Beauty, Bridal, Wedding

Make-up Update: Review of Xpressions by R & A

Last week my third makeup trial was with Ruby and Amber of Xpressions. Ruby, who did my hair, came across as more professional and sweet than Amber, who did my makeup, who was much more casual. Overall, I liked the makeup. I asked Amber to do one eye smokey and one eye cleaner to see… Continue reading Make-up Update: Review of Xpressions by R & A

Beauty

The Best Exfoliant Face Scrub Ever

Ever bride-to-be knows that a pre-wedding beauty ritual or two come with the nuptial territory. I owe mine to my my sis-in-law, Sarah, she gave me the recipe for what is the best facial exfoliant, ever. And it's super easy to make: Half of a lemon (squeeze the juice out), 2 tbsps of salt, and… Continue reading The Best Exfoliant Face Scrub Ever

Beauty, Wedding

Review of Make-up Artist Shobana Lakhavally of Amplified Soul

So, while I'm in the process of reviewing current contenders for MUAs, I thought I would also blog about my trial with Amplified Soul that I did last year. I did the trial with Amplified Soul last year, after I booked with Shirley, because I wanted a basis of comparison. I remember one thing which… Continue reading Review of Make-up Artist Shobana Lakhavally of Amplified Soul

Beauty, Bridal, Wedding

Make-up Update: Review of Make-up Artist Kavita Suri

Last week in addition to my trial with Gargi Patel, I did a make up trial with Kavita Suri, who has her own spa in Yorkville. I learned that Kavita and Gargi are good friends and Kavita supports Gargi by using Vasanti products (remember, Gargi's sis started Vasanti)....and from my last post you all know… Continue reading Make-up Update: Review of Make-up Artist Kavita Suri

Beauty, Bridal, Wedding

My Big Fat Pakistani Wedding, meet Because My Mother Said So

I write two blogs. One is about my wedding, planning, and all things related. And the other is a Rolodex of all the brilliant advice that my witty loving mother gives me. Today, they collide. Because as I'm I the midst of trying to figure out if I want my hair up or hair down,… Continue reading My Big Fat Pakistani Wedding, meet Because My Mother Said So

Beauty, Bridal, Wedding

Make-up Update: Review of Make-up Artist Gargi Patel

In my last post about my wedding day makeup, I told you that I was thinking of canceling Shirley Wu for my wedding day...which I still am (mainly due to the fact that she won't travel) however, before I officially do so I need to find another MUA! Tonight I did a trial with Gargi… Continue reading Make-up Update: Review of Make-up Artist Gargi Patel

Beauty, Bridal, Wedding

Canceling Shirley Wu

Gasp. I know. What crazy girl would want to cancel Shirley Wu for her wedding?! "But she's supposed to the best!?" "Girls would kill for that appointment!" True, perhaps. But I've recently had a major change of heart about my MUA and here's why: 1. Looking back at my trial pictures, I realized that I… Continue reading Canceling Shirley Wu

Beauty, Bridal, Wedding

Nauratan jewelry

When I was in Pakistan I was on the hunt for a nauratan set (nauratan means nine, for nine different colours of stones). I think they're so classic and versatile to go with any outfit. It was the classic part that got me laughed at by pretty much every shop keeper in Liberty..."Baji?! (Sister), nauratan… Continue reading Nauratan jewelry

Beauty, Shopping

Face Wash

Yesterday, I had to buy face wash...which I thought would be a fairly simple task, until I realized that plain face wash doesn't really exist in Pakistan. Everything in the store was either whiteness face wash", "fairness cleansing foam" and promising a "whitish pink glow." After ten minutes of searching I managed to find a… Continue reading Face Wash