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In Pictures: Roberto Cavalli to design interior for Dubai tower

Thursday, December 14 2017

In Pictures: Roberto Cavalli to design interior for Dubai tower

| Thursday, 14 December 2017 Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is set to design the interiors of a new residential tower in Dubai, marking the first in the world to carry ‘Roberto Cavalli’ branding with a range of home accessories and ornate fittings. The ‘I Love Florence’ tower, developed by Dar Al Arkan, the largest listed real estate developer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is located on Dubai Water Canal in the Business Bay area, is expected to start work in January, and Cavalli has been brought on to give the project a bespoke living interior that embodies “strength and glamour”. Gian Giacomo Ferraris, chief executive officer of Roberto Cavalli, said: “I see a strong correlation between Florence and Dubai, with both cities projecting elegance, art and design in everything they do, each in its own way. The new tower will embody Roberto Cavalli’s passion for beauty, design and celebration of Italian craftsmanship. “It will encapsulate the high-end luxury our fashion house has been famed for. The rich interiors of Roberto Cavalli will project bespoke living spaces adding depth, character and style. They will be an embodiment of all the strength and glamour of the maison ‘Roberto Cavalli’ lifestyle, delivering energy, prestige, emotion, success, and desire to experience.” The concept is to bring “glitz and glamour of the runway to private homes” utilising pieces from Cavalli interiors, with the concept images featuring luxe textures, marble, and statement prints, which the Italian designer is known for. Cavalli’s interior vision will be seen across the residential units as well as the tower’s amenities, including the lobbies, gym, swimming pool, yoga area, outdoor training area, and hallways. Ferraris added: “We are excited to work on this project that combines the sophistication of fascinating Florence with the famed luxury of dazzling Dubai. The interiors of the lavish 34-storey waterfront skyscraper, located in one of the world’s greatest urban transformations, will offer its residents a refined living experience that also echoes the romantic vibes of the rustic streets of Florence.” Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash, chairman of Dar Al Arkan, said: “When we set out to draw our vision to become leaders in global real estate development, we decided to only settle for the best, hence our choice of Dubai Canal as a location, and the epitome of Italian luxury, Roberto Cavalli, to conceptualise and create truly outstanding living spaces, not only in the residential units, but across the tower’s amenities. Residents and visitors will experience a true Florentine feeling.” Images: courtesy of Roberto Cavalli

3 ways pollution is damaging your skin and how to repair it

Thursday, December 14 2017

3 ways pollution is damaging your skin and how to repair it

3 ways pollution is damaging your skin and how to repair it Here's how you can protect your skin from harmful air pollutants By Elle Team December 14, 2017 SHARE It's the term du jour you can't avoid: Pollution. While we are all aware of the serious ailments caused by pollution, it also takes a toll on your skin, resulting in acne, dullness, dryness, irritation, pigmentation, blackheads and white heads. So how do you tackle them, given that living inside an air-conditioned bubble is not an option, yet? Celebrity dermatologist Kiran Lohia answered our burning skincare questions, focusing on various targeted areas. A post shared by Kiran Lohia (@drlohia) on Dec 11, 2017 at 4:19am PST Dull skin and pigmentation caused by pollution The free radicals in the air can cause inflammation, which will later leave your skin irritated. That causes the over-production of melanin, which in turn makes the affected area pigmented. It can be treated by applying antioxidants like Vitamin C every morning and retinol at night. Look for anti-pollutant facials that are high in oxygen and will help in cleaning up those radicals, leaving your skin fresh and rejuvenated. A post shared by Kiran Lohia (@drlohia) on Dec 12, 2017 at 12:15am PST Blackhead and acne caused by pollution Pollution particles enter the pores of your skin and clog them causing black/white heads and later, the inflamed area results in acne. This can be prevented and cured by using face washes with salicylic acid. Mild exfoliation and monthly facials with products high in water and vitamins will clean up the pores and do wonders for your skin. A post shared by Kiran Lohia (@drlohia) on Dec 12, 2017 at 12:19am PST Hair damage and dry skin caused by pollution Just like pollution blocks your pores, it also obstructs the follicles on your scalp. The result? Hair fall, strand breakage and boils. Protective serums and the classic coconut oil application should be on your priority list. Sunscreen sprays effectively help in protecting the hair from free radicals present in the air. Dry skin can be fixed by moisturizing it heavily and using the right kind of face wash.

7 quirky designer bags that Bollywood is currently crushing on

Thursday, December 14 2017

7 quirky designer bags that Bollywood is currently crushing on

7 quirky designer bags that Bollywood is currently crushing on Emoji mode on By Shweta Gandhi December 14, 2017 SHARE It's time to shove those understated and minimal handbags to the back of your wardrobe — quirky bags with fun details are the latest celebrity-approved trend we're getting on board with. Whether it's a smiley tote bag decorated with stickers or a plain black mini bag jazzed up with charms, every shape and form is acceptable — as long as it's decked up. While Arpita Khan and Ameesha Patel are twinning with their Louboutin totes featuring a handwritten message from the designer himself, Esha Gupta goes down the slogan route and flaunts Jimmy Choo's Princess clutch. Rani Mukerji and Shilpa Shetty bond over their shared love for stickers by Anya Hindmarch; Sheetal Mafatlal opts for Fendi's furry bag charms; and Karisma Kapoor picks out a Sabyasachi x Christian Louboutin bag embroidered with eyes. Check out our list of celebrities who are currently crushing on bags with quirky elements. 7 quirky designer bags and where to buy them: Ameesha Patel Christian Louboutin Black Cabata Tote Bag, Rs 99,765 Esha Gupta JIMMY CHOO Candy Princess clutch, Rs 75,628 Kanika Kapoor Balenciaga Classic City printed textured-leather tote, Rs 1,38,384 Karisma Kapoor Christian Louboutin x Sabyasachi, Piloutin Clutch, Rs 1,08,776 Sheetal Mafatlal Fendi Mini Bag Bug Charm, Rs 45,054 Shilpa Shetty ANYA HINDMARCH Smiley Ebury shopper tote, Rs 88,693 Rani Mukerji Anya Hindmarch All Over Stickers cross-body bag and sticker shoulder strap, Rs 1,32,718 A black leather bag printed with Christian's handwritten message "With love, Christian Louboutin". Buy it here . This structured box style clutch features a glossy PVC base with leather sides. Get it here . Get this printed Balenciaga tote here . A patchwork bag decorated with embroidery and ribbons. Shop here . Explore Fendi's vast range of charms here . Buy the smiley bag here and choose your favourite stickers here . Get the sticker bag here and the shoulder strap here . Ameesha Patel Arpita Khan Christian Louboutin Black Cabata Tote Bag, Rs 99,765 A black leather bag printed with Christian's handwritten message "With love, Christian Louboutin". Buy it here . Esha Gupta JIMMY CHOO Candy Princess clutch, Rs 75,628 This structured box style clutch features a glossy PVC base with leather sides. Get it here . Kanika Kapoor Balenciaga Classic City printed textured-leather tote, Rs 1,38,384 Get this printed Balenciaga tote here . Karisma Kapoor Christian Louboutin x Sabyasachi, Piloutin Clutch, Rs 1,08,776 A patchwork bag decorated with embroidery and ribbons. Shop here . Sheetal Mafatlal Fendi Mini Bag Bug Charm, Rs 45,054 Explore Fendi's vast range of charms here . Shilpa Shetty ANYA HINDMARCH Smiley Ebury shopper tote, Rs 88,693 Buy the smiley bag here and choose your favourite stickers here . Rani Mukerji Anya Hindmarch All Over Stickers cross-body bag and sticker shoulder strap, Rs 1,32,718 Get the sticker bag here and the shoulder strap here .

