DIY: Hair Masks {Pamper Sunday}

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Hey guys!

Though I don’t detest summer in Delhi as much as the countless others, my hair does really hate it. Not only does it get greasy in just a day but as the humidity increases it reaches the highest point of frizzy. Over the years, I make sure to give my self a little Sunday hair pampering session whether it may be as simple as oiling my hair or using a fun DIY organic hair mask. Since, I keep really busy from Monday to Friday, one thing that I really look forward to is waking up on a Sunday morning (Yes, im an early riser), having a yummy rather extended breakfast and apply any of these masks before I wash my hair and head off for the day.

Most hair masks make use of certain key ingredients that are used over and over again that really help in  hair growth, strengthening and nourishment. I wanted to share my favorite masks with you along with the key ingredients used in most of them. Other than the 4 masks that I’ve listed below, you can go ahead and create your hair mask combinations depending on your hair type and texture! This infact is a really fun pampering DIY!

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The Key Ingredients 

Eggs: Eggs are rich in protein which helps to make the hair follicle stronger and stronger strands of hair are less likely to break. Therefore, you’ll have fewer split ends. In addition to enhancing resistance to breakage, applying raw eggs to hair also makes it smooth for they consist of fatty acids. The vitamin A in eggs prevent hair breakage, Vitamin D prevents hair loss and balding and Vitamin B12 helps in hair growth.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  Apple Cider Vinegar can function as a hair conditioner since it can improve porosity by sealing the hair cuticle. As a result, hair will maintain more moisture.It is perfect for removing product build-up without stripping hair of its natural oils. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that will combat itchy, dry scalp.

Honey : Honey is an emollient which means it is a natural softener. This makes it a great hair conditioner that smoothens your hair. It is a natural antioxidant, so it tends to make your scalp healthy and stimulate hair growth. We all know that honey is a humectant, it tends to prevent the loss of moisture from your scalp. But honey has also high sugar content which helps to retain moisture. This as a result prevents hair fall and strengthens the hair follicles.

Ginger: Ginger works to increase scalp circulation. When blood flows to the scalp, it stimulates the hair follicles and encourages growth. The fatty acids in the root are great for thin hair. Ginger also has antiseptic properties that work to get rid of dandruff.

Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil, over thousands of years has found itself among the most popular hair conditioners. Fatty acids bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage. Lauric acid is found in coconut oil and has better results than other mineral or sunflower oils when it comes to improving hair health. A coconut oil scalp massage will effectively improve scalp circulation and boost nutrient and oxygen delivery to your hair. he natural antioxidants and nutrients found in coconut oil will deliver critical resources to improve your hair’s softness and luster. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E, vitamin K and iron and effectively eliminates dandruff while boosting hair growth. Coconut oil contains both antifungal and antibacterial properties to protect against dandruff and lice.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Olive oil has long been used as a great way to promote skin health. It also helps the skin of your scalp, and that can in turn boost the health of your hair. Olive oil, as part of a regular hair care regimen, can help your hair and scalp reach their healthiest potential. A hormone called DTH is the culprit in many cases of hair loss, as it causes the hair follicle shaft to narrow. Olive oil actually stops this from happening, which means you can hold onto your hair for longer.  Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants, which can keep the skin of your scalp in better shape. It can even reduce the damage done by hair care products or overuse of styling products.

Banana: Banana is rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins which help in softening the hair and protects the hair’s natural elasticity preventing split ends and breakage. Banana creates manageability, shine, growth and controls dandruff. The Vitamin A strengthens hair follicles as well as nourishing dry hair, Vitamin E promotes healthy hair and scalp. Finally, Vitamin C helps in oil regulation.

LemonA natural astringent, lemon closes the pores in the scalp thereby getting rid of excess oil in your hair. A word of caution though, lemon can visibly lighten hair so make sure you use it diluted with enough water, in the ratio 1:2 for lemon and water respectively.

Milk:  Milk nourishes and cools the scalp and hair follicles. It restores lustre to dull damaged frizzy hair and boosts hair growth. It also acts as a natural detangler and moisturizes  frizzy hair.

Yogurt: Yogurt is a multi-food packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins and a super load of calcium and protein. It has moisturizing properties that help control oily greasy hair by washing away excess oil in the scalp and hair length.

