Beauty Roundup – Gel Eyeliner

A few weeks back a friend of mine suggested the Maybelline Eye Studio gel eyeliner. I had been using the roll on Maybelline Colossal  kajal since years, but thought of trying out a new product. I am still trying to get a good grip of of the gel liner applications, it comes with a lot of practice! So I thought of doing a post with the most helpful videos, and tips I learnt along the way.

Firstly, there are four basic types of eyeliners available, each have their own usage, stay-on power and purpose. They are: the kohl (crayon like consistency like in the Colossal kajal), the pencil eyeliner, the gel eyeliner and the liquid liner (this comes in either a bottle form with applicator or a pen form with felt tips for applying directly). The usage of each type depends on the look you want create and on personal preference. For more detailed differentiation read this article. In this post I will be doing a more detailed discussion on the gel eyeliner.

Secondly, the gel eyeliner does not stay put in the waterline. Thus for people like me who line their waterline regularly a kohl or pencil liner is a must. The gel eyeliner can be used on lash-lines to create various looks, from subtle everyday makeup to the more dramatic ones. I have used liquid liners before, but definitely found the gel eyeliner easier to use. The picture below marks the different areas of the eye, as used in makeup tutorials.

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Courtesy: Jenny Pulfer

The internet is an oasis of make-up tutorials and articles, I have done my best to come up with a concise list of the most useful tips and tricks on gel eyeliner application. Below is my list of 5 must-see videos.


Adriana shows the different brushes that can be used for a gel eyeliner along with some basic tips. Her tutorial is effective to create an everyday casual look with the gel eyeliner.

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Gharara and Sharara – Trending

I recently visited the famed Stylefile exhibition in Kolkata. It is an annual exhibition hosted at The Old Bungalow in Alipore. While browsing through the designer collections I noticed the presence of ghararas and shararas at most stalls. First let me differentiate between the two silhouettes. Both gharara and sharara are types of flared trousers/bottoms worn originally during the 19th century to early 20th century. A gharara is usually fitted till the knee and flares out dramatically beyond that, whereas the sharara flares out from the waist itself, almost like a lehenga skirt. The gharara and sharara have been widely present in designer collections in the recent few years.


Ace designer Anamika Khanna has used variations of the gharara in her last three couture collections. She has paired an organza panelled sharara with an embroidered peplum top for her 2013 couture collection. A similar sharara can be seen in an editorial shoot of Kangana Raut. A metallic gharara has been paired with a knee length black and beige jacket for the same couture collection. Anamika has also paired a gharara trouser with a short jacket and yellow dupatta, giving the drape a lehenga saree look, for her pret collection. In her most recent collection, for the Bvlgari show, Anamika has designed an organza gharara with floral lace embroidery at the hem.


The gharara can be styled in several ways. I have shown three styling examples from the autumn-winter 2014 collections, in the picture above. It can be given a resort styling like Rizwan Beyg has done by pairing a bright coloured gharara with a block coloured flared top. Suneet Verma has given a lace palazzo like gharara an etheral look, this ensemble can be worn for a pre-wedding function by the bride. The bridal party can wear the trend by pairing a tulle gharara with a contrast coloured velvet embroidered jacket, like this Ekru ensemble.

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Forever 21 – Online shopping review and Haul


The american brand Forever 21 does not have a retail outlet in Kolkata , so when they launched the online shopping facility on their Indian website I was elated. I had visited their store on my previous Delhi trip and had fallen in love with their everyday style clothes and voguish accessories. They have a wide range of basic and trendy dresses, tops and bottoms with colour options for many products. They also have an extensive fashion jewelry collection. Though, the range of bags and shoes is limited on the website, and they still haven’t started selling their make-up products.

Fortnightly they have extra offers running, excluding their regular sale section. The website has a policy of minimum purchase of Rs.2500 for free delivery to be applicable. The paid shipping prices vary depending on your total bill amount. It is quiet steep compared to several shopping portals, so it is advisable to create wish-lists and place the order once you reach the minimum. Sometimes they run a no-minimum purchase required for free shipping offer too.


The outer packaging.

In the second week of November, Forever21 website was running a high discount on certain accessories, between 50% to 80% off. This is when I made my purchase- a printed knit top, three sets of stud earrings, three dangling earrings, a pair of hoops, a stoned stud, two neckpieces, two sets of bangles and a silver bracelet, all for a total of Rs.2159 only.


Abstract print top: Rs.879; Heirloom tassel necklace: Rs.200; Faux gemstone necklace(green): Rs.140.

My parcel arrived in 8 days from placing the order. I have previously ordered from Forever21 site too, but this time I had some issues with the tracking id and had emailed the customer service regarding the same. The parcel was well wrapped in a sealed plastic cover over the cardboard box. The accessories were individually wrapped in bubble paper and then put in clear plastic packets. The clothes were wrapped in clear plastic packets. All products came with brand packaging and their original price on the tag (not the discounted price).

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The Factory Outlet


The Factory Outlet, or TFO as the logo says, is a new restaurant on 22 Camac Street, Kolkata. A part of the already existing Ivory restaurant, owned by the same group as Shisha lounge, has been secerned to form the TFO.

The restaurant, with bar, has a semi formal vibe to it. As you enter there are high tables with bottle cap shaped bar stools. The rest of the seating area has been done up in a lively pink and orange colour palette with neutral toned walls. At the far end a wall art of wooden shelves and hanging origami birds enlivens the space. The DIY bottles on table tops and a wall with half caged round table seating adds a rustic element to the otherwise modern set-up. I spent several minutes just gawking at everything.

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The menu has an eclectic selection of dishes from Middle Eastern, Asian and European cuisines. The food menu is combined with the inexpensive alcohol menu. It has the usual mix of cocktails like LIIT (Rs.200 + taxes) to a wide range of standalone beverages like Kingfisher 330 beer (Rs.140 + taxes). The wines are not listed and the choice is limited too, you could pick a bottle of Sula white wine (Rs.2100 + taxes) among others. The mocktail of the day (Rs.150 + taxes) though was a let down. A meal for two, including alcohol, would cost around Rs.1800.

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