The SAG Awards will now have female-only presenters in wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

Friday, December 15 2017

The SAG Awards will now have female-only presenters in wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

The SAG Awards will now have female-only presenters in wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal The awards ceremony will be a girls-only affair By Daisy Murray December 15, 2017 SHARE Despite its glitz and glamour, awards season somehow always acts as a large dose of reality. Historically, cinema has always been undiverse, with an overwhelming number of nominations and wins awarded to white males. However, even after the film industry began opening its doors to people of colour and female directors — let's not forget that director Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman ever to win the 'Best Director' Oscar in 2010 — diverse nominations have notoriously lagged behind. Woefully, the lack of nods attributed to members of Hollywood that don't fit the 'white male mould' finally became mainstream news in 2016, when not one single actor of colour was nominated for the Oscars for the second year in a row. Since then all eyes have been on the big award shows to give credit where credit is due. Cast of Empire accepting their SAG award On Monday morning the Golden Globes nominations came out to many rolled eyes. Diverse and critically-acclaimed films such as Wonder Woman and The Big Sick failed to receive an ounce of recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press, and filmmakers such as Jorden Peele and Greta Gerwig were snubbed for Best Director, despite their successes in Get Out and Lady Bird , respectively. Thankfully, the SAG awards has stepped in to change the rhetoric, giving films such as Mudbound , Lady Bird , The Big Sick multiple nominations, as well as female-led shows such as Big Little Lies , Orange is the New Black and Glow . And, in a year beset with sexual harassment and assault claims, the awards body has also decided to make sure the ladies run the show. As a result, actress Kristen Bell has just been announced to be the first ever host of the SAG awards. Yes, that's right. The first host ever. The The Good Place actress said of the appointment: "I am honoured to be part of the SAG Awards, and am a little nervous about being its first-ever host. "I'm so glad that I'll be in the company of my fellow actors, many of whom I've worked with before, so I know they'll be warm and supportive. It's going to be an amazing night." That it will, since she isn't going to be the only lady on the stage. Historically, a man and a woman hand over each award, however, this year, all presenters will be women. So, despite a handful of men in charge with introducing certain clips and those who actually win an award, the stage will be a man-free zone. Meet your host of the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday Jan 21, 2018. @SAGawards pic.twitter.com/IToeFiPhdf — Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) December 4, 2017 Kathy Connell, the show's executive producer, told Entertainment Weekly that this choice was, "n opportunity to salute our women". Sounds good to us.

Embroidery artist creates work that embraces stretch marks, scars and body hair

Friday, December 15 2017

Embroidery artist creates work that embraces stretch marks, scars and body hair

Embroidery artist creates work that embraces stretch marks, scars and body hair They spread such an important message of self-love By Lauren Adhav December 15, 2017 SHARE Some people might not describe their stretch marks as beautiful, but these women are proving that they can be turned into gorgeous works of art. Sara Shakeel added glitter to stretch marks in a beautiful display of empowering art, Cinta Tort Cartró turned stretch marks into beautiful rainbows, and now artist Sally Hewett has incorporated them into her amazing embroidery. A post shared by Sally Hewett (@sally_hewett) on Nov 25, 2017 at 4:13am PST Hewett's art not only focuses on stretch marks, but it also includes surgical scars, discoloration, body hair, cellulite, and so much more. She uses embroidery thread, padding, foam, fabric, quilting hoops, and even real human hair to create the body parts and characteristics, and the results are insanely realistic and three-dimensional. A post shared by Sally Hewett (@sally_hewett) on Oct 2, 2017 at 9:49am PDT "It is not the conventionally beautiful bodies that take my eye," Hewett says in a statement on her website . "It is bodies which show their history, that have been altered by their experiences, that are decorated with bruises, scars, spots, stretch marks, freckles, pigmentation, veins." A post shared by Sally Hewett (@sally_hewett) on Nov 17, 2017 at 10:19am PST Hewett is currently focusing on medical and surgical pieces, where she shows bodies that have undergone changes from disease or surgery. A post shared by Sally Hewett (@sally_hewett) on Dec 2, 2017 at 2:58pm PST "My granny (an upholsterer and seamstress of great skill) had her breast removed as a result of cancer and was hugely grateful to the surgeon for saving her life," Hewett says on her website. "But she was almost equally appreciative of what a beautiful stitching job he had done. She was very proud of her scar." A post shared by Sally Hewett (@sally_hewett) on Oct 31, 2017 at 10:29am PDT The U.K.-based artist's pieces were most recently included in an exhibition that ran from October 13 to December 2 at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, and with over 100,000 followers and counting, her empowering work shows no sign of slowing down.

