Makeup Tutorial: Spring Look

Hey girl heeeeey,

GAWD, it feels like forever since I’ve last blogged – not even going to come up with any excuses, it’s basically because I suck. Moving on, last weekend I created this fresh spring time make up tutorial which was an inspiration from the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately (hoping for no sudden snow falls). This look is something that I would wear on an everyday basis (besides the falsies) and I think that anyone can rock it! This tutorial will leave you feeling light, fresh and super bright and it may just have some heads turning around! Also, I wanted to give a big huge shout out to my girl Muffy for sending me over so much Dior goodies – I love it all!  Follow her on Instagram: mafruha_mua – Now without further a do, let’s list those products!

Products (in order of the video)

Primer – Benefit Porefessional
Eye Primer – Mac’s Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Transition Shade – Mac’s Always Sunny
Eyeshadow – Dior, Mirror 621
Falsies – Forever21
Foundation – Dior Foundation Spray
Concealer – Nars, Vanilla
Powder – Nars, Translucent powder
Contour Kit – Anastasia (Havana and Vanilla)
Brows – Anastasia
Blush – Benefit’s Coralista
Highlight – Nars Albatross
Lips – Inglot Lip Liner #77, Dior Lipstick #628, Nyx Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz
Eyeliner – Nars, Nude eyeliner

Stay tuned for an updated contour look coming soon! xoxo

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Get Ready With Me: Bollywood Inspired Look

Hi friends,

We are almost at the end of the week which is rather exciting because I have a lot of pictures to take for all the ideas that are running around in my head for my YouTube and Blog! A few weekends ago, we had a dawat and I knew I just had to film for you guys. The only issue with filming the day that you are actually supposed to be going somewhere is TIMING! I never can seem to schedule myself accordingly to be done filming and be early or on time for the dawat. Even if I give myself 2-3 hours, something goes wrong – here is a list of a few things that can happen while I’m filming: my battery dies and I have to recharge it, my memory stick runs out and I have to load the video clips on my computer and then start again, or the sun starts to set and I need to set up my lights.. sometimes there are problems after problems! Regardless, I love doing it however I find that sometimes the idea that I have in my mind doesn’t always come to life. For instance, in this video I wanted to film my whole outfit and show you guys what I wore but because the dawat was at night, we weren’t getting good lighting and the camera just wasn’t focusing on the outfit how I would have liked it to. Anyways, enough rambling on, I hope you guys had a chance to see the video, if not click above and check it out!

This video was a Bollywood Inspired Look where my eyes were gold with heavy eyeliner and my face was contoured to the T. I added more glamor to the look by using my Lilly G. lashes as well as wearing some show stopping jewelry! Below you will find a list of my products that I used within the video, feel free to leave your comments  aboout any questions you may have.

Product List:

Mac – Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette – Gold, Praline, Bliss
Mac – Amber Lights Eye Shadow
Maybelline – Black Liquid Eyeliner
Lilly G – Lashes in Barcelona
Ben Nye – Banana Powder
Anastasia Contour Kit – Vanilla, Banana, Havana
Benefit – Hoola Bronzer
Mac – Blunt
Loreal – Black Intense Eyeliner
Bobbi Brown – Mascara
Becca – Opal Highlighter
NYX – Natural Retractable Lip Liner
Maybelline – 920 Lipstick
Nars – Turkish Delight

 

If you want a list or tutorial of how I did my hair and what products I used, leave a comment below or under my video and dont forget to subscribe 😀  Thanks for tuning in you guys.

xoxo

OOTN: White & Gold Kaftan

Kaftans, kaftans, kaftans!

Why do they remind me of Cleopatra, Kim K and Dubai? No idea, but what I do know is that the kaftan is a beautiful outfit that is modest, unique and extremely comfortable.
The kaftan has been around for thousands of years in various different cultures, especially in the Middle East. Over time, the kaftan has become something of a modest outfit choice for Arab women. It has also made its way in to the West because of Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner’s trip to Dubai which included glamorous photos all over social media.
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Some kaftans come with belts to accentuate the waistline and some flow to the ground for that goddess-like feeling. Kaftans can be worn casually on the beach as a cover up or they can be worn to a wedding event. The best thing about this type of outfit is that most of the time they are a little baggy which means they fit any size! They hide your love handles, make you look taller by falling to the ground and totally make you feel glamorous – as you should! I wore a kaftan last night to my friend’s wedding reception and let me tell you, it was beyond comfortable, classy and easy to wear. Normally, I wear saris, lenghas or shalwar kameez but I felt I needed a change. The heavy embroidery on the neck line added the glam that I needed/wanted which meant that I didn’t need to wear a necklace. Instead, I wore bigger earrings which I considered to be my statement piece. I also paired my kaftan with a gold Michael Kors watch and kept it pretty simple on my arms. I wish I did more with my hair but we were lacking time since it was a week night. Check out some pictures though I hardly had any time to take many – also, if you’re on the hunt for a kaftan you need to check out Hijabi Mama – it’s where it got mine! (She also sells jewelry and hijabs!)

 Outfit is from my girl, Hijabi Mama. Check her out for kaftan’s, jewelry and more!

https://www.facebook.com/HijabiMama

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Meet the hubby!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post of my ootn, and don’t forget to check out Hijabi Mama for outfits just like this! xo

Post Wedding Reflections

Hi everyone!

