Monday, 10 March 2014
Sunday, 9 March 2014
My post on lightening dark Asian hair without bleach seems to be doing pretty good traffic-wise. So, I have decided to do another post on hair colour. I have been colouring my own hair since I was 19/20 and I have done my best friend's hair as well a couple of times. I don't think I have been to a salon in over a year, I snipped of my layers at home when I started lightening my hair to get rid of the thinning at the ends.
Anyway, this post is about red on virgin black hair. We used Matrix SoColor SoRed (the normal red shade they have) with the 30 volume Streax developer I have been using(read about it and what kind of developer to use in the above link). We got them from medplusbeauty, but the colour is out of stock it seems. It was very difficult to get a reasonably priced red from an Indian e-store, the L'Oreal Excellence HiColor Red HiLights every youtube vlogger raves about (for using on dark hair without bleach) costs somewhere north of INR1500($25), which is too much I think for some fun experimentation. This Matrix colour was INR290($4.75) and it worked pretty good. The hair that processed for about 2 hours was the brightest red. The ones at the top were kept for a little more than an hour and even though it wasn't as bright, it was pretty obviously red. According to this website, it deposits so much pigment that the first few shampoos there will be some excess dye bleeding out.
See the before and after results.
She only wanted strategically placed streaks which will show through her braids, she does mean braids, that girl does. See another photo of Rashmirekha with her red hair here.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
The Four Fountains De-Stress Spa in Kolkata invited us over a few months back to review their services, due to various reasons we couldn't make it, but when they got in touch again we knew we had to go.
We chose to go to the Shakespeare Sarani branch near Park Street. In their own words, they have "over 20 spa therapies for de-stressing, de-toxification, immunity and beauty at surprisingly affordable prices."
We were offered green tea when we arrived (also when the session was over we were offered tea and water) and were asked a bunch of questions to determine how stressed we are. We both fall under the "highly stressed out" category. We didn't argue with that. We decided on our treatments and headed onto separate rooms.
Anybody who has been to a spa knows exactly how freaking relaxing it is. I realized one thing; all kinds of body image issues fly out the window when the masseuse starts working their magic on you. I refused to fall asleep as I wanted to experience the whole thing in a conscious state, but I was so relaxed I mumbled when my masseuse, Pratibha (I think that's what her name was, I am really bad with names, but she was oh so good!) asked me if the pressure she was applying was okay. At one point I might have just given her a thumbs up instead of an actual verbal response, but I will deny I did it. I opted for the "Sea-Weed Body Wrap" as I had tanned quite badly. It started with a coffee and cane sugar body polish, after which I was wrapped up like one of Dexter's victims with the sea weed mask on. I was just lying there for about 20 minutes all alone, listening to the soothing music, thinking of the oddest of things. I had to shower twice since it is a two step process, there are individual showers attached to the therapy rooms that ensures complete privacy.
I had opted for an hour long Aromatherapy Relaxation Massage which promised to ease stress and was in accordance with the suggested spa treatments as per my stress diagnostic test. I have had spa treatments before and was singularly charmed by the congenial behaviour of the staff. I was directed to a room where my masseuse for the afternoon, Ranjhita, was waiting with further instructions. She pointed out the (disposable, so no hygiene issues there) clothes I had to change into and left the room to give me privacy as I disrobed. The whole process of letting a stranger massage your less than perfect body can be a slightly daunting prospect for the uninitiated but I am sure that all your fears will be allayed by the amiable and professional approach of your personal attendant. Ranjhita , in my case, was quite simply superlative. The oil was massaged carefully and patiently into my sore muscles after I had specified soft-medium pressure level. The soft percussionist beats of the music which ever so often morphed seamlessly into a lower pitch and tempo, the ambient lights, the obvious expertise of my masseuse almost lulled me to sleep. She seemed to instinctively understand which portion of my limbs required extra attention and acted accordingly. Following the massage I was asked to shower where she pointed out the controls for hot and cold water and I might have grinned at her a tad oddly, still in a haze from the massage.
All we could think of while changing back into our clothes was how to fit in another appointment within the next 4 weeks of classes, exams and other extraneous stuff that plague our schedules. This is an excellent spa centre where the staff is courteous, the therapists skilled and our experience was most certainly enriching.
Take this test to know how stressed you are. Then head over to The Four Fountains Spa. They are located in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Pune, Goa and Chennai.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
I have finally edited the runway photos nicely enough, I didn't take as many as I did last time. I believe in taking fewer shots of things I like and taking good enough ones at that. So, I am finally going to apply that for fashion shows as well. But, all my not so good, but decent shots will feature on my facebook page soon enough. So keep your eyes open, (if you are interested).
His show started with a model doing a fusion dance performance to the instrumental version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal". But, he won me over when for the final walk his models walked to this track from "The Last of the Mohicans" - ♫The Kiss♫
Monochrome, stripes and pop colours for make-up ruled his show. The make-up partner for the Bengal Fashion Week was The Body Shop, and the shades used in this show were from their Colour Crush Range. These are my favourite looks and prints from the show.
Now can you tell me which designers have shown footprints and cow prints before?
And since you all liked the backstage shots post, I have a few others for your eyes only coming up soon.
Sunday, 23 February 2014
I have a particular affinity towards backstage shots (be it a fashion event or a film set). I was at the Bengal Fashion Week (check out my past fashion week coverages by clicking on the label below title of the post). And here's a few of my favourite backstage shots (from Jattin Kochhar's show). I will blog with runway shots as soon as my back stops aching from editing these photos.
This is me(this pic was clicked by Pooja of Dialifestyle), getting my make-up done backstage. They made my skin flawless, see?
I was invited by The Body Shop.