A mehndi is a pre wedding ceremony which is also the first wedding event where both the bride and groom are present. Turmeric is applied to the brides face, and mehndi is applied to her hands and feet as well as on the guests. There’s music, dancing, and a couple of wedding rituals too.
I kept my makeup simple once again, and that’s because people usually go for a more natural look for the mehndi.
For my base, I’m wearing Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation in the shade Buff Beige. On my cheeks I used Essence Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll. The bronzer I used was Hoola by Benifit. For my highlighter I used the highlight shade in the Essence All About Sunrise eyeshadow palette. I lined my eyes with the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer 42. The masacara I used was Maybelline Colossal Volume. To set my makeup I used Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder. I finished off the look with Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm in Rendezvous.
I curled my hair using the Nume curling wand in 25mm which came in my Octowand set. I sectioned my hair into 3 parts and curled 1″ sections, alternating directions. I made sure to leave 1/2″ off the bottom of the hair as well as from the top (so the curls isn’t too close to the scalp). For my top sections however I teased the hair and started the curl higher up. I topped it off with a headpiece which I purchased off eBay.
Pakistani weddings are honestly so lit! The good food, awesome music, and beautiful clothes are honestly what make me appreciate my culture more💚
For my outfit, I wore this beige and red maxi with silver detailing on it. It came with red trousers and a red dupatta. I paired it up with jhumkein, a silver teeka, silver necklace, and red chooriyan. For my shoes, I wore gold and silver sandals (which you can’t see, so I apologize).
For my base, I used Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation in the shade Buff Beige. On my cheeks I applied Essence Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll. The bronzer I used was Hoola by Benifit. For my highlighter I used the highlight shade in the Essence All About Sunrise eyeshadow palette. Using the same palette, I applied the second shade on my eyelids. I tightlined my eyes with the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer 42. To line my eyelids, I used the Essence Eye Pencil in Black Fever. I also used the same eyeliner on the outer half of my lower lash line. I skipped the wing because that takes me too much time and I was running late. The masacara I used was Maybelline Colossal Volume. To set my makeup I used Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder. I finished off the look with the Essence Lip Liner in Red Blush and their Long Lasting Lipstick in On The Catwalk.
For my hair, I followed a hair tutorial by BodmonZaid. To curl my hair I used the 25mm barrel from my Nume Octowand set.
In Pakistani culture, a dholki is an event that leads up to the mehndi, or the overall wedding events. This event is usually women’s only, but sometimes men are invited too but they sit seperetly in another area when the music and dancing starts. Dholki derives from the word “dhol” which is the drum that you see in the center of the picture. During the dholki, someone plays the dhol while all the other woman sing and clap along. The songs sang are usually wedding songs which relate to the bride and grooms new relationship. Dholki’s can be kept from both the groom or the brides side, but they DO NOT attend each others dholki’s.
For my outfit, I wore a white kurti with blue embroidery and sequins on it. The kurti came with a tulip salwar with little balls on the side of the salwar which are also present on the kurti. Of course the kurta salwar came with a blue dupatta. The whole suit was bought from Kohinoor. As for accessories, I wore blue chooriyan (bangles) with blue and silver jhumkein (Pakistani earrings- which you’ll see in the next picture). For shoes I wore the same sandals which I wore in the bridal shower (from Forever 21).
I decided to wear the same makeup I wore to the bridal shower with a couple of changes.
For my base, I’m wearing Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium Sheer Tint. On my cheeks I used Essence Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll. I decided to use bronzer this day, so I wore the NYC Bronzer in Sunny. For my highlighter I used the highlight shade in the Essence All About Sunrise eyeshadow palette. I tight lined my eyes with the Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever and even smudged a little on my lower lasheline. On my water line I used the same product but in the shade Tu-Tu-Turquoise. The masacara I used was Maybelline Colossal Volume. To set my makeup I used Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder. I finished off the look with Wet ‘N’ Wild Matte Lipstick in the shade In The Flesh.
For my hair I decided to do beachy waves. I know it looks likes curls in the picture but I promise they were beachy waves!! To achieve this look I used the Nume Curling Wand in 25mm which I got in my Octowand set.
To kick off the wedding month, the first function was a bridal shower. Bridal showers aren’t a thing in my culture but of course people still have one if they’d like. This happened to be my first bridal shower (since I’m still a teen), and I don’t think I’ll be going to one in a while 😛
First off we have my outfit. I decided to wear a pastel blue dress which I got from Burlington Factory a while back. The dress is sleeveless with a lace back and two slits down the sides of the dress. I paired this with a white cardigan and white tights underneath because of the slits. For shoes I wore white sandals (which I know you can’t see because I hate my toes) which I got from Forever 21. On my ears (which you can see in the picture below) I’m wearing white pearl earrings.
For my makeup I kept it really simple. I’d just like to mention that my makeup won’t be anything extraordinary in any of the wedding functions since makeup isