Fall so far!

“Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen” – Anonymous

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Albert Camus

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
Lauren DeStefano, Wither

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”
Humbert Wolfe

“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.”
Joe L. Wheeler

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
Jim Bishop

Hoodies, bonfire, cuddling, cosy sweaters, vibrant colors, warm drinks, long chilly walks, movie nights, leaves changing colors, crisp air, rainy days, blankets, crunchy leaves, Is there anything more beautiful than fall? Fruits, fashion, make up, events, everything speaks of autumn. Autumn is definitely our favorite time of the year, its not just gorgeous, the weather is great and also it brings with it birthdays and of course Halloween.

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Let’s take a look at what all we’ve seen in fall so far.

Fashion industry brought forward some of the most stunning styles for 2016.

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Fall 2016 saw dark pouts, flushed cheeks and glitter took centre stage, while liner got graphic and lashes were messy.

 

Here are some of our favorite pinterest fall/winter wardrobe picks!

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Locks got more vibrant, caramel, chestnut, bronze, reds, even shades of gold

 

While we look at all other wonders of fall, we can’t ignore the importance of skincare.

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As the days grow shorter, the temperatures drop, and the air becomes drier, your skin may lose precious moisture. Autumn is a time of transition, and the best autumn skin care routines will correct any summer damage that has occurred and prepare your skin for winter. Sun, chlorine, and saltwater may have taken a toll on your skin throughout the summer, so fall is a time to exfoliate and moisturize.

  • switch to a soap-free hydrating cleanser. It’s time to put away the gels and bring out the creamy body wash.
  • Exfoliate with an oil-based scrub.
  • Switch from lotion to cream. As the air becomes drier, your skin needs a thicker moisturizer. Creams provide a stronger oily barrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin and provide hydration to this layer of skin at the same time.
  • Protect your lips. Start moisturizing now to prevent dry, cracked lips this winter. Use a non-petroleum based lip balm for best results.
  • Hands and feet often become dry and cracked during fall and winter. Start moisturizing your hands and feet now to ensure soft, supple hands all winter long.
  • it is that time of the year when the showers become hotter than usual giving you a dry scalp resulting in dandruff and flakes. Oil and a good conditioner could make a huge difference. Let’s not forget the wonders of yogurt which is the ultimate natural remedy for dandruff.

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I’m sharing a beautiful song, which is an all time classic from sting..seems perfect for those long walks and cosy nights.

 

Movie lovers, relive the old days and watch “Autumn in New York” starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder. Perfect to make you fall in love with Autumn even more.

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Enjoy the weather, make memories, fall in love!

Ciao!

We are back!

Hello everyone! Yes I realize that I have been away for quiet some time but life has its own way of keeping us occupied in ways that are beyond our control. Anyway I’m back with more to share with you all 🙂 Can’t wait to get started! Let’s begin! Cheers!

Ready, Set, Make up!

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Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, we say in present times it lies in the hands of a make up artist! Make up is an art indeed! If done the right way it can do wonders to help enhance your features and boost your self confidence. It’s not just about what you put on your face but how you put it is what makes all the difference. Skill, Technique, Application!

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Meet Aleen Rehman, an exceptionally talented makeup artist from the capital of Pakistan. She talks to Wings & Strokes about her journey and passion for makeup, has some beneficial tips for summer make up, and offers great advice to the upcoming talent.

Let’s begin

W&S: Tell us about yourself

Ms.Aleen: I am a beauty blogger/makeup artist. I love fashion and shopping. Beyond that, I adore my little dog who always brightens my mornings by waking me up. Lastly, I enjoy traveling and hope to visit Turkey in the near future.

W&S: Where is home?

Ms.Aleen: Islamabad, Pakistan

W&S: What inspired you to be a makeup artist?

Ms.Aleen:  I got inspired by a lot of makeup artists around the world. Especially by seeing their makeup videos on Youtube. The list is endless but my original inspiration was Pixiwoo

W&S: What do you specialize in?

Ms.Aleen: Makeup and hairdos

W&S: Who are some people that have inspired you throughout your journey?

Ms.Aleen: My husband is the one who has inspired me the most. He has always been very supportive and helped me achieve my goals. He has inspired me to do more with my life, to follow my dreams and to be passionate about things that I never planned on doing on my own.

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W&S: How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get your start in the industry?

Ms.Aleen: Its just been over a year, and I started on a very small scale, trying and testing on my family members. They enjoyed being pampered and I enjoyed pampering. In hindsight, it worked out well.

W&S: What do you love most about make up?

Ms.Aleen: Makeup is so much fun to play and experiment with. I love how many colors, combinations and textures there are. And who wouldn’t want to experiment  with their look and different colors? One day you are Maleficent and the other you are Harley Quinn. All it takes is your imagination and you can use it to do lots of amazing stuff.

W&S: If you weren’t a makeup artist, what else would you do?

Ms.Aleen: Definitely become fashion designer, given my love for clothes, dressing up and being obsessed with reading fashion catalogs.

W&S: A website or blog you often visit, or a magazine you swear by?

Ms.Aleen: Harper’s bazaar –  its an American fashion magazine.

W&S: How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?

Ms.Aleen: My signature look is pretty simple. Winged liner, mascara, some peachy or pink lipstick.

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W&S: Did you have any formal makeup training?

Ms.Aleen: Yes

W&S: What is your daily routine as a freelance makeup artist?

Ms.Aleen: Well, I wake up early-ish(thanks to my dog), view my makeup blog and then head towards breakfast. During the day time I usually read on-line articles on makeup and tend to follow up by viewing Youtube videos on the same. If I am motivated enough, I will most likely set up my dressing table and practice a certain makeup style just for the heck of it. Its good for the mind and keeps me sufficiently occupied. My evenings are usually fun TV sessions with my husband. We watch a lot of shows together and just chill.

W&S: Summer is here and we know the challenges women have to face to make their make up last longer, what would you advice?

Ms.Aleen:I would suggest everyone to use oil-free foundations and stick to SPF. Set the makeup with a translucent powder or makeup setting sprays. And try to use waterproof eyeliner and mascara.

W&S: Today’s woman is busier than ever. What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?

Ms.Aleen: Well if I had to turn my day look into night I would apply bronzer on the hollows of my cheek, apply a bright lipstick and  some highlighter on the high points of my face and I’m good to go.

W&S: What three makeup item should no woman leave home without?

Ms.Aleen: Mascara, lipstick , concealer.

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W&S: How important is it today to diversify, to work with multiple clients, or do you work solely for yourself?

Ms.Aleen: Diversity in today’s world has become essential. If you think you are good at something, you should pursue it. Sometimes people shy away from their true-calling and often pursue a lifestyle for the sake of it. However, in my opinion, keeping your options open and diversifying is key in achieving your goal. The more you test, the faster you learn about yourself.

W&S: What brushes do you work with?

Ms.Aleen: Real technique and Mac

W&S: Your favorite song of all time?

Ms.Aleen: Head is a Jungle by Emma Louise

W&S: Your favorite movie of all time?

Ms.Aleen: The Other Woman. Its hilarious

W&S: Photographers that you like to work with?

Ms.Aleen: Its my dream to work with Sebastian Kim. His work can be found in Harper’s Bazaar, muse and many others.

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W&S: What’s your take on selfies?

Ms.Aleen: I have never been into selfies but sometimes I have to take them for by blog.

W&S: What do you think is vastly overrated?

Ms.Aleen: The city of Bangkok.

W&S: If we took a peek in your makeup kit what would we see?

Ms.Aleen: A lot of stuff, especially a concealer, mascara, lipstick and setting powder. My kit is incomplete without these essentials.

W&S: How do you keep up with all the new trends and styles? How do you incorporate them into your makeup repertoire?

Ms.Aleen: Its pretty overwhelming, because trends change in a blink of an eye. So to know what’s ‘hot’ and what’s not I follow online fashion, beauty magazines, Youtube tutorials and makeup blogs. They have got almost everything one needs to know about styling trends, fashion and makeup.

W&S: What is that one thing you wish you had designed?

Ms.Aleen: I designed my wedding dress so no regrets on this front.

W&S: How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs? How does it affect the wear and tear of your tools and how do you feel about the associated expense?

Ms.Aleen: Cleaning your makeup brushes is actually a really important process you shouldn’t skip for the sake of your skin. And I wash them at least once a week. In order to prolong the life of the brushes, we need to take care of them and it really depends  on how you are storing and/or cleaning them.

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W&S: Any particular assignment you would have wanted to take up?

Ms.Aleen: Not one that I can think of to be honest.

W&S: What have you learned from your journey?