South Asian weddings can be INSANE. My husband and I had our Nikkah June 9th 2012 and had our Gaye Holud and Reception a year later in August of 2013. We have a huge family + a LOT of family friends which made our wedding enormous! I had 7 bridesmaids and 6 Cousinmaids on my side of the wedding party and a 20+ people dance crew for our big dance finale. We had family come to the wedding from all over the world (Houston, Florida, Bangladesh, the UK, LA etc), which was a lot of fun because the house was full of family which made the illusion of the wedding actually come to life! The planning took a couple years to commence but thankfully I had my parents to help me out big time. We also hired a wedding planner (A Shahzadi Affair) a year into the planning process to help us execute efficiently.

Today I wanted to talk about my wedding festivities and give you some pointers to help you plan your dream wedding accordingly. Now, I am a pretty psychotic person in terms of attention to detail and extreme organization. Although I know that most people aren’t this way, if you want a extravagant wedding with details, you must plan ahead!

I remember when we had Farah from A Shahzadi Affair over to our house for our first meeting, I already had mostly everything planned out and chose all of the vendors I wanted to visit. She was there to help me get to where I wanted to be and make sure that everything went smoothly the day of the event(s).

I started planning my wedding when I was 5 years old #noreally. I have always wanted a big wedding, always printed pictures to add into my wedding folder, I wanted bright colors, lots of music, dance and good food. I wanted good memories, amazing pictures and an awesome highlight to remember it all.  Over the years, I thought of the color scheme I wanted, the songs I wanted my friends to dance to and the entertainment we would have at our Gaye Holud. But all of this doesn’t come to life without proper planning!

There are 3 specific things I started working on 2 years before my wedding date. They were:

1.  The Wedding Party
2. A Wedding Planner/Agenda
3. Vendors

1. The Wedding Party is extremely important when you are holding a 550 + people event (or any event at all). Those who are close to you will probably be your bridesmaids/groomsmen. In the heat of the moment, you might say “I want this person to be my bridesmaid, I want this person to be my bridesmaid, OH AND THAT PERSON TOO!” But keep in mind, is it really necessary?! When choosing your bridesmaids, try not to think about who’s feelings you may hurt in the process. This is your time and it’s okay to be a little selfish and keep those who are close to you even closer. The first 3 people that come to your mind are probably the best fit to help you on your wedding day. You want bridesmaids and groomsmen who are helpful, active and just as excited as you are for your wedding. Do not just pick anyone and everyone just to make them happy because in the end, you will find yourself stressing to make them happy. In addition, you’ll be dealing with un necessary drama, leave that baggage out the door! #itsnottheirday #sorrynotsorry.

Decide who is really important in your life and who will/can help with your wedding and not just look pretty for pictures. #truestory. Remember that sometimes weddings can either make or break people, if you feel that a relationship could be in jeopardy, make note of that and execute efficiently.

“Pictures should reflect the good times of your wedding with the people that matter and that means to have people around you that love and care for you”

2. Agenda/Wedding Planning Book – As lame as this sounds, it’s a pretty good investment. Think about it, 10 years down the road you can view your wedding book and all the fun but stressful moments you had during your wedding planning days.

Having an agenda and writing it down really helps the process. It helps you remember notes about certain vendors, “to do” lists and scheduled appointments. Most wedding planning books that you can find at stores like Indigo and Chapters include tabs (Entertainment, Food, Wedding Party etc) which can help you organize your wedding properly. They also have pockets for you to keep brochures and any necessary paperwork you may need. These books range from $20-60 and are super cute!

“You want to be organized throughout the whole process and be able to look back at all the planning it took to make your dream wedding”

3. Vendors – OH MY GAWD. Can I just say how important vendors are in this whole process? DO YOUR RESEARCH!  Take your time and don’t just choose a vendor instantly because you are sick of the process and just  want to get it over with. No no no! Vendors are extremely important when planning your wedding, they MAKE your vision come true and without the right ones you’ll see yourself being really upset the day of.

Compare prices of various vendors, make sure you vibe with the person (especially if they are your videographer and photographer) and check reviews online. A great place to see reviews is http://www.shaadisource.com.

Read every contract very thoroughly. For videography and photography, make sure you know when you should be expecting your videos and pictures. I know a couple who have waited over one year just to get their video and that’s totally un acceptable! Remember, a vendor should only take on as many weddings as they can handle. If they are going to make you wait forever for your pictures/video, they are not worth it.

“Vendors make your vision come true, choose wisely”

Of course there are even more pointers to help you plan for a perfect wedding but I find that these 3 are pretty important things that can help you in the long run plan and organize your wedding successfully! I personally had a great time planning my wedding. Of course, there are things that I wish I did differently but I think everyone thinks like that. I’m glad to say that the wedding was successful and everyone had a good time.

Check out our highlight video above!

xo

Some blogs about our wedding:

http://ashahzadiaffair.com/2014/01/16/real-shahzadi-anisa-irshad-august-18th-the-wedding/

http://www.rubiesandribbon.com/2014/01/21/toronto-bengali-wedding-planner/

http://www.aainabridal.com/2012/09/real-bride-toronto-bengali-wedding-by.html

http://ashahzadiaffair.com/2013/11/13/engaged-shahzadi-anisa-irshad-cupcake-themed-photoshoot/

http://ashahzadiaffair.com/2014/01/14/real-shahzadi-anisa-irshad-august-16th-the-holud/