This blogger shows how to use boiled egg to apply foundation and it’s just amazing

Beauty experts often experiment with unconventional alternatives and surprise us with amazing make-up hacks. Finding the best make-up blender is one such hot topic among make-up artists and bloggers. Be it for its whopping price or for the fact that it absorbs too much of the beauty product, experts have been trying out various sponges but sometimes it gets quite awkward.

From condoms to silicone bra inserts and of course, the dishwasher sponge — these alternatives have often blown our minds. Now, adding to this list of weird alternatives, a blogger has surprised everyone by using boiled eggs to apply make-up.

make up, make up videos, makeup hacks, beauty blenders, weird beauty blenders, egg to apply make up, boiled egg to apply founadation, fashion trend, bizarre fashion hacks, fashion news, latest news, indian expressYes, London-based beauty blogger Esther Gbudje posted a video tutorial on her Instagram account houseofsienna, where she applied her make-up with a hard-boiled egg. With its smooth flow, it looks like the egg did a decent job. Not every household object could turn into a seamless blender, don’t you think so?

The mother-of-three posted a video on her Instagram account which now has almost 2 lakh views. It shows her applying liquid foundation and concealer using the innovative idea, and the results are quite flawless. Of course, it reflects the years of her experience and expertise, but it impresses us as a quick, easy and doable option.

Earlier this year, people went berserk on social media after a few bloggers suggested that condoms would be the best form of a make-up blender. Arguing that the soft latex does not hurt the skin and does not absorb any product, they went on to say that it gives a seamless finish.

Pink Lady Resist: A traditional Indian woman caricature sends a strong message through fashion

Across the world, men and women alike are trying to break through the shackles of gender stereotypes and prejudices. In India, an initiative called The Pink Lady, is using the same stereotypes against women to send across a strong message. This, after Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States was sworn in, and a clear message was sent that Planned Parenthood, a women’s reproductive health care provider might end up being denied funds by the US Government.

 

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And it was only a matter of time, when Dillion, who had taken part in the Women’s March in LA on January 21, 2017, protesting Trump’s election, realised that she needed a strong symbol to support her protest against “the assault that’s been launched on women’s rights”. The Pink Lady was her symbol, she reportedly realised. She then reached out to the designer of the artwork, Jas Charanjiva, a graphic artist, who had created the work of art as a response to the brutal 2012 Delhi rape case. Just like a lot of us, Charanjiva was infuriated and hence, made The Pink Lady as “a woman who’s got traditional attire but a modern attitude.”

 

Dhillon, reportedly an entertainment industry executive and a former civil rights lawyer, understood the significance that symbols rendered to movements that wanted change and as she reached out to Charanjiva, added the word ‘resist’ to the caricature. They also reportedly set out to work on a merchandise that include T-Shirts, tote bags, baby onesies and even mugs, sold on Iamapinklady.com, the proceeds from which are sent to Planned Parenthood.

 

Reportedly, actors like Kalki Koechlin, Poorna Jagganathan, activist Sofia Ashraf are among the many eminent personalities who have sported The Pink Lady with panache.

Aditi Rao Hydari, Athiya Shetty, Kriti Sanon: Who wore the denim look better?

Denim is an all-time favourite! The fabric which has been around since the 18th century hasn’t lost its charm and if you ask us, in India and across the world, it’s the favourite go-to outfit of both the sexes. So, it’s not surprising when even our Bollywood celebs turn to this most desired piece of fabric, be it a pair of well-fitted jeans or just a simple jacket.

Recently, we saw a bevy of B-Town beauties upping their fashion game off-duty. Take a look:

Aditi Rao Hydari doing a denim-on-denim look. (Source: Varinder Chawla)Aditi Rao Hydari doing a denim-on-denim look. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Denim-on-denim: Aditi Rao Hydari who was spotted at the airport stepped out looking perfect in a denim-on-denim look. We love how she paired the knee-length shirt, which can actually work as a dress or jacket, with a drawstring pyjama cuffed at the ankles. The white tucked-in top and sneakers was the perfect choice. Middle-parted hair and a hint of nude lip shade rounded her look. She looked good.

Kriti Sanon playing with floral prints on denim. (Source: Varinder Chawla)Kriti Sanon playing with floral prints on denim. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Floral prints on denim: Kriti Sanon was spotted exiting the airport in a checkered dress by Doodlage which she paired with a gorgeous denim jacket with floral prints on it. We would have liked the dress paired with those white sneakers in the first place but the jacket took her fashion game up a notch. It’s safe to say that even the embroidered patch on denim trendwhich made waves last year is still in. After all, it’s an emblem of one’s individuality.

 

Appliquéd jeans: Athiya Shetty was seen attending a special screening of ‘Jolly LLB 2’ in Mumbai in a fresh off the runway appliquéd jeans by Farah Sanjana. The actress paired it with a white shirt from Topshop and tie up heels from Steve Madden. She kept her make-up minimal. Although we are not a big fan of the design, we would love to try out something in a different print, maybe. It’s kind of fun, don’t you agree?