Ms.Aleen: Life isn’t perfect; nor do always get what you want. Regardless, pursuing your passion to the extent that it becomes the thing you enjoy the most is the type of happiness one ought to experience. Put simply, you only live once, might as well make the most of it.

W&S: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Ms.Aleen: I believe its more important to focus on making the present count than spending too much time fretting about the future. Making my mark now will most likely determine my future.

 W&S: Tell us about your upcoming projects/work?

Ms.Aleen: Upcoming work includes learning many more makeup techniques and showing my followers the best way to master them. The great thing about makeup is that you can be creative and your upcoming work is always spontaneous and can be anything which people don’t usually do. With regards to projects, I hope that I establish myself to the point where I run a cosy salon. Fingers crossed! 

W&S: Final words of inspiration for upcoming talent?

Ms.Aleen: Like I’ve been saying, pursue your passion and don’t let random indicators deflect your talent. Never shy away from what you fear. Practice makes perfect so if you think you are good at a particular thing, don’t’ think twice, just go for it!

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Follow Aleen Rehman for stunning tutorials and make up tips on 

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Happy Summers Everyone! Ciao!

Beat the Heat with our Summer skin care tips

 

Summer is here and it is impossible to beat the heat and sun rays that constantly damage our skin and hair. Let’s begin by finding ways to minimize the damage and make the most of this weather.

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Your best bet is to make friends with H2O. That’s right! It is extremely important to stay hydrated. Water just about covers all, takes care of your internal and external problems. Keep in mind that if you drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, triple your water intake.

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  • Your lips need attention like your skin. Use a richly textured lip balm with an SPF 15 and reapply when outdoors.

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  • Keep your skin hydrated with masques,  you will find many things that work wonders for your skin right in your own kitchen, cucumber for instance works for your eyes and rest of the face both, i would personally skip a cucumber masque and apply the cool cucumber directly for better results.

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  • Cleansing. Toning. Moisturizing! Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity.Yes, your skin needs a moisturizer in summers considering the amount of heat it will be taking in every day. Choose something that feels incredibly light on your skin.

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  • It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen.: you must apply enough, and apply frequently. A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as would fill a shot glass.Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can and of course choose an oil free product.
  • A tan may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur, and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV.

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  • Take a cold shower, as hot showers further damage your skin and scalp.

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  • Embrace the goodness of summer fruits. Melon is a fruit of choice for beautiful summer skin for treating skin from within. The sweet delicious fruit is rich in antioxidants and delivers a unique hydration to the skin, resulting in a radiant complexion. It is believed that it can actually boost your SPF by several factors.

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  • Don’t forget your hands.The thin skin on your hands wrinkles and pigments easily, so be sure to use sunblock daily. I neglected my hands last year and got a terrible tan with all the driving and sun exposure.

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  • The best tool for an even summer skin tone is probably already in your fridge. Cut a large strawberry in half, take a fork and poke at the flesh to awaken the juices, then swipe it across your face in small circles.Leave it on for about two minutes, then rinse off. This will brighten sun and age spots over time.

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  • Invest in a pair of good sunglasses and a large hat if you like to wear one otherwise a small umbrella should do the trick.

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  • Want to freshen your feet after a day in hot shoes? Soak them for 30 minutes in warm water that’s been infused with a pot of strong black tea.

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    Summers can be long and so its up to you to make the most of it! If you have useful tips to share, feel free to comment below.

    Happy Summers! 🙂

Gorgeous plus size models, truly inspirational!

It is extremely important to know and accept who you are. Tall/ short, dark/fair/wheatish, fat/slim..embrace yourselves and others around you. I came across something that inspired me and i thought of sharing it, knowing the struggle of a woman in the world of today. Remember, being you is what defines real beauty!

 

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Out of all the newish fashion trends the ‘plus-size’ is the most sensational one. The first-rated fashion houses all over the world refill their modeling families with gorgeous plus-size girls. More and more fashion editorials and brands expand to include larger sizes. The high-profile ad campaigns can’t stop to highlight the exquisite beauty of voluptuous bodies. Instagram ‘plus-size’ hashtags and accounts go viral. The beauty bloggers and critics discuss the pros and cons of full-figured beauty. In a word, the plus-size trend has revolutionized the modeling industry with her long-standing standards of body type.
Nevertheless the ‘plus-size’ is still a loaded term and causes a stir at every turn. So while everyone all over the web is trying to offer up an opinion on the ‘genetically gifted’ bodies, missing the thought and stories of the models themselves. These are must-know names of the plus-size modeling world. They really have a lot for you to know.