Blake Lively's hairstylist reveals the secret to maintaining perfect hair all year round

Friday, December 15 2017

Blake Lively's hairstylist reveals the secret to maintaining perfect hair all year round

Blake Lively’s hairstylist reveals the secret to maintaining perfect hair all year round It's easier than you think By Angelique Thompson December 15, 2017 SHARE Blake Lively has always had enviable hair , and ever since she popped up on our TV screens, we've been quietly obsessing over how to get her shiny blonde locks. Now, the actress's hairstylist, Rod Ortega , might have finally given us the answer we've been looking for. Meaning, you too can have luscious Serena van der Woodsen hair. Although it may seem like celebrities go to great measures to maintain healthy hair, Ortega's hack is way simpler than you think. In an interview with W Magazine , the hairstylist revealed he encourages his celebrity clients is to change their shampoo based on the season. So, opting for a moisturising shampoo in the summer will combat sun damage and ensure your locks are healthy and hydrated. As for the colder months, Ortega recommends using a volumizing shampoo, as people are more likely to wear warm hats like beanies that essentially flatten hair. "It's always good to switch off shampoos every once in a while," Ortega said. "You could do a volumizing shampoo in the winter because you might be wearing a lot of hats, or a nice moisturising, hydrating shampoo during the summer because there's more sun." A post shared by Rod Ortega (@rodortega4hair) on Oct 16, 2017 at 12:35pm PDT Ortega also discussed how frequently he thinks people should wash their hair, stressing that it really depends on each individual's body chemistry. For some, every other day is best, whereas others can afford to wash it every third day. His best tip though? Second-day hair is the best for your tresses. "I would say every other day but it depends on your body chemistry," he said. "If you produce a lot of oil, then it would be more frequent. But second-day hair is always the best. You could also go three days and put dry shampoo at the roots." Who knew it was that easy? Best products for shiny red-carpet hair Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder, Rs 1,750 approx. Moroccanoil Treatment, Rs 2,880 Schwarzkopf BC Moisture Kick Spray Conditioner, Rs 800 Bleach London Rosé Hair Colour, Rs 510 approx TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream, Rs 831 When you need to lend a quick boost of volume or cure flat, greasy hair, simply work this powder into dry shampoo into your roots. It smells great and makes bad hair days a thing of the past. This non-sticky oil nourishes and repairs your tresses if you’re a frequent user of the flat iron. She recommends this as a leave-in for all types of hair. This mist is the super product that Borkar relies on. You can spray it into towel dried hair to give it a boost of moisture so it doesn’t look dry or unruly. Rosé is not just our choice of wine, but something we’d gladly wear on our hair this season. If you want to dye your hair in trending pastel hues, Borkar recommends you do it only with this trusty colour. The humid weather is probably making your hair puff to the heavens. If you want to keep things down to earth, work in this leave-in conditioner and scrunch your hair to cut frizz. Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder, Rs 1,750 approx. When you need to lend a quick boost of volume or cure flat, greasy hair, simply work this powder into dry shampoo into your roots. It smells great and makes bad hair days a thing of the past. Moroccanoil Treatment, Rs 2,880 This non-sticky oil nourishes and repairs your tresses if you’re a frequent user of the flat iron. She recommends this as a leave-in for all types of hair. Schwarzkopf BC Moisture Kick Spray Conditioner, Rs 800 This mist is the super product that Borkar relies on. You can spray it into towel dried hair to give it a boost of moisture so it doesn’t look dry or unruly. Bleach London Rosé Hair Colour, Rs 510 approx Rosé is not just our choice of wine, but something we’d gladly wear on our hair this season. If you want to dye your hair in trending pastel hues, Borkar recommends you do it only with this trusty colour. TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream, Rs 831 The humid weather is probably making your hair puff to the heavens. If you want to keep things down to earth, work in this leave-in conditioner and scrunch your hair to cut frizz.

