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Saturday, December 19, 2015

THE DECEMBER MAKEUP

It's the last month of 2015! How did this even happen? How did we get through almost 365 days so damn quickly. Also, I'm so sorry to have been completely out of the scene! I got busy with a cousin's wedding and I also started my YouTube channel finally! Coming back to this post, my makeup so far for December has been very dewy with tons of red lips and goldish - glittery eyes as it's wedding season here in India and party season all over the world.


For base I started out with Benefit's Porefessional as my skin was feeling a little bit dry than usual. I followed the primer with my L'oreal Infalliable Foundation (the best foundation ever?). To set it I used the Rimmel Stay Matte powder and added a bit of a colour through this amazing L'oreal blush. As I said, I am loving gold eyes this season, so I used my really loved Lakme 9 to 5 eyeshadow quad in Desert Rose and finished it off with this Maybelline Hyper Glossy eyeliner. For winters I love a good berry lip colour and what better than this cult Rimmel Kate Moss in 107.

This is it for this post guys.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

THE BODY SHOP HAUL

I started blogging back in July 2014 just to try it out. I never thought I would ever get to a point where I would be writing my 100th blogpost! I knew I wanted to do something special for reaching this milestone and what better way to do it than to start a YouTube channel! So here's a little haul from The Body Shop for you guys. Please Like, Share and Subscribe! 



                 

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Monday, November 30, 2015

A MONTH IN A REVIEW: NOVEMBER


I cannot believe yet another month has passed by! By the time you'll be reading this, I'll be celebrating my little brother's birthday who just turns 16! I feel so old though, hahah. So today I'm here to tell you guys about how exciting November has been.

1. To start with I finally got a hang of healthy eating. Though I do have a sneaky nutella milkshake or maybe a cookie some days, but mostly I have been really good. I want to make healthy eating a lifestyle. I have just taken a first step but something is better than nothing right?

2. Remember how I had my exams about a month ago? Yeah, I got my results for them and guess who got a first class? Yup me! (Saying this in the most Monica tone possible!) I was so glad that I got the results as per my hard work and now hopefully I'll work harder to get a distinction next time.

3. I finally took my first step towards my future. I cannot disclose anything more than this and I promise I'll reveal more in the upcoming months. But I am super proud for taking the first step just because I was so scared about it and I was second guessing it. I thought doing it would relieve me a but now I am more nervous than ever. I would take that as a good thing.

4. A little update about me leaving out conditioners - It is going great! My hair has never felt so good in such a long time. If you have really fine hair or you have really long hair you should most probably skip conditoner as to be honest you don't really need it.

5. Also, I would be a graduate 4 months from now! How awesome is it going to be entering into a world full of bills and responsibilities! (not as happy about that though!)

For December my only goal is to learn how to cook healthy. So expect a lot more recipes in the new year!

Until next time,
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Sharmi Shah

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

FACE OF THE DAY with SAMEERA AFZAAL

Hola to all the folks here that stay incredible with our INOUI babe, Sharmi.

Sameera here from DYNAMIQUE BLOG and I am so excited to bring you my daily make up routine.


I have wanted to do a face of the day post ever since we launched our blog but it has never quite fit in.

So lets get started, I hope you like it.

My go to makeup routine takes literally five minutes and it works on emphasizing my features rather than cover them.

My known beauty trend is my contour which I will share below. It is so easy and the perfect couple of steps if you are in a rush and wanted a slay cheekbone.

These are all the makeup bits that I used for this routine.

I usually experiment with different products but usually it is similar to these.


 Starting from the top left;
TopShop BRONZER in MOHAWK
Sportsgirl GLOW WITH IT MARBLE BRONZER
NARS PURE RADIANT TINTED MOISTURIZER in ST. MORETZ MEDIUM 1
Rimmel London STAY MATTE in 005 SILKY BEIGE
Maybelline New York Lash Sensational
Essence XXXL Nude Lip Gloss
Essence clear brow gel
Rimmel London MATCH PERFECTION concealer in 060 NATURAL BEIGE
Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in 212 Rich Brown
Maybelline New York BROW Satin Medium Brown
HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Palette
LOREAL PARIS Skin Perfection
Aesop PARSLEY SEED Anti-oxidant serum

The brushes are just some that I have collected over the years and I am comfortable using for my face shape.

