Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Be Talk: Celeb Style: Women in Black at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2013

Film award ceremonies never give shutterbugs a rest- what with the Bollywood heroines dazzling the red carpet with their fashion-capades! Like every year-the Annual Colors Screen Awards held on January 15th, 2013 saw some striking ensembles on our Bollywood babes. Black is back in vogue and looking at the amazing display of variety in designs-the future of black to rule the red carpet do seems bright! Check out this year's Bollywood belles in black!!!

Katrina Kaif in a Naseem Khan creation

Minisha Lamba in Neeta Lulla

Jacqueline Fernandez in a traditional Sri Lankan outfit

Ameesha Patel in Ramona Narang

Mugdha Godse in a Black Lehenga
Parineeti Chopra in a Sabyasachi
Sonakshi Sinha in Falguni & Shane Peacock

Malaika Arora Khan in a backless dress (I couldnt find an image with a frontal view of this dress :D)
Genelia DSouza in Roberto Cavalli

Sonali Bendre in Shahab Durazi 
Priyanka Chopra in a Roberto Cavalli

I found Parineeti's outfit to be the most out-of-the box and innovative in a pleasant way. It kinda fits her newbie-in-the-industry status with the tomboyish Shirt on a oh-so-femme Saree. Loved the concept. Personally speaking, Sonakshi's gown was too much experimental for my taste-she is looking like an ancient Egyptian goddess in an unfashionable way! On the other hand, its time Katrina look's up the word "experiment" in a fashion dictionary! And yet Ameesha could not let go of her "fashion-disaster" image-by being unaware of what flash bulbs can catch in a sheer material dress :D Jaquelin has vowed to dress like a "good girl next door" in her public appearances. Sonali Bendre as usual looked great but with her husband Goldie Behl doing a photobomb to their picture! Piggy Chops and Mugdha Godse-the "Fashion Co-Stars" played well.

Picture Credits: As mentioned in the respective watermarks, Google Images, Vogue India.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Be Talk: MAC Retro Lipstick Review and swatch

Product Name: M.A.C

Product Line: Satin

Shade: Retro/ AB1

Price: 19 Euro/ Rs 990

Quantity: 3gm

Beauty can come in the form of a woman, a flower , a feeling or… a perfect lipstick :D A perfect lipstick is the one that you had always pictured yourself wearing in your dreams-while you went on all your imaginary ventures. Okay-that’s an overdose of drama for a post that reviews a lipstick-I just chose to do it because I am about to talk about my first MAC lipstick!!!

My PhD life in Germany has kindled a passion  for visiting places-and I covered about 5 German cities-Bremen, Hannover, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin within six months of being here. Apart from museums, medieval churches and monuments, one thing  I search for in these cities are-off course its shopping destinations. So far-I have found Hamburg to have the posh-est brand collection while Cologne, Hannover and Bremen have stores with stuff for everyone-from budget to “moderately” high end brands.



Couldn’t explore Berlin much- as my friends who accompanied me strictly warned me against wandering off to anywhere that smelled of shopping  :D :D :D

 In Berlin: Thats me (left) and a friend of mine from Spain :)

Germany has its own version of Sephora-its named Douglas. Every city, including the one I live in-Goettingen-has a Douglas outlet. Sadly I found MAC in every Douglas except for the one in Goettingen-which I recently found is housing Benefit! I hope MAC arrives soon-however- I don’t know whether having a MAC store in my own city would be a boon or bane :D

I bought my first two MAC lipsticks Retro and Brick-o-La from Hannover. The brick-o-la review would come up soon :)
What the MAC website says about this lipstick:

Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous

My first MAC  <3 <3 <3
 Me Talk: My take on MAC Retro

Retro is a mild brick shade with pink undertones which I find to be absolutely flattering on my warm wheatish skin tone. I would best define it as a soft red that wont halt traffic because of its ferocity but because of the pout-appeal that your lips would ooze with it on. (Oh No! Drama again) You can wear it to work-as well as pair it up with an LBD or a saree for the evening. 

One Swipe

You can feel its silky texture as it glides on your lips like butter. The outcome is satin-matte and I find it neither drying nor moisturizing. So I would advise ladies to pamper your lips with a good lip balm before using it. Also donot forget to use a lipliner.  

And yes-the justice it does to your lips  and looks makes it  worth spending 19 Euros over!

Thats me wearing Retro-with lipbalm on the shade

Pro Side:

1) The best thing about this shade is that it is amazingly wearable. It neither looks garish nor tamed. A perfect neutral red for everyday wear. For those who  balk away from wearing reds-fearing it might look over the top-I would say-start your Road to Red with this one! I did that actually :D

2) The finish is true satin that renders a full look to the lips. With properly defined lips-the pout comes out to be perfect!
3) Soft and smooth texture-doesn’t cake or accentuate fine lines on lips.

4) Doesn’t dry lips-but I think it won't look good on dry and chapped lips as well.

5) Well pigmented. Two swipes are enough for full coverage

6) Doesn’t stain lips 


1) Expensive-yeah well but this is like fire to a moth-if you want it-you have to burn that hole in your purse.

2) Staying power is not very good. Without meals-it is 2 to 3 hours, with meals-it goes with the dishes (haha  :D)

My Recommendations : Go and Get it!  100%