Celebrity chef Pooja Dhingra's Parisian love affair

Friday, December 15 2017

Celebrity chef Pooja Dhingra's Parisian love affair

Celebrity chef Pooja Dhingra’s Parisian love affair Exploring the French cuisine, one bite at a time By Atout France Whether it’s devouring your freshly-made pain au chocolate at a local café, macaron hopping down Champs Élysées, or wining and dining your way through Paris's many michelin star restaurants, the city of love knows that the way to your heart is through the perfect Parisian platter. India’s favourite pastry chef Pooja Dhingra agrees whole-heartedly — the founder of Le15 Patisserie recently visited the city to retrace her steps back to her alma mater, Le Cordon Bleu, which also gave the celebrity chef a chance to experience the city as a former-student-turned-tourist. From tête-à-têtes with world-renowned French chefs to baking macarons with her alumni, Pooja lists down all of her amazing moments from her Parisian trip. Paris – where food and fashion merges What’s an exciting way to explore the cuisine of a fashion capital while also admiring its world-famous monuments? Via luxury bus-restaurant Bustronome, of course. Prepare to whet your appetite as you are served the best gourmet dishes aboard a high-end double decker bus. “Bustronome is the best experience for someone who's new to the city — the whole time I was thinking we are actually eating dinner on a bus,“ says Pooja. When in Paris, do what Parisians do If you prefer to explore the city by foot, then the walking tour complete with tastings by Meeting the French would be right up your alley. "The walking tour is the best. It includes Harry's Bar, which is my favourite — I used to visit the place even during my student days. Our tour guide was straight out of a Woody Allen movie — we started from Harry's Bar where we drank incredible cocktails and explored the historical significance of the place. The next stop was Hugo & Victor, a patisserie where we tried some Gelatos, followed by a tasting session of artisanal chocolates at Edwart, and finally ending the evening at Angelina, a Paris landmark known for its hot chocolate which is a must-have when you're in Paris," recommends Pooja. The best cocktail of cuisine and culture Who better to guide you through the French cuisine than world-renowned chefs themselves? Pooja met with three chefs: Chef Christophe Michalak, Chef Akrame Benallal and Jacques Genin who happily expounded on the French cuisine and its culture. "Chef Christophe Michalak's journey is quite inspiring as it is quite similar to mine. He showed us around in his lab and kitchen and gave us solid insights on the changing food trends in France — the pastries and cakes they sell are all very textured and light, very different than the traditional French pasty (which are full of butter and sugar). We associate France with chocolate and croissants, but there's a definite change in attitude. People are more health-conscious now and prefer gluten-free and lighter options,” says Pooja. "Jacques Genin, the chocolatier, made us try all his products — his caramels are incredible, and he guards the recipe with his life,” she laughs. If you’ve always thought of European food as a cuisine that doesn’t suit your diet, newly-launched Parisian restaurants are here to prove you wrong. The French are experimenting with more flavours and cuisines now than ever before, and their rendition of Indian food is an absolute must-try. Pooja says, "Akrame, a young modern chef, showed us around his restaurant and offered a big plate of desserts. One of his new restaurant's cuisine is inspired by the silk route, and has Lebanese, Asian and Indian food. I devoured the cheese naans — they’re simply out of this world,” she recalls. Food, fashion, culture — Paris is the epitome of it all. No matter if you’re visiting for the first time or revisiting your roots like Pooja, France warmly welcomes everyone to its stylish lifestyle. So, when are you booking your tickets? Visit Atout France at in.france.fr to inquire about France.