There is just a fluffy blush brush
A buffing brush
A smaller sized blush brush
A spooley

STEP 1: Skin Prep
 I have been using the Aesop Serum sample under my moisturiser since the the 2015 end of Australian winter. I use it to balance out my skin as the Australian climate can be harsh. I use three small dots of the Skin Perfection over the serum and make sure I pat in the formula. I leave this to set for a minute. This is the most crucial step to my makeup. It is a make sure step that ensures my skin looks on point and my makeup looks flawless.

STEP 2: Conceal
I have natural dark circles and when I was younger I literally had white undereyes because I tried to cover them. Then I visited a Mecca Maxima make up counter to get a colour match and they showed me how to work with my dark circles. What I do now is literally dot 4 dots under my dark circles with the MATCH PERFECTION. I then take a dot of my NARS tinted moisturiser and blend the concealer. I never hide my dark circles but use this step to enhance the top of my cheekbones. I use my dark circles as a natural smokey eye. I use the STAY MATTE to set this.

STEP 3: Brows
 I used the new Maybelline Product to do this step. I really like this product. It is cheap and convenient and does the job well.

STEP 4: It is CONTOUR + highlight time
Contour is my favourite thing ever. If I had to have just two products in my collection it would be a grey toned bronzer and a brow product. I love contouring and highlighting. It just shapes my face and as I have gotten better at it, it has become a statement look for me. Cream contour takes incredible time and needs time to perfect so this is an easy go to.


I start with a grey toned bronzer. Here I used the TopShop one. I swirl the small blush brush in the product and apply it under my cheek bones right at the start of my cheekbones towards my ear. This is your contour base.


 I then take this same colour on my forehead and under my neck. So with this contour colour you are trying to make shape and define your features. I then continue with the Sportsgirl marble bronzer and I use this almost as a blush. I use the fluffy blush brush and I take it from the apples of my cheeks back towards my ear. The key to this bronzer is you want to make sure that the colour is vibrant, dewy and luxurious unlike the grey base. The grey which defines and the marble gives you the glow and enhances the contour. I then take the middle highlight from the Hourglass palette with the same fluffy brush and take that on the top of my cheekbones and and under my brow bone.


STEP 5: Finishing the eyes
The makeup is almost done. I just put mascara on when I feel like it and then for this makeup look I took the Rimmel London eye definer underneath my eyes just for a little play.

 I then popped on a little lip gloss and I was ready to go.

5 steps in 5 minutes that give a killer cheek bone and doesn’t make you feel so caked up and gets you going for the day.


I would love to see your take on this makeup look so if you do attempt make sure to share and tag me on Instagram @dynamiqueblog or Twitter @DYNAMIQUEblog

I really hope all you lovelies like this.

Thank you for having me here again and reading.

STAY DYNAMIC
Sameera 
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

BRONZE AND BLUSH



Since the day that I started applying makeup properly, I learned that bronzing and blushing are two of the most important steps in one's routine. They add the necessary colour and definition to one's face. For Bronzers I have never used any but powder ones and though I want to give other formulas a try, I think I am pretty content with my choices for now. Currently for a bronzer I am using this one from an Australian cosmetics company Australis. I have couple more untouched ones in my 'to try' basket but more on them later. For Blushers, I probably have tried all the formulas other than the liquid ones. I think I'll always be torn between baked and cream ones. Though right now I am using a cream blusher by Revlon in Flushed. It is the prettiest pink colour and as you can see in the picture above, it adds such a pretty glow to the face too!

Let me know about your current Blush and Bronze combination in the comments below.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

THIGH HIGH LOVE

India doesn't have winters where you can play with different layers or have cozy evenings at starbucks. But that doesn't mean we can't play around with accessories. I have been seeing these thigh high boots everywhere and they look so stunning. Below are some photos which gives me a basic idea as to how I can style them with short summer dress, or skirts or over-sized jumpers. 








Which fashion trends are you loving currently?
Let me know in the comments below.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

REVLON NEARLY NAKED FOUNDATION



I have always been a fan of dewy and fuss free makeup.I am not a huge fan of makeup that looks too matte. I was very comfortable with using a BB cream as a base but then came a time when I got really bored. Revlon had recently released it's nearly naked foundation in India and as I was feeling quite brave I knew I had to buy it. The decision was very risky as I wasn't sure if the shade would even match. But as it turns out, it was a perfect match! I am so in love with this foundation. It doesn't feel heavy at all and it's quite build-able. A little goes a long way with this one. The only issue I have is, it doesn't have a pump and so sometimes there's a lot more out product then you expect. Also, for some reason there are only 3 shades available. Saying all that I think it's a pretty good product for the price.