Prabal Gurung’s new plus size collection at New York Fashion Week is all about loving your body

Starting from Priyanka Chopra to Alia Bhatt and Vaani Kapoor in Bollywood to Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Selena Gomez in Hollywood, Prabal Gurung has probably dressed a lot of glamorous women in the movie industry. We are not going anywhere near the list of supermodels in his creations, that’s for another day. These celebs have the perfect body to carry off his creations and Gurung is more than happy to see them in it but the designer is much more than that.

Prabal Gurung with plus size model Ashley Graham. (Source: Instagram/Ashley Graham)

At New York Fashion Week, the designer used his fall 2017 show to effectively send out a significant message of diversity, by casting models like Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring, who wear clothes that are larger than sample size. He also announced his collaboration with Lane Bryant – a retail women’s clothing store chain focusing on plus-size clothing – with a collection of 12 looks with plus size super model Ashley Graham as his brand ambassador.

This comes after a trunk show by the where he saw one curvy customer shying away from trying on any clothing. Also, there was this isolated event where he attended a panel where the issue of body inclusivity wasn’t addressed, so he took it upon himself to do something about it.

According to instyle.com, Gurung said, “I’ve dressed everyone from the [former] First Lady to the Duchess of Cambridge to A-listers, and I have my Shikshya Foundation that educates women and girls; so now, how am I dressing for a certain size? In order for me to have a holistic conversation about what fashion truly is today, then I have to give choices to women.”

Apparently, the designer hasn’t changed his style ideology just because he was designing for larger bodies. The Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant collection will be available from February 27 at lanebryant.com and Lane Bryant stores.

Freida Pinto’s outfits on her Mumbai visit is worth following; here’s why

The last time Freida Pinto wowed us is when we spotted her at the pre-Golden Globes party mixing it up like a boss in printed pants by Twelve Am:Pm with a constructed strapless top by Tanieya Khanuja. She layered this look with a Burberry trench coat. It’s interesting to see how celebrity stylist Tanya Ghavri put together two prints with different aesthetics so well and styled her to perfection with silver pumps from LK Bennett. We would have never thought of pairing something like this on our own. This look actually inspired us to try out more structures and patterns.

Freida Pinto is still on top of her fashion game. (Source: File photo)

Fast forward to present and Pinto is still on top of her fashion game. Over the weekend, the actress was spotted in Mumbai nailing every single look. Celebrity stylist Tanya Ghavri styled her in three outfits and they were real classy.

The first look was of the actress in a black tailored dress by Toni Maticevski which had a unique shoulder cutout. She teamed it with a pair of Christain Louboutin heels and some dark red lipstick. We think she looked lovely. Nothing to fault here.

The second look was of Pinto in a beautiful and sharp TOME number in white. Well, you can never go wrong with white, can you? We think it was a smart choice to stick to this hue and pair it with a beautiful coral lip shade.

Last but not the least, and our favourite of the three, was the actress in a Paule Ka monochrome wrap dress with a panel of white running through the middle at the Love Scotch red carpet. She complemented her look with simple drop-down earrings, a pink lip shade and neatly tucked hair. We think she looked chic and absolutely lovely!

The Sporty Side: Designer Masaba Gupta on her collaborative athleisure line

DESIGNER MASABA Gupta can’t be accused of playing it safe. At 28, the Mumbai-based SNDT Women’s University graduate is a brand unto herself. She has an eclectic eponymous label with a tremendous social media presence, has been fashion director at Satya Paul and given India its first Instagram show, apart from various creative collaborations. Her latest apparel alliance is an athleisure line for Indo-Brit fashion e-retailer Koovs.com. The 32-piece Masaba X Koovs capsule collection of active wear, priced between Rs 800 and Rs 1,700, will be launched on the site today and will feature bodysuits, jumpsuits, joggers, crop tops, sports bras, bomber jackets and accessories.

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How does a collaboration of this kind work to your advantage?

Athleisure is a cool concept and something I have always wanted to work with. I have become quite health conscious, so it reflects my state of mind too. The idea was to create a line that had a piece for everyone and every occasion. It’s a versatile collection and I have retained my signature Masaba prints.

Tell us a bit about the print stories — Gumbell, Swagger Gum, Swim Girl and Chocolate — that you’ve developed for this collection.

Taking elements of surrealism, the prints for the collection provoke a battle between temptation of junk food and fitness. The collection is dominated by quirky prints bearing motifs ranging from candy and bubblegum to dumbbells and classic stripes. It’s quite a fun collection; the perfect mix of active wear and high fashion with a touch of eccentricity and a pop of colour. My personal favourites are the bodysuits and chocolate slippers.

What were your parameters in designing this collection?

The thought behind this was to give the health-conscious youth a perfect blend of their every day and fashionable leisurewear wardrobe, something you can wear day in and day out. We wanted to make the Masaba X Koovs collection fun and high-energy experience, bringing together fashion and functional clothing.