H&M in a tough spot: stock plummets following worst quarterly sales in a decade

Friday, December 15 2017

H&M in a tough spot: stock plummets following worst quarterly sales in a decade

| Friday, 15 December 2017 The world’s second largest apparel group is in trouble: Hennes & Mauritz AB shares plummeted after the Swedish fashion retailer lost more market share to rival Zara, noting the worst quarterly sales in ten years. The Swedish group reported Friday the biggest drop in quarterly sales in at least a decade. H&M has seen its sales badly affected by consumers’ growing inclination towards a more online focused model. As a result, the fast fashion giant will start paring its store network expansion down, considering several closures in the upcoming months. The news rapidly affected the stock’s performance: shares in H&M fell as much as 16 percent Friday, marking the steepest intraday decline since March 2001, according to data collated by Bloomberg. Furthermore, note analysts covering the stock, H&M is attracting short selling. Almost 15 percent of H&M’s shares that are readily available to trade (free float) has been shorted, according to Markit Securities data, reports the ‘Wall Street Journal’. Analysts’ take: H&M reported “quite possibly the worst quarterly sales performance on record” In Cedric Lecasble’s words, H&M reported “quite possibly the worst quarterly sales performance on record.” The analyst at Raymond James based its commentary on the fact that Hennes & Mauritz’s sales excluding value-added tax fell 4 percent to 50.4 billion kronor (6 billion dollars) in the three months through November. This was not even remotely close to the 2 percent increase expected by analysts. Indeed, H&M’s sales have declined in only three quarters in the past 10 years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. 'It looks like H&M's product offer has been very sub-optimal this season for what is now a more globally diversified company, and this will need to be addressed for investors to regain faith in H&M longer term,” pointed out RBC analyst Richard Chamberlain. Chamberlain currently rates the stock as an 'outperform'. H&M to ramp up online presence in an eleventh hour attempt to revert its fate In an attempt to calm the (much troubled) waters, the Swedish retailer said Friday it aims to accelerate a transformation plan to better integrate physical and digital stores, and it will give more details on strategy changes at a February, 14 meeting with investors. Until then, H&M would be increasing its efforts to integrate physical and online stores; even allowing online purchases to be returned to shops in some countries. It will also review its physical stores expansion plans, closing the worse performing ones. H&M blamed a drop in customer numbers in its stores because of online shopping, as well as “imbalances in part of the H&M brand’s assortment composition”, highlighted the ‘Financial Times’. “H&M’s supply chain lacks reactivity, which is one of the group’s structural issues in front of abrupt changes in fashion,” wrote in a note to investors Cedric Rossi, an analyst at Bryan Garnier. H&M’s future looks multi-branded: bigger focus on smaller, better performing brands On a more positive note, the group said online sales and revenue of brands other than H&M have been going well. Aware of this incipient shift in revenue’s contributions, the company is shaking its management team, having recently named Madeleine Persson Managing Director for the group’s flagship brand. “The H&M group has a multi-brand matrix organisation with currently eight well-defined brands: H&M, COS, & Other Stories, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday, H&M Home and ARKET. Each brand is headed by a responsible individual and has local sales organisations. Centrally, there are a number of joint group functions that support each brand in order to enjoy the advantages of these common areas, so that each brand and country works purposefully according to central policies and guidelines,” explains the company in its corporate site. Photo: H&M Global Web

