50), he carried off an ashen suit teamed with a slick tie of the same hue and a crisp white shirt. The actor sealed the deal with a classy silver tie clip and a pair of smoke gray Derbys.gq-men-of-the-year-awards-2015-17

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5 Beauty Looks At The New York Fashion Week That Spell Out Drama

Fashion weeks have a way of redefining ‘beauty’ every season. And the New York Fashion Week S/S 16 did no different this year. The make up artists went all out to set the ramp on fire. The 5 day long fashion extravaganza saw some ridiculously creative beauty looks. Looks that were downright head turners and paparazzi magnets. Here are our top 5 picks from the fashion week that wrapped up this weekend.

  1. Givenchy – Pat McGrath

Nude faces adorned with patiently constructed masks made of fabrics, beads and laces stole the spotlight at Givenchy’s show. The models strutted the runway with facial constructions that were feminine and ethereal and that managed to draw mammoth gasps from onlookers. 02-holding-givenchy-exclusive

  1. Hood By Air – Inge Grognard

Hood By Air is known for its offbeat make up ideas. This season the brand showcased an array of faces that had been done up incompletely. No no, all the make up was in place. Just not blended. It was the perfectly contoured look – sans the blending. And boy, did the models pull it off!landscape-1442172171-hba-face

  1. Merissa Webb – Bimpe Onakoya

Onakoya gave the models a subtly vibrant look for Merissa Webb’s show. With a nude base, the only highlights were the eyes. Done up in dual shades, the artist chose to give the eye make up a twist by selecting a different hue for the lower lid and a contrasting tone for the upper lid.Merissa-Webb-New-York-Fashion-Week-Spring-2016-Showcase-Bellanaija-September006

  1. Chromat – Bimpe Onakoya

With an inspiration and collection so offbeat, the looks had to match up. Bimpe Onakoya swishes her magic brushes again to create an interesting look. Once again, the eyes stole the limelight with a two-tone guise. Alek Wek flaunted a flawless pair of electric blue eyebrows and a hot pink under lid to compliment the pop brows.Bimpe-Onakoya-at-Chromat-featuring-Intel-Collaboration-New-York-Fashion-Week-2015-Bellanaija-September038

  1. Creatures of the Wind – Aaron de Mey

Aaron de Mey too let the eyes do the talking. With naturally rose tinted lip stains, Mey pulled everybody’s attention to the heavily done up shimmer eyes. Eyelids heavily adorned with gold glitter are beautifully topped off by thick lashes and a strong liner. The looks for this collection screamed out bling and glam.Creatures-Wind-Spring-2016

Frame Your Face Flawlessly With The New Hair Contouring Trend

We’re unsure of whether to thank the Kardashians or to blame them for drawing so much attention to contouring. Man! Those ladies sure know how to define their cheekbones. So they put contouring on the make up timeline and the world gave a huge nod the trend. And now the contouring has seeped in all the way to our hair. That’s right, hair contouring is a thing.

What is hair contouring?

It’s not much different from contouring your face with make up. Just that in this case you use hair color (duh-uh!).

The technique positions highlights and lowlights in different parts of your hair to give the illusion of a certain shape. If you have a longer face, for example, you could put some strategically positioned highlights that frame your face and therefore give it a wider appearance.

Like with make up, darker colors are for shadowing while lighter colors highlight the areas you want focused on.

Balayage Twin

In a way, this new technique is basically a variation of balayage. It’s a process that leaves our tresses with a sun-kissed natural looking color – similar to what we are born with – with softer, less visible regrowth lines.

What do you think? Is hair contouring a good idea, or should we just play along with our natural locks? Let us know in the comments below.