My favorite Hair masks

All the masks are extremely easy to make as the ingredients listed should just be mixed in one bowl and applied to the hair scalp and hair gently. For the masks that contain Banana, make sure that the banana you chose is ripe/over-ripe so would be much easier to mash down. If you have sensitive skin, the mask that contains ginger will definitely sting a little. If it hurts too much, immediately add yogurt for a soothing effect. Once I mix all the ingredients into a bowl, I mix them thoroughly and evenly apply them on to my hair and its roots. Immediately after applying the mask, I take a towel soaked in really hot water and tie it on my head. It’s the easiest way to add natural steam to the hair. This really helps the ingredients  of the mask to really soak in. I make sure that I let this mask with heat rest on the hair for at least 2 hours. I do remove the hot towel within 30 mins but don’t wash off the mask. Once you’re done waiting, go ahead and wash it all of with a mild shampoo. You won’t really need a conditioner if you’re using a mask which contains any oil!

1)  MASK FOR HAIR STRENGTHENING & REMOVING FRIZZ

A)   1 MASHED OVER-RIPE BANANA

B)   HALF A CUP COCONUT OIL

C)   2 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL

D)   1 TABLE SPOON HONEY

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2)   MASK FOR OILY HAIR

A)  1 CUP YOGURT

B)   1 TABLESPOON OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

C)   2 TABLESPOONS OF HONEY

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3)   MASK FOR HAIR GROWTH

A)   1 EGG

B)   1 CUP MILK

C)   5 TABLESPOONS OF OLIVE OIL

D)   1 LEMON

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4)   MASK FOR DAMAGED HAIR

A)   2TABLE SPOONS OF SHREDDED GINGER

B)   HALF A CUP OF COCONUT OIL

C)   ONE BANANA

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Other than these 4 hair masks, I also also two more ingredients occasionally, trying to incorporate them into my pamper routine.

1) Avacado : The oil of the avocado, with its nutty aroma, works wonders on hair. It contains many proteins and vitamins, including A,D, E and B6 as well as magnesium, folic acid, amino acids, copper and iron, all of which can help with both hair growth and nourishment.For the treatment of dry hair, you can prepare hair mask of avocado. For this, puree the inner part of avocado. Add ¼ cup of milk and 1 tbsp of olive or coconut oil in the puree and stir it well. Apply this creamy avocado puree on hair and hair roots. Wear a shower cap for 15 minutes. Wash off your hair with lukewarm water. Else, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil in mashed avocado paste. Apply this paste after shampooing your hair. Let it rest for fifteen minutes. Rinse off with water. You can also use mayonnaise with avocado. Mash the pulp of avocado adding some mayonnaise in it. Massage this paste directly on hair roots and hair. After 20 minutes, shampoo your strands.To get shiny hair, heat some coconut oil for 10 seconds and massage your hair with it. Let it rest for some time. Meanwhile, blend pulp of avocado and banana to form a paste. Apply this paste on hair. After 10-15 minutes, rinse off with shampoo and cold water.

2) Beer : Beer is considered to be a great conditioner for hair and it really does work. Being an excellent tonic, beer is enriched with proteins and vitamin B. To incorporate beer in your hair care routine, Firstly, wash your hair. Spray flat beer all over your hair. You have to simply replace a conditioner with beer. Leave it for some time and use a blow dryer to remove it’s smell. Beer becomes a nourishing conditioner, when added with egg and essential oil. You can also mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in two cups of beer and use it as a conditioner.

If you do try any of the masks, please post a picture on Facebook/Instagram and tag me! You can follow my Facebook page for all updates on my latest posts and my Instagram account for what’s been going on my life 🙂

Phantasmogoria

Phantasmagoria:  fantazməˈgɔːrɪə,-ˈgɒrɪə : a sequence of real or imaginary images like that seen in a dream. Shahpurjat offers numerous moments to experience the same with its splash of art in every nook and corner of the urban village. To compliment these colours I decided to go ahead with a monochromatic outfit and break the myth : Black is not for the summer. I wore printed pajama pants (absolutely love this style) to create a casual day look which works well in the Delhi heat.

The art behind me is by Mattia Lullini and its absolutely fabulous.

photo 3To add some colour to the outfit, I wore a  pastels statement necklace from Faballey that instantly lifted the look making the outfit easily wearable from day to night. Finally, I added the wedges to tie the look together and give me a little extra height.The outfit details: Top – M&S, Pants – Forever21, Wedges – Zara, Necklace- Faballey.comphoto 2

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photo 2One of the nicest stores in Shahpur Jat is definitely the The Wishing Chair which houses a little cafe called the Mad Teapot. I had heard so much about this store and FINALLY ended up going recently.This cafe cum store, tucked into the village is extremely charming and looks straight out of a fairy tale. I absolutely love everything that’s for sale, whether it may be the lights, stationary or simply the girly room decor. They also sell the items online which is extremely convenient if  you don’t want to step out in the heat. However, the little comfy cafe makes a perfect pitstop while shopping or walking through Shahpurjat exploring the art.

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3My favorite element of Shahpurjat is hands down the street art which has added such dynamism to the urban village. Each painted wall tells us a story and takes us into the lives of the artist. All the work is a part of the festival St. Art Delhi that took place a couple of months ago. If you haven’t walked through the entire village and checked out the work, you really must! Here are some of my favorites:

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All outfit photographs are taken by: Madhavi Singh

DIY: Summer Glow

Hey everyone!

Today, I have a short post on some of my at home beauty DIYS! (Do it your Self). All of the masks and scrubs listed below are really soothing and in fact fun to make! Most of them have a cooling effect too which really helps to beat the summer heat. Since it’s exam time, these masks really help me to just sit down and relax while I’m taking a short break!

(I haven’t invented any of these DIY’s, but instead have gotten hold of them from different sources over a period of time.)

Face

1) For perfect summer skin, you can make a pack by mixing together one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this on your face and leave for a few minutes. After about 10-15 minutes, wash the pack off. This allows your skin to appear healthy and glowing. This is also a great way to moisturize dry skin and give it soft and smooth appearance.

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2) Take a quarter of a cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of honey and  one teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients in a little bowl. This mask would be extremely runny so you don’t need to worry about that. You can also add a few drops of almond oil to make the skin  thoroughly moisturized. Apply this face pack on your face and leave it for fifteen minutes.This masks helps in naturally polishing the skin and removing dead skin.

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3) Prepare a Facial Mask by taking half a mashed banana, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of milk. Apply this mixture to your face and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes. Then lean it with soft and moist cloth and finally wash off with fresh water.I highly recommended this one for sensitive skin.

4) Mix half a cup of besan flour (Gram flour),  1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of cucumber paste. (You can do this by putting quarter of a cucumber in a grinder- it really depends on the size of the cucumber). Apply the mask all over the face and neck. After 15 minutes remove it with a clean damp cloth. After 5 mins, wash your face properly with cold water.

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Some Precautions and Useful Tips For Facial Masks:
First of all before applying any facial mask clean your face and neck with fresh water.
Remove all makeup, creams and lotions that may be on your face. Wash your face once  with hot water and a use good cleanser.
It is much better to take a hot shower or a steam bath to clean and open up your pores.
Once you have applied the mask, to wash it off, use cold water.
Before applying any facial mask first take a Patch Test on a little area of your skin. If it creates itching or an allergic effect then immediately remove it from skin and avoid this mask. Other than these facemasks, I highly recommend using an SPF 30 day cream daily even if you don’t step out in the sun too much and are mostly indoors.

Lips 

1) Always keep your lips moisturized . Protect them with a lip balm enriched with SPF 15. Massage your lips with ice cubes .It will keep the them nourished and moisturized.

2) Apply olive oil on lips to give a moisture boost to your lips making them soft.

3) Make your own lip scrub: Take one teaspoon brown sugar, 1/2 tsp honey , 1 tsp olive oil and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, Mix them all together. You can also add some mashed strawberry to give this scrub a pinkish colour.

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Feet

 Scrubing your feet and getting rid of dead skin is extremely important so here’s a really cheap way to go ahead with it. Take 2/3 cup white sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar , 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 lemon and a table spoon of honey. Add all of these into a mixing bowl and whisk.( If you don’t have brown sugar at home you can use a total of 2 cups of normal sugar instead)

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I hope you try these out in a pamper day in or a sleepover with your friends! The next post will be up in 2 weeks since I have exams coming up! x

(All photographs have been taken by Sara Suri)

 

 

 

A winter weekend in Dilli

Hello world!

My blog www.sarasuri.wordpress.com has shifted to www.melangeofmusings.com . As the name of the blog suggests, Mélange of Musings is my personal space for me to talk about pretty much anything and everything! I do have varied interests which range from photography to fashion to sociology. I wanted this space to be a medium for me to express my self whether it may be my gastronomic adventures, travel tales or random thoughts. I hope you enjoy the blog hereafter!

IMG_0098Right before my second semester of my Masters programme started, I decided to explore my favorite Delhi markets! Even though Hauz Khas village, Khan Market and Meherchand Market have been visted and revisited repeatedly there’s something so charming about them that makes me happy, especially in winter. Delhi’s been extremely cold since the past few days and there was definitely nothing more inviting than bacon and sausages at Khan Market or fried oreos in Hauz Khas! It was at that thought that this fabulous weekend began!