Disha Patani's best hairstyles and makeup looks from 2017

Friday, December 15 2017

Disha Patani's best hairstyles and makeup looks from 2017

Disha Patani, December 2017 Image: Instagram.com/aasthasharma Much in keeping with her peppy disposition, 2017 has been an exciting year for Disha Patani. With an international movie release alongside Jackie Chan, Kung Fu Yoga , and a long list of endorsements, we got to see a lot of the fresh-faced debutante—and we liked what we saw. When it comes to her beauty choices, you’ll find Patani oscillating between two extremes: messy-hair-don’t-care laid-back to straight up Hollywood glamour. Always a fan of the normcore movement, you’re likely to spot her out and about town parading her best nude lippie, until the red-carpet invite comes in and the beauty chameleon effortlessly switches to her night job as a glamazon. With year-end nostalgia holding on to us harder than white on rice, we decided to chart her best looks over the course of the past twelve months. Let’s dive in, shall we? Best of both worlds With the debut of her first international project on the cards, the sunny 25-year-old kicked off the year with a series of tried-and-tested beauty classics. Middle parted straight locks? Check. My-lips-but-better nude on the lips? Double check. March had her channeling her inner showstopper in a take-no-prisoners Monisha Jaising mini and a va-va-voom smoky eye to go with. Another awards night had her opting for a retro faux lob and an eye-catching shade of merlot on her lips. The month also marked her big hair transition from sleek waves to voluminous primped curls that she brought out frequently through the year. June had her bringing out double braids with funky pink extensions, while the red-carpet goodness continued in July. The IIFA Awards had her test-driving more of the crazy curls and on occasion, a red carpet-ready knotted updo. Hair today, gone tomorrow While the starlet tends to play it safe with her makeup, she’s all game for experimenting with her hair and opted for a messy shoulder-grazing lob at an awards night. Come August, and she pulled off one of her quick switches again and showed up at our Vogue Beauty Awards 2017 in August in a cutout Nikhil Thampi gown, and a textured updo completing the vision of sleek elegance. Manish Malhotra ’s fashion week finale called for an ombré mini and heavy-duty brown winged eyes, while October marked her return to the big hair aesthetic. With her petite features, many would have chosen to play it safe with flowing locks, but Patani boldly stepped out with her hair piled on top of her head in an elaborate textured updo in November. Her inner rebel came calling again, and she was spotted recently sporting asymmetrical bangs. Moral of the story? Life’s too short for boring hair. Check out the gallery above for Disha Patani’s 29 best beauty looks from 2017.

Protected: Is this Karisma Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Malaika Arora's favourite watch of the season?

Friday, December 15 2017

Protected: Is this Karisma Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Malaika Arora's favourite watch of the season?

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Vogue tries it: The December beauty launches you need to gift yourself