I am on the lookout for new foundations, so leave all your recommendations in the comments below.

Until next time,
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Sharmi Shah
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Friday, November 13, 2015

A DRY SHAMPOO THAT I ACTUALLY LIKE!



If someone asks me about my favourite body part, my answer would always be 'my hair'. I have always had an amazing relationship with my hair. I rarely change my hair care routine and I don't like to try too many products for my hair. If I would like something I would use it for at least a couple of years before I start looking for something else. I have never come across a dry shampoo that actually works for me. It either would leave a really bad white stain or make my hair greasy. I kind of gave up on finding one that would work for me. But then, I spotted this dry shampoo by DOVE at a departmental store in Dubai. I thought why not give yet another one a try. The risk completely paid off! I love it! It makes my hair look really fresh, doesn't leave a white residue and smells great. I just regret not buy any backups!

Let me know your suggestions on any good dry shampoo in the comments below.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

PINSPIRED: GRECIAN INTERIOR

When it comes to interiors, I love something that is simple with a rustic feel. I don't like too many colours or prints in one room. I would not be able to function if I had a pink room with purple interior! It's just not me. If I had to design my house, the major inspiration would be drawn from Greece. Although I have never been there, I love their houses, the way they are decorated. They just feel so cozy! So today I am sharing with you some pictures from where I am definitely inspired.










What would your dream home look like? 
Share your thoughts with me in the comments below! 

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

YET ANOTHER HAUL!


Colorbar Waterproof eyeshadow stick in Blush 002
Colorbar Waterproof eyeshadow stick in Dream 007
Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Blackest Black
Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Liner in Beige Pink
Maybelline White Superfresh Compact in Shell

I went makeup shopping yet again! YES! AGAIN! I just posted a haul about a couple of weeks ago and here I am sharing another haul again! It's just too tempting. I went on to buy a lip liner and a black pencil liner and ended up buying a compact powder, two eye shadow crayons, one lip liner and one black pencil liner. As much as I complain, I think this isn't going to end anytime soon. Also, I don't even know how many times I am going to mention this, but I am having so much fun with creating new content for the blog!

Have you bought anything recently?
Let me know about your purchases in the comments section below!

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Sharmi Shah
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Friday, November 6, 2015

HEALTHY HABITS


Since I have been on a journey to get fit, I learned that it's not enough to just workout everyday. The workout would mean nothing if I am constantly stressed or I am always in a negative state of mind. To be healthy with my mind and body is something that I want to incorporate into my lifestyle before I move in to the real world in April next year. I feel like although I am not too regular with it yet, I am being as constant as I can. I think waking up everyday with a positive mindset is the best way to start your day. I like to keep a journal where I write about my positives for the day. When you're only looking for the positive moments, you don't even realize that you had any negative ones. Working out is another important aspect to lead a healthy life. It doesn't have to be a hardcore gym workout. It can be yoga, dancing, pilates, jogging or even just a walk in the park. You just have to keep moving in that hour that's it! Eating healthy and staying hydrated are the best things you can ever do to your body. Outer appearance is nothing without inner health. If you're sick all the time, it would definitely show up on your face which is not so great if you're a working individual. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Eating healthy does not mean to completely throw out your favourite foods, but just cutting back and adding fresh fruits and veggies to your daily meal plan. Most importantly, doing what you love is an essential element to live a healthy and content life. If you're not happy with what you're doing then talk to someone who can help you figure your problems out. This does not mean giving up an entire university degree just because one topic is so hard to understand. Learn to work your way around difficult situations. And last but not the least, sleep well. For anyone who's above 16, 7-9 hours of sleep is a must. Your body with your mind, needs rest too.