Day 1 : I started off by visiting the ‘village’ as it’s popularly known. I couldn’t stop my self from entering this little vintage shop – House of Blondie. I absolutely adore the stuff here as much I love the decor of the store itself which makes me feel like i’ve  entered a fashion time machine. My favorite items at the store are definitely the accessories, especially the necklaces, hands down! Some of their jewelry is also available at www.koovs.com.

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IMG_9996The perfect round sunglasses. EVERYONE, and I repeat, everyone needs to have a pair of these. Theyre extremely versatile and be paired but in numerous ways to pep up any outfit! These ones are available at the House of Blondie itself.

IMG_0007A little insight as to what I wore : I tried to keep the outfit chic while being extremely comfortable and warm at the same time. I ended up sticking to the staple all-black outfit while breaking the monochrome with the cream cozy snood and oxblood nail paint. Outfit details : Black sweater : H&M , Black Jacket : Forever21 , Black leather skirt : Forever 21 ,Black tights : Marks & Spencers

After the visit to House of Blondie, it was time for some coffee! I chose to go L’opera even though I haven’t ever tried their coffee as I’m usually too pre-occupied feeding my self macarons or croissants. I ordered the Americano and it was actually pretty decent! I would still like to stick to their french desserts but the coffee was a decent accompaniment.

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As soon as we got done with the coffee, my friend , Madhavi and I decided to head to New York Slice ,which is AMAZING! It’s  conceptualized around New York as the name suggests. The pizzas are named around areas in New York such Grand Central, Madison Square, Fifth Avenue and so on! This little diner lets you build your own pizza, buy a slice (which is what we did and it was really filling) or buy the whole pizza itself. We ordered a slice of the Grand Central – a classic pepperoni pizza and it was really yummy. It was no where close to being an authentic italian thin crust pizza but then truthfully it never claimed to be! It specializes typically in the American pan fried pizzas, which was (truthfully) what I craved for to beat the Delhi Winter. Along with pizza slice we ordered a portion of the Oreo Delight (Fried Oreos) which was simply out of the world! I havn’t ever seen fried oreos been ofered on any menu anywhere in Delhi and this was a pleasant surprise! They were served really hot , coated with sugar and when bitten into oozed of hot oreo chocolate and cream.

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Day 2 : The next day I went for brunch with to Khan Market at  The Blue Door Cafe. Here, my friend Shirin and I ordered two dishes and decided to split them between us. I ordered ‘The Works’ which was a breakfast special and oh boy, it really did work! They served scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, grilled tomatoes, hash browns , and bread! On the other hand, Shirin ordered the The Blue Door Cafe Hamburger which was a gastronomic delight! It comprised of a pork patty, bacon, bbq sauce, grilled pineapple and melter cheddar.I’d highly recommend going to this cafe and ordering something from their breakfast menu, the italian parma ham and cheese sandwich, the blue door house style crepe and the Blue door cafe hamburger. The cafe opens up as early as 7:30 am which is surely a plus point!IMG_0102

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From Khan Market , we drove down to Mehar Chand Market which is just a few minutes away. We chose to have a cup of traditional turkish coffee at Kunafa which was perfect after our lovely meaty brunch. Kunafa, a confectionary run by Nasser Barakat offers innumerable Arabic delights such as 15-16 kinds of Baklava, 30 differents kinds of Kunefa, dates, figs and honey. Even though its towards the pricier side, its a must visit for anyone who wants to try out some traditional and rich pastry from the Middle East.IMG_0100

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The final pitstop was Chez Nini , a french restaurant where we stopped for the last course : Dessert! We ordered Red Velvet Cupcakes which were rich and creamy yet extremely light.They were the icing to the cake ; an end to the perfect weekend 🙂IMG_0084Details : The red chairs and fairy lights at Chez Nini

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Outfit Details – Dress, Oversized Cardigan , Snood : Forever 21 . On my lips : Colourbar – Take me as I am , Orchid Pink 012 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Thanks a MILLION Madhavi and Shirin for coming along with me and clicking the outfit pictures on day 1 and day 2 respectively. Couldn’t have done with without you both!

Till we meet again, love you all

Sara

The Style Mile

Hello!

I wanted to try something different from my previous post on Dubai and this time thought it would be fun to an outfit of the day! I decided to visit “The Style Mile” and couldn’t resist writing about it! Under the shadow of the Qutub Minar , Style Mile , as the name suggests is one of the most fashionable and leisure- oriented streets in New Delhi. Inspired by European street culture, the style mile brings to you old heritage fused with high street style giving a new dimension to this quaint area in Mehrauli. It has an old world charm along with a non- omissible vibe of luxury. Starting from One Style Mile houses Olive, Kimaya and Crème Salon stretches to Steven Style Mile- also known as the Kila, this road is the perfect way to spend a wintery Sunday.

