Sunday, 23 November 2014

My cinnamon highlights | Hair

For 2 years now,  I've resisted the urge to highlight my hair, reminding myself that colouring can lead to more hair damage on my dry hair. I spend a lot of time with my Hairstylist Dolma who is an expert with haircuts, styling and colouring! Right before we left to Goa for a destination wedding, she got herself a cute bob cut with gorgeous mahogany streaks that sat so beautifully on her silky smooth hair! I was surprised at how her new look chopped off not only her hair, but also took away 10 years, making her look much younger!!




So on our flight journey, this was the topic of discussion.

I  have major issues with my dry, frizzy hair which can be very unmanageable at times! I've always wanted to add streaks to my hair, without drying it out further and making it look frizzier! Since I wanted a very subtle look, with a hint of colour, Dolma suggested to go for deep reds, mahogany, and browns instead of the lighter golds and browns. Lighter hues draw more attention to frizzy hair so stay away from them unless your hair is healthy and shiny! Plus, I always wanted a reddish brown since it looks amazing on Indian complexion... The moment Dolma suggested I go for a shade called "Cinnamon", my face lit up!! I love cinnamon everything- mixing it in my oats, sprinkling it on top f my coffee, baking cinnamon truffles and even applying it on my face as a mask! 

Even better, Dolma advised me to go for 2 shades - cinnamon and hazelnut.. now how could I say no to that!!??? So she went ahead and alternated between these two beautiful shades to cut the monotony of one colour! 











Dolma gave me a voluminous blow dry after, which lasted me for 2 days! Yes, my weekend was sorted. 

To protect my colored hair, I bought the Wella Professionals shampoo and conditioner (for coloured hair) since it works amazing to keep your hair healthy and shiny! Oh and after your first hair wash, the colour will stand out even more! :)




I absolutely love the haircut and streaks she gave me, I just can't get enough of them!! ^_^

Guess what... For those of you who want to get a haircut or colour from Dolma, she is offering a 20% discount on salon services to all Mesmereyes Makeup followers!! :D Yaaay! Her salon is in Luz Church Road (Mylapore) and her number is +919884759596. 

Hope you guys like the highlights as much as I do! :P Gosh, it's amazing how a new hairdo can make you feel so fabulous!! ;)

Have a beautiful day!

Mwah,
Akriti

Sunday, 16 November 2014

How to curl your hair using a straightener

Okay, I have to admit.. I'm not very good with hair! :S This is the only technique I've learnt because when I studied in Manchester, all of my best friends were pros with hair and makeup! I watched them everyday, while they got ready for class, and wondered when and how I would ever be able to do the same! So I practiced and practiced, and finally I've managed to get it right! Haha :P

So this is my first hair tutorial where I take you through a step by step process on how to curl your hair using a straightener or flat iron. This is one of the easiest ways to get gorgeous curly, bouncy hair that stays on for long! If you're a beginner with hair, please turn off the straightener and practice this technique a couple of times to get a hang of it! Remember to use a heat protector spray before you begin to minimize hair damage.. Good luck! Hope you liked it.. Do comment below and tell me what you think!


Lots of love,
Akriti

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

I've got Eyelash Extensions!

What do Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and I have in common? EYELASH EXTENSIONS!! :)



I was recently invited by NOVALASH in Delhi to try on a full set of temporary eyelash extensions... I couldn't resist since I LOVE long, voluminous lashes! As of now, they cost Rs.4,500 for a set of lashes and they last around 5 weeks which is pretty cool, ideal for bride-to-be's! 

Imagine waking up every morning with gorgeous lashes without  having to apply any mascara!! ^_^

You can watch the video below to find out more about the lashes and my experience with synthetic eyelash extensions! :)



Have a fabulous day!!

Love,
Akriti

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

My Dove Ad | Dove Face Wash | #ReasonsToSmile


What makes me smile? ICE CREEAAAAM!! ^_^ That's the first thing that came to my mind when Dove India contacted me! :D  Infact, when we were shooting for that particular shot, the director paused, made me re-take the shot and said "Akriti, please take a smaller bite!" Haha! :P  

                       


So I arrived in Mumbai a few days earlier for wardrobe trials as we had to finalize a look that was very "me". It was a pleasure to work with Tasneem, the stylist for the shoot.. She created a simple yet chic look which I was extremely comfortable in- beige denims and a crisp white top from Zara! :) I love pearls so we went for classy pearl earrings and a simple pearl necklace from Accessorize (my fav!) 

Keeping myself hydrated and eating biryani at 1am! Haha :D 

I was blown away when I reached the sets.. It was AMAZING!! They pay attention to detail, and I mean minute details like the colour of a book kept on the side of a table or the position of a flower which was completely out of focus but still shows in the frame or even a scratch on the table which could hardly be seen.. 

Lights. Camera. Action

I wish I could take this home!

How pretty is that??
Overall, I had a blast shooting for the Dove face wash ad- I felt like a queen sitting on a throne in my vanity! Haha... to be very honest, I felt bad and guilty at the same time when I was given so much attention!! :P

I hope you guys enjoy watching the ad! Do check out the face washes, they come in 3 variations- Deep Pore, Beauty Moisture, Go Fresh.. Choose the one that suits your skin type: Normal/Dry/Oily. You need less than a pea-sized amount of the face wash since a little goes a long way! These face washes form a velvety lather that removes dirt and grime from your face, you'll feel clean and refreshed after! :)

I would love to know what puts a smile on your face! Comment below and tell me, what are YOUR #ReasonsToSmile! :)

Keep smiling! :D

Lots of love and hugs,
Akriti








Monday, 13 October 2014

NIVEA GIVEAWAY | Whitening Sensitive Deodorants

Hi my beauties,

This month is giveaway month!! ^_^ I'm running another contest on my blog, this time it's a NIVEA giveaway, where 3 lucky winners get an exciting hamper of assorted products from Nivea! :) Yaaay!



Nivea White Sensitive deodorant helps you get rid of dark, patchy underarms while caring for the skin since it has 0% alcohol. It gives you the freedom to #gosleeveless! 





Nivea recently launched a range of whitening deodorants with 0% alcohol, I had to read that twice.. 0% alcohol??!! PHEW. I was so relieved when I found out, I'm fed up of using products that contain alcohol! 





To qualify for this give away, here are the guidelines to follow:

1. Follow my blog 
2. LIKE my Facebook page
3. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel- www.youtube.com/akritisachdev
4. Follow me on Instagram @mesmereyesmakeup
5. Give a quirky tag-line (under 15 words) on 0% alcohol deodorants! (You must type your tag-line in this blog, on the comments section at the bottom of this page AND also type it on instagram and end it with #nivea #gosleeveless #mesmereyesmakeup #giveaway) 

Come on guys, put your thinking caps on and get creative! :D I'm looking forward to all your comments! Please do participate, let's have some fun!! The contest will close in 7-10 days, the team at Nivea will choose the top 3 winners who will receive an exciting Nivea hamper delivered to your doorstep! 

Good luck and lots of love,
Akriti :) 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

GIVEAWAY | 3 Year Anniversary | India

Ahhhhh!! 3 years and counting!! Thank you guys for your unconditional love, support and encouragement! This video is dedicated to each and every one of you'll, who have stood by me through my wonderful journey! It's time I give back to YOU guys!! :* 

Watch this video to find out the rules to enter the giveaway :)



This hamper includes exciting goodies from Party in a Box Chennai, a Sally Hansen 18 Hour Protective Hand Cream, a Bed Head 'Small Talk' Thickifier and a perfume by Orifalme- More by Demi! 

One lucky winner gets this hamper worth Rs.6,500 delivered to your doorstep! (provided you live in India! :)

The contest closes in 10 days, on 21-10-2014

GOOD LUCK!

Thanks a ton everyone!

Tight hugs,
Akriti :) 



Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Classic Black Smokey Eyes | Video | Indian Skintone

It's here it's here!!

Classic black smokey eyes is a versatile look that flatters Indian complexion and is a top favourite amongst Bollywood actresses, be it Rani Mukherjee or Kareena Kapoor! You can experiment with pretty much any colour by replacing it with the black eyeshadow! It's one of those sexy, sultry looks that will never go out of fashion... team it up with any outfit from your wardrobe and look like you're straight off the runway!!

Watch this video to learn how to rock this look and stand out from the crowd!! :D 



I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel, like the video and comment below!! :D 

Have an amazing day,
Akriti