Not many people know you dabbled in sports as well.

I played professional tennis for about six years and I played football and handball in school as well. I love sports, but I never had the temperament for it. So, I moved on. You need to be both physically and mentally in tune to play competitive sport.

Where did your love for fitness come from and what’s your fitness routine?

It came from a health issue and the fact that I needed to keep my weight down, else I would spiral into bad health. Also, I like looking good. Every alternate day at 7 am, I’m up for pilates or a walk. It’s very important for me to wake up and do some form of workout every day.

Porn or girl power? Behind the scenes at the Victoria’s Secret lingerie show

Stella Maxwell 
at her costume fitting
The Manhattan headquarters of Victoria’s Secret is no place for the insecure. Up on the 12th floor, the corridors of the lingerie firm are lined with vast images of its lacy wares, advertised upon some of the most impossibly perfect bodies nature ever created. Employees queuing at the in-house coffee bar do so surrounded by tanned, taut abs, firm, flawless bottoms and the perkiest of bosoms. It’s more than enough to make you reconsider that mid-morning croissant.

One might comfort oneself with the notion that such images are retouched and Photoshopped. But today, beyond the coffee bar, in a fitting room-cum-studio heavily guarded by unsmiling security, several…

How fashion fell in love with Black Friday

CluelessThe festive shopping season officially begins tomorrow, as retailers around the UK experience their busiest weekend of the year, beginning on Black Friday.

The date that started out as an industrial nickname in the US (post-Thanksgiving, shops would be at their fullest and flailing books would return to the black) Black Friday is now something of a global phenomenon, as retailers instigate discount wars in attempts to attract the most shoppers, and bargain-seekers will gamely punch each other, in fights for the last discounted television. Isn’t it just the most wonderful time of the year?

In the last few years, British fashion brands (i.e. the more civilised, fistfight-free types) have also discovered that America’s Black Friday falls at a most convenient time for them – an optimum four weeks before Christmas for present-buying, as well as striking the right moment to snap up a Christmas party outfit. As demand has surged year-on-year, it’s become a date that our labels just can’t ignore.

 ‘Black Friday has become an important date in our customer’s calendar,’ explains Charlotte Ellis, customer director at Karen Millen, who are offering 25% off everything in store and online, with extra discounts added to selected items. ‘She looks at all of her favourite brands and shops around more than she usually does, so we see a surge in traffic from our existing customer base as well as the new customers that the special offers attract. We definitely saw an increase in both sales and footfall on Black Friday last year.’

Will Marks & Spencer’s new collection mark a turning point for Britain’s most iconic store?

Autograph coat, £149, out Jan; M&S Collection top, £25, out Feb; M&S Collection trouser, £35, out Jan; Shoes, £49.50, out March.In the shadow of store closure announcements, the beleaguered retailer presented their spring summer fashion collection. But will it work?

When Marks & Spencer’s fashion designers set about creating their spring-summer 2017 collections, they tapped into a new source of inspiration: their shoppers.   The retailer convened focus groups of existing customers and never-step-in-the-doors to weigh in on the design direction for the new season – a shrewd undertaking given our national obsession with the retailer’s every shelf-shift. Three groups of 40 women gathered to tell the designers just what they thought of the current assortment. Their message: give us in-season pieces, natural fibres, refined fits and feminine details – and shoes and bags for every outfit.

Autograph top, £39.50, out March; M&S Collection trouser, £29.50, and bag, £39.50, out March; Shoe, £15, out Feb; M&S Collection earring, £12.50, out Jan. 
Autograph top, £39.50, out March; M&S Collection trouser, £29.50, and bag, £39.50, out March; Shoe, £15, out Feb; M&S Collection earring, £12.50, out Jan. 

“One of the things that came strongly through the groups was that this collection is dropping into stores in February. Having the right layers to take you through the season feeling confident, and a colour palette that is seasonally appropriate, were both important to them,” Jo Jenkins, director of womenswear, lingerie and jewellery, said during a preview for the Telegraph fashion team.

Meet the man dressing the Duchess of Cambridge at high street prices

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing Self PortraitWhile you may be more familiar with the “Kate Effect” that boosts fashion retailers, it works both ways as well. Fans of the London-based label Self-Portrait were more than a little smug when the Duchess strode out on the red carpet wearing their dress earlier this month. That white lace bodiced number, with a racy split up the front, was an old design that those in the know had already snapped up and worn.

Either way, it shows that in three short years, 37-year-old Malaysian designer Han Chong has fashioned a label with serious status and selling power.

Han Chong, creative director of Self Portrait
Han Chong, founder and creative director of Self-Portrait. 

Last Christmas, Selfridges sold one Self-Portrait piece every six minutes, and this year that pace hasn’t slowed down. Since its launch the brand has grown 100 per cent each year. It’s now stocked in Harrods, Net-A-Porter, Dover Street Market, Harvey Nichols, Flannels and Matchesfashion.com as well as its own website.