L’Apéritif

 The first course at Style Mile is definitely the fabulous shopping extravaganza and pure indulgence experience. Offering Indian ethnic apparel , footwear and accessories, you will be truly satiated with the collection at Kimaya (One Style Mile) or Evoluzione (The Kila- Seven Style Mile ) have to offer you. You name the designers and they’re all there under one roof providing you with one of the best Indian luxury shopping experiences in the city. Some of the designer collections that you will definitely spot are by Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Rimple & Harpreet Narula , Rocky S, Shantanu and Nikhil just to name a few. This destination is ideal for finding the perfect Bridal, Festive, Resort or in fact even semi-casual wear. You will also find extremely delicate and intricately designed clutches by Kalaraksha, which are a definite must buy for any wardrobe. Both, Kimaya and Evoluzione are very similar with respect to their collections, however, Evoluzione gives more space to client to explore outfits using colour palettes or browse through designers far more easily than Kimaya. On the other hamd, in Kimaya, the client can easily create an outfit from head to toe without moving an inch. Other than these two stores, Style Mile also houses Sabyasachi @ Carma. Carma Mehrauli, being a heritage property perfectly complements Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s traditional designs as the vintage interiors of the store also designed by him reflect and truly bring out his rich collection. This ASI site, has adopted a completely a traditional persona with rugged walls, chandeliers, old wall hangings, numerous antique clocks.

 

L’Entrée

 As I continued my journey I came across  numerous restaurants, all having one definite thing in common, and that is:  the perfect fine dining experience.  Trishna , the restaurant for Bombay has a spectacular view of the Qutub Minar along with serving it’s signature sea food dishes under the shamianas accounting for a perfect romantic evening with your partner.  The prices do pinch the pocket as a meal will cost nothing less than Rs. 5000 for two excluding taxes and alcohol. If you do happen to try out the Trishna in Delhi, don’t miss their Butter Prawns as they’re an absolute delight to the taste buds. Thai High located in Ambawatta complex also offers a  open air seating (along with an indoor seating) with a direct sceneric view of the Qutub Minar. An authentic Thai restaurant in its essence, the ambience is breathtaking with its Buddha sculptures along with its terrace garden like ambience. Thai High has a private party area too where inviting a few friends for a pleasant and charming evening is a great idea. The most recommended dishes here are the steamed fish with lemon grass and the Thai red curry. Even though the Ambawatta complex does have valet parking, make sure you do have the patience to deal with the chaos of Mehrauli terminal just a few meters away .Finally, Cherie One Qutub, which is a comparatively new European fine dining restaurant, is located right after the Kila, down the road on style mile. The ambience is breathtaking with it’s canopies, hanging wine bottles being used as lamps at the entrance, large windows and plethora of plants giving it a rustic European feel.

 Le Dessert

 Olive Bar and Kitchen, the highlight of the course , is located in One Style Mile is highly recommended if you want to have a nice elongated Winter Sunday Brunch or even a romantic dinner date. The restaurant is absolutely picturesque where the white building almost pushes one into a meditative state. If you are a fan of pizzas, then the wood fired and milano paper pizzas are definitely worth trying. The Brunch leaves you in awe with its never ending fare of fresh grills of prawns and tenderloin, a live pasta station , board of cold cuts, wine refills and mouth watering desserts counter all for 2200 + taxes/person. If you’re not in the mood for lunch, and just want to enjoy a couple of drinks, Dirty Martini is a 1920 speakeasy themed bar that you can access from the back door of the Kitchen. Unlike Olive, the lights are dim and cocktails are served in vintage tea cups giving you multiple experiences within same building itself.

The Style Mile is the perfect spot for a day of indulgence and pampering. Not only is it stunning but also has an extremely romantic and cozy vibe to it!

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Thanks a ton Madhavi Singh for taking all the photographs! You’re truly amazing 🙂

Also, Thanks a lot Neha for coming along with me an exploring this beautiful niche int the city!

Location Courstesy: Thai Hai Restaurant, Ambavatta Complex

What I’m wearing – Jumper : H&M , Leggings : Zara , Shoes : Forever21 , Bag : Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac , Rings : Forever21 , Hat : Forever21 , Sunglasses : Ray Bans . On my lips –  Amplified by Mac & Lasting Finish Matt (103) by Kate Moss- Rimmel London