I hope this little post proves to be helpful to you guys in some way.
What is your favourite kind of workout?
Let me know your answers in the comments box below.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

THE NOVEMBER MAKEUP


As it's a new month, it's time for a little shuffle in the makeup department. As mentioned in my previous posts, I finally bought a foundation. For base I have been reaching for Revlon's Nearly Naked foundation, which is very dewy and it's very build-able. I then follow up with the L'oreal Mat Magique powder to set the foundation. I am currently loving Revlon's blush in Flushed. I think cream blushes are the best invention ever as they look so natural on you. For eyes, I have finally moved on from the Maybelline Palette to Lakme's eye shadow Quad in Desert Rose. All the colours are so perfect for indiviadual use or using them all for a burgundy smokey eye. For eyeliner and mascara, they are the same as last month's: Maybelline Hyper Gloss eyeliner and Model Co. mascara. I don't think I am going to use the same lip colour through out the month, but I am loving Glamor Fuchsia by L'oreal Paris a lot right now.

I was a bit too careful with makeup before but I am having the best time in experimenting. I am still at the initial stage although on the other hand I have been hauling a lot and I simply cannot wait for the stuff to make it's way onto the blog. 

Since I am getting into foundations a lot, I would love for your recommendations on the same. Let me know your reviews in the comments below.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

SWEATER WEATHER

Winter has always been a season that I favourite the most. I love cozy mornings and cold evenings. Contrary to the popular belief I tend to be a lot more productive during Winters than I am ever during Summers. It's my dream to spend a white Christmas in London and New York some day just because it all looks so darn magical. I think the way we wear sweaters has changed a lot over the years. From limiting it to just winters we even started wearing them during summers, styling them with cut off shorts and converse. Also, they are so versatile now, you can layer them with different accessories or wear the longer ones with knee high boots, it all depends on your personal style. 













Let me know how you style your winter clothes in the comments below.

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Sharmi Shah

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OCTOBER 2015 FAVOURITES


October has been a month where I just reached for my old favourites. Also, I didn't change around my makeup or skincare a lot this month so I only have a few favourites to share with you guys.

1. Simple Skincare Toner: This stuff is a life saver. I have been in love with this since three years now and I am so bummed India doesn't stock it for the original prices. I just did a full review on this one which you can read here.

2. L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil: As I mentioned in the last post here, I made a major change in my hair care routine. I am going to stop using conditioner after I shampoo and instead use hair serums or something like this L'oreal Oil. Since making the change I have seen a lot more volume in my hair and a lot of texture. I am almost on the verge of finishing this one though. So feel free to suggest some amazing oils in the comments below.

3. Bio Oil: What's not to love here. I initially bought this because I noticed some stretch marks around my thighs when I got back into fitness. I've heard that massaging the area with bio oils helps erasing them. Now because I am still losing weight I think all I have noticed are minor changes, but then I read that it is also great to even out your skin tone. And since then I have been using it on my face, all the discolouration has disappeared. This stuff is a miracle I tell you.

4. Revlon Photo Ready Blush in Coral Reef 300: I have a feeling that I have mentioned this one before in a favourites but I have been using this one everyday this month. It gives me the most natural blushed look and I like how build-able it is. I think this has to be my favourite blush that I own.

5. Lily Pebbles: I never thought I would have a favourite human being on a favourites ever, but here it is. I have been obsessed with her blog and her channel during the whole of October. Would you believe if I say that I finished watching her Vlogmas from last year in a span of two days. Maybe I would start my very own YouTube channel one day!

What's your most favourite thing this month?
Share your answers with me in the comments below.

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Sharmi Shah 
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

THE MONTH IN A REVIEW: OCTOBER 2015


When I wrote this post last month, I knew I had set myself some goals for the month of October. Some I could get through but some I struggled with. So here is everything that happened in October:

1. I finally finished my 5th Semester at College and so now I have only one more semester to go until I graduate! I can't even express how happy I am right now.

2. Also, I finally bought myself a foundation. I only have used either BB Creams or Tinted Moisturizers till now and so buying a foundation makes me feel like a grown up. I was a bit skeptical about the shade as I ordered it online but I was so happy when it matched perfectly with my skin. 

3. This is a very silly thing to be happy about but, I finally nailed the Nutella Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows recipe. It is definitely not the healthiest thing to have but hey it's so yummy!

4. I am a huge foodie, and so controlling my food habits is something that I have given up on. Saying that I have changed the quantity of food that I eat and I can already see a huge difference. I also have substituted a couple of items with healthier alternatives. I will do a post on this but only after I get myself completely into that routine.

5. While we are on the changing routines topic, I decided to take a major step of not using a conditioner anymore after I shampoo my hair. I felt like it weighed down my hair and made it limp. I made the change only about 15 days ago and so far I am happy with the way it's going.

I am hoping to get more into working out everyday from next month onwards. Let's see how well that goes.

What were your special moments this month?
Share them with me in comments below.

Until next time,
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Sharmi Shah



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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

PRODUCTS I HAVE USED UP #3

I have no clue whatsoever as to why I love reading about or watching videos that show used up products by different bloggers. I would like to think it's because 1. They have actually used those products 2. I feel like the review is much more genuine once the whole product has been used up. This is my only third post into the category as due to the writer's block I threw away all the empties that I had kept aside. But here I am again bringing you the products that I have used up in the last couple of months or so. I wouldn't go in for a whole review on each product because I don't want to make it a really long post. I would just mention the names and you can let me know in the comments below if you would like a review on a particular product.


1. Simple Skincare Toner (Travel Size) x2
2. Dove Dryness Care Shampoo
3. Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash
4. Nivea Argan Nourish Body Lotion
5. Estee Lauder Idealist 

Which is the most luxurious product you own? Would you buy it again?
Let me know you thoughts in the comments below.

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Sharmi Shah
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

SIMPLE SKINCARE TONER


Toners are something that I had really struggled with even before having an skincare routine. Because I have very sensitive skin all toners that I tried would just dry it and make it flaky. Then I found out that I was not using the toner which was meant for my sensitive skin. I seriously didn't know anything at all about skincare. After using a couple of them for sensitive skin I came across the brand SIMPLE and I decided to try out it's toner and there hasn't been anything that even come close to it. It's such a shame that I can't find it in INDIA for the original price and I have no clue about it being shipped internationally. What I love about this toner is that it works so well on my skin without giving me nightmares in the morning. Also, as it is alcohol, paraben and fragrance free it makes it the perfect kind for my skin type. Now I guess I'll have to order it in bulk amounts next time my dad goes to London. Sigh!

Which toner do you guys use?
Let me know your answers below in the comments.

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Sharmi Shah
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

A MINI HAUL


I am an absolute sucker for SALES. I would actually wait for months to buy an item in sales. I have this notion that if something has been on my wishlist and it's on the expensive side I would wait for the sales to arrive and then buy it, that way I save money and I think it's smart shopping. So when Nykaa.com announced it's Diwali Sale I knew I had to get my hands on stuff that had been on my list for way too long. Saying that, I only bought three things which were absolutely necessary. Also, I finally got a foundation! If you have been a reader of my blog since quite a while now, you would know that I have never bought a foundation before so I am really proud when the shade actually matched. More on that later next month. The next two things I bought are my holy grail products which I have probably used more times than I care to remember.

So what have you recently bought that you have never had?
Let me know your answers in the comments below.

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Sharmi Shah
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NEW IN: NAIL POLISHES


It has been so long since I last posted a blog post. Well, in my defense I might have been busy or just enjoying the well deserved break! Who knows. Getting back into the post, I finally got my hands on my most looked for shades. One is the perfect minty green (Mint Julep from Lakme Gel Stylist) and the other one is the best white I have ever come across (No. 37 from ColorBar). Both shades have great consistencies and they stay on for a good 4-5 days without any signs of chipping. I have a feeling that these both might be a part of this month's favourites post.

Which nail colour have you been loving recently?
Let me know your answers in the comments below.

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Sharmi Shah
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

INFUSED WATER


One of my favorite weight loss topics to talk about is infused water! They are known to naturally boost metabolism while making the whole drinking 12 glasses of water a day process a bit more fun. They are not at all expensive and have almost 0 calories in them. That's just so great!
I first started making them back in April 2014 and it just instantly refreshed me. I tried probably the oldest mix: Lemon, Cucumber and Mint. Saying that then I moved on to strawberry and mint and then now I drink the one with Orange and Mint. I love mint because it gives me the necessary kick to start the day. You can make one by just cutting up the mix of your choice, mixing it in a whole bottle of water and then just refrigerate it overnight or however long it works for you. There are now different infusion pitchers available too but I just find them a tad bit on the pricey side. 

Have you ever tried Infused Water?
Share your recipes and experiences about it with me in the comments below.

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Sharmi Shah
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