Friday, December 15 2017

Vogue tries it: The December beauty launches you need to gift yourself

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Next We’re officially in the last month of the year and the festive and party season is in full swing. While most people are taking off on holiday, we picked our favourite beauty launches of the month and gave them a go so you know if they’re worth adding to the Christmas stockings. Here’s our verdict. Dior Diorific Nail Liner in Precious Rocks, Rs 2,100 “This time of the year, you have 31 reasons to party, thus 31 days to have fun with beauty. I decided to pick on the glitter trend and use it to accessorise my nails. But of course, I wasn’t going to simply swipe on some shine all over my talons—so cliché—and I wasn’t going to a manicurist, because managing my holiday overspends isn’t one of my strengths. So, I picked up the Diorific Nail Liner with shiny gold glitter from the brand’s gorgeous gilded holiday collection and got creative. Instead of your regular full-bodied brush, it comes with a super slim, pointed brush so you can draw on precise strokes however you please. I applied a base coat for a smooth canvas, then lined my French manicure tips with the gold-flecked paint. I even painted my cuticle on one nail, because I loved the way they did it backstage, back at Rodarte’s spring summer 2017 show. Instead of sticking to a single stroke, you can even line each nail differently, or do it over a nude or a coloured base. There’s so much scope for creativity with this nail liner, and such less room for error due to its ultra-precise tip, that you can’t not have fun with it. Don’t forget your top coat for it to last!” – Sneha Mankani – junior beauty editor Malu Wilz Aquamarine Eye Gel, Rs 2,099 “One of the toughest imperfections to eliminate are dark circles. Tea bags under the eyes, cucumber slices, beauty sleep, burning gels—what will it take to get rid of them? I even tried playing French and ignoring the dusting under my eyes. The darker they got, the harder it was to layer concealer under my eyes for an even tone. On a mission to reduce the pigmentation if not banish them from my face entirely, I tried the Malu Wilz Aquamarine Eye Gel. The packaging is sleek and serious looking enough for you to trust what’s in the bottle. The gel concentrate is odourless and light enough for you to put on and pass out on the bed. A heady combination of aloe vera gel and hyaluronic acid works hard to reverse the effects of staring into a computer screen for hours on end. The immediate effects are reduced lines, softer under eye skin and a healthy glow. The best bit? It also doubles as a primer.” – Rujuta Vaidya – fashion writer, Vogue.in IsaDora Build-Up Mascara Extra Volume in Royal Blue, Rs 1,190 “False lashes are great in theory, but for everyday application, I’d like a mascara that does the job. IsaDora’s latest comes with an added bonus: colour pop. A few swipes deposit a bright indigo formula onto the lashes while the applicator brush lengthens and adds tons of volume. Even though the bigger size of the stick makes it a comfortable experience for the upper lashes, it warrants extra attention while applying on the lower lash line since the bulkiness of the brush can create a mess on your lower lash line. The vibrancy of this power hue is super effective in waking up those sleepy lashes. Whether you’re off to work or going out for the weekend, a swipe of this wand (with a waterproof formula) is sure to give you that extra pop in your eyes.” – Bahaar Peshawaria, digital graphic designer L’Occitane Immortelle Enriched Water, Rs 1,890 “If you’re always on the go like I am, it’s nice to slow things down every once in a while and show your skin some love. And L’Occitane’s Immortelle Essential Water does just that. Light in texture, this serum-like liquid spreads on the face easily, and one can immediately feel its effects. Within seconds of application, my skin felt softer and soothed, and once the product dried, my sunscreen seemed to spread onto my face with more ease. Swipe a bit of it on every morning and night for a quick session of skin indulgence. My tried and tested tip: The product can be applied either using your fingers or a cotton pad. I’d recommend you go with the former to get more of the product on your skin, and more evident results.” – Nitya Chablani, digital features editor – Vogue.in Lakmé Eyeconic Liner Pens, Rs 475 each “While I alternate between ‘eyeliner only’ and ‘kajal only’ phases, when it comes to the former, I’m partial to my drugstore gel liner. I’m not a fan of the end result of the liquid versions and even though pen liners fall somewhere in between, I’m still a sceptic. I was particularly excited to try Lakmé’s latest pens—only because I’ve always found my favourite eyeliners amongst drugstore launches. I put both to test, one on each eye, to see how easy it would be to create a graphic winged eye look. I usually prefer my eyeliner ending in a chunk, as opposed to a pointed tip, which means the block tip liner was a definite winner. My wing was a breeze and multiple small dashes had the rest of my lid in a sharp line in seconds. When I moved on to the fine tip, I was very impressed with how easy it was to use. However, the fine tip was so fine, I need to go over my lash line multiple times to get the desired thickness. On the plus side, this is perfect for when you want to try different, intricate designs with ease. It promises to stay on for 14 hours—I put it on at 9am and took it off at 1am and it was absolutely intact, with all its pitch-black pigment and no bleeding in sight. It doesn’t get better than this.” – Anjan Sachar, beauty writer – Vogue.in

Budget buys: 10 Christmassy jumpers to get you in the holiday spirit

Friday, December 15 2017

Budget buys: 10 Christmassy jumpers to get you in the holiday spirit

Jumper, & Other Stories, Rs 4,070 Jumper, Bershka, Rs 4,800 Jumper, H&M, Rs 1,799 Jumper, Miss Selfridge, Rs 2,410 Jumper, New Look, Rs 3,110 Jumper, River Island, Rs 2,760 Jumper, Topshop, Rs 2,490 Jumper, Vero Moda, Rs 2,346 Jumper, Zara, Rs 2,990 We don’t need to remind you that with Christmas around the corner, it’s time to get with the holiday cheer. Santa may not be real, but we can embrace his sartorial penchant for all things red. There’s no better way to snuggle up this December than with a festive Christmas jumpers. Pick from bright reds, fringed numbers or patterned ones. For a brunch date with your girlfriends, dress yourself in a turtleneck jumper by Topshop or opt for a reindeer number by New Look. Those looking to go the classic way should style the bright red cropped jumper with cropped jeans. Invest in black boots and hoop earrings to amp up your look. Wear it to the mall or tuck in at home with a warm cup of hot chocolate in your jumper. Scroll through our finds that score big on style without hurting the wallet.