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Kate Upton

“The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change. I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me!’
This outsized diva has skyrocketed to fame in the fashion world owing to her outstanding shape. She never dreamed she would be high fashion model and one of most talked about personalities all over the world. After her debut in Sports Illustrated she had the extended-size monopoly featuring the 10-size swimwear. She smiled from the covers of fashion magazines showing off her sun-kissed skin and beach curls. Kate is pretty sure that there is no reason to hide the curves. Being plus-sized is a reason to flaunt this fact. That’s why she is blatantly upfront about her body. She keeps the meal plan under control and works out hard at the gym. The full-figured bombshell admits it was hard for her to conceive so many negative statements and non-stop questions like ‘Is she really so fat?’ Now she’s learned to ignored the critics and just enjoy. And you know what? We’re happy she can.

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Ashley Graham

I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too.’
Once in an air-punching moment of scandalous plus-size stream the 16-sized girl in a tiny black bikini blew up the world. Ashley Graham is one of the most famous oversized ladies. Her over-the-top career includes the spreads of the best editions like Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Elle. She has started her modeling career at the age of 12. That’s why the 27-years old model feels absolutely free in the co-working environment of perfectly skinny models. Her considered opinion is that there society needs more body education in schools, because that’s where eating and mental disorders start. Teen girls take the beauty standards too literally and simply have no chance to love their gifted bodies. Changing the fashion industry has never been easy but Ashley broke the barriers down. Let’s give her a standing ovation!

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Tara Lynn

 ‘I like to believe that my pictures are used as an inspiration for girls who struggle with a poor self-image. It encourages them. I get a lot of messages from girls who tell me that looking at my pictures, or from one of my colleagues, makes them feel better and more secure in their body. They are happy to see someone they can identify with.’
The next plus-size trendsetter is body conscious Tara Lynn, who gets men’s heart racing even more than slim models counterparts. She is best known for the cover of Elle France. Then her gorgeous photoshoots spreads appeared in Vogue Italia, CR Fashion and others. She often shares her thoughts about plus-size mainstream and hardly strives for the oversized models rights on their way to being seeing as full-fledged fashion icons. By the way Miss Lynn’s French and Spanish are fluent and moreover she has a degree in linguistics. Who else but the lady like she is capable of stirring a fashion-revolution?!

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I’ve got big hips and a big body. I’m double, triple the size of other models – and I embrace that – I own it.
This ‘body-gifted’ model is well known for her covers of Italian Vogue, GQ and Cosmopolitan Australia. She amazed everyone with her stunning spread of Elle France and the ad works with Mango, Ralph Lauren, Marina Rinaldi, Persona Collezioni. She debuted the exclusive line for H&M. This year she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2015 showing off the bikini from her own line.
You’ll be surprised but moreover she has her own food blog, takes viral photoshoots of her plus-sized colleges and writes articles for the Daily Beast. Now please take a seat because at the beginning of the March 2015 she gave a birth to her first child.
She smiles when someone asking her ‘How is it possible to manage all these things?’ Still people around continuing to guess the secret of her magnetism and unquenchable energy, I just want to call her the true women. Amen!

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Denise Bidot

‘Being you is what defines real beauty.’
The advocate of curvaceous women and the international plus-size model who exploded the fashion standards with a size 14. She was praised to be present on the catwalk by Anna Wintour (OMG!). This full-figured leading diva is a famous TV personality. She even was a part of J Lo and Tyra Banks shows. But she thinks that her main task is to learn the ‘plus-size’ industry and to spread a worldwide message that the only limit of beauty is located in our heads.

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Think Red!

Speaking of red, Coca Cola has over the years launched various Coca Cola statement shirts, caps, bags etc. How many of you rocked Sophia Webster “Share a Coca Cola” pumps in 2015?
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Rita Ora look absolutely stunning as she wore these classy pumps to celebrate 100 years of the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle at the Coca-Cola Contour Centenary Bar in London, England.

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Rita Ora opens the Coca-Cola bar.

 

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She wore a Veni Vici Couture strapless peplum gown with a flowing train and for her second look at the event, she went for a halter-necked red dress and paired with Sophia Webster’s ‘Share a CocaCola’ pumps. Not only she looked stunning, I’d say it was just the right marketing strategy. Thumbs up!