Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Ideal Beauty Blogger

I recently received a comment on my ATB BB series that got me thinking.

The commenter while congratulating me for weight loss spoke about how earlier she did not trust my opinion as a beauty blogger because I did not look a certain way – in other words, because I was fat and therefore not good looking, she thought that I should not preach about beauty.

To be honest I really don’t have any grudges against her for voicing her opinion. I actually am happy that she was honest enough to admit that the way a blogger looks does impact her opinion of the blog itself. There are probably silent readers like her out there who do feel this way but don’t express it as it sounds politically incorrect. As much as we deny it, there is a lot of thin privilege that operates in society.

There are lots of undercurrents to this thought. If I were to extrapolate it, it would also imply that only those people who can walk the ramp (aka have the dimensions/beauty of let’s say Tyra Banks) can credibly run fashion or style blogs, those who run movie / music review blogs should themselves have a background in media having either created a movie or some music themselves, and for food blogs, they better have been participants in shows like Masterchef. How else will I know if their food recipes taste any good?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Coral Gold Nail Art... for dummies.

That I'm not very good at nail art is no secret. I just don't have the finesse required to work with fast drying liquids on multiple tiny curved canvases with equipment so tiny that looks like it was designed to operate on bacteria. 

Hence when I saw this nail art on Corallista, I knew instantly that this would be my project for Sunday Evening, for the following reasons: 

1. It does not require any special equipment like dotters, forceps, blades etc
2. It is a look designed to be messy.
3. I had the colors already sitting on my table.
4. I had nothing better to do this weekend. 

I used Maybelline Colorama Coral Chic as the base color.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

ATB BB Series 13: Reader Query on "Loose skin"

Sarah G posted a query on my last post: 

Hi Tanveer, I need to lose about 40-45 kgs but I am really worried about loose skin (I am in my mid 30s) ---- did you ever find that to be an issue during your weight loss journey?

Since the answer to this a bit lengthy I thought I would answer this in a post. 

First of all, despite losing close to 40 kgs, I haven't had to deal with loose skin. And I don't think I will have to either. From my own understanding this was a result of couple of things that worked in my favour, namely: 

1. My diet is fat & protein. Both collagen & elastin are skin "proteins" that build the scaffolding / structure of the skin. When you eat enough protein, the body is nourished enough internally to divert some protein to things like hair & skin. Fat is also an integral part of skin cell membranes. By eating right you support your skin to deal with the change in size. 

2. I really come from the belief that skin is a living organ. It is responsive, just like our other organs, and it has the ability to heal & regenerate itself. It is not some piece of cloth that once stretched out will never recover. It actually is very responsive, expanding to accommodate changes and it will also respond to when you are a smaller size. If you eat when you are hungry, eat the correct food, then your skin will re-arrange such that there is no loose skin. Starvation (which is most regular diets are) reduces collagen production, decreasing skin elasticity. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Makeup & Fashion in Paris

Paris - the famed fashion capital of the world.

It has always been a dream of mines ever since I turned 15 to visit the city. Luckily fortune has been kind to me and I have visited it twice already!

It is without a doubt one of my favorite places in Europe. I really can't explain it but it has the big city vibe yet every corner bristles with references to Gods of ancient Greek myths, lined with cobbled stones, the romance of Seine's numerous Ponts (Bridges) & of course Eiffel Tower! It looks beautiful at night - the City & the Tower - all bathed in a beautiful golden glow.

It had been a long day of walking and I was sleepy & tired, but I still made to Eiffel for the light show!
During my first trip I was quite excited about makeup & fashion and expected to see the latest trends on the street. What I realized was that Paris's moniker of fashion capital is actually a bit of a misnomer. They dress stylishly and could be the epitome of Euro-chic, but they are very, painfully slow to adapt to trends.

And this second, longer trip where I traveled extensively by the City Metro daily confirmed my belief. But here is a brief glimpse into what I did see:

1. Parisian girls have beautiful skin. Not once did I see anyone with acne marks, discoloration, dark circles. I don't think foundation covers up such a multitude of sins. Last time as well as this, I stocked up on French Skincare. French skincare is best to be the best in the world and guess what, most of it is sold only at pharmacies coz they are full of potent active ingredients.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Olay Moisturizing Lotion - Review

It claims: Olay Moisturizing Lotion is a light, non-greasy formula which gets absorbed quickly and effectively softens and smoothes for younger looking skin. 

This lotion is formulated with an exacted blend of ingredients to help restore and maintain a firm youthful looking skin. Its formula contains fluids so similar to the natural fluids in young skin that skin readily claims them as its own and quickly and replenishes essential moisture. 

In laboratory testing, Olay moisturizing lotion has been shown to significantly boost skin hydration, increase skin suppleness and firmness with overall improved skin smoothness.


Price: Rs. 385 for 150 ml. You also get smaller 30ml & 75ml bottles.

What I liked: 

1. It moisturizes yet doesn't feel oily or heavy at any point. It feels like a waterbased lotion that sinks into the skin without leaving any weird film on the skin. If you want, this product can be applied in multiple thin layers without any discomfort.

2. Works well under makeup. It takes only a minute to sink in and doesn't interfere with makeup application (Other than on my eye lids, I have oily lids. This just makes it worse.

Monday, August 19, 2013

ATB BB Series 12: A year down the line...

It was last August 26th, that I tentatively began my journey on a new way of eating. What started off as Atkins, slowly incorporated more nutritional learnings from the lifestyles of Low Carb, Paleo, Weston A Price & Wheat Belly diets.

And what a year it has been. A year where I lost almost 40 kgs. I say almost because I didn't weigh myself before the diet. I had weighed myself around two months ago. Honestly I was too embarrassed to weigh myself.

I went from this in May '12:

Its not a very flattering pic, but this is the only pic I have of 2012. I was so tired of being fat I didn't want any pictures taken!

to this by June 13:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Lakme Gel Artist in Electric Orange - Review

Gel nail paints are the rage abroad right now. Cured with the help of a UV Lamp - these gel paints offer much superior finish & last long.

When Lakme launched these nail paints, I was curious if they would give out tiny gel lamps like the Sally Hansen Gel Nail kit.
Lakme Gel Artist - Electric Orange

Lakme claims: Nails are fast becoming the next big beauty accessory for today’s fashionable woman who seeks professional and salon based expertise to achieve highly styled nails. Inspired by this insight, the breakthrough Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist range packs the performance of a gel manicure in a bottle to ensure glossy and plump nails in a single stroke.
This break-through product range aims to introduce the global trend of gel based manicures in the country. It comes with a highly pigmented colour formula to ensure super glossy and plump nails. A singular simple stroke delivers rich colour and a high gloss finish that stays for long. The Absolute Gel Stylist comes in exciting shades ranging from tomato tang, coral flush to nudes like nude glow and caramel melt. The range is your very own manicurist in a bottle giving you an unmatchable shine and the most perfectly styled nails.

Price: Rs. 400 for 3.6 ml

What I liked: 

1. The finish. Absolutely glossy! I love glossy, shiny finishes to my nail paint (I never really got the matt nail paint trend) and this particular shade delivers on the gloss. My nails were glossy for almost 4-5 days, although it did dull a wee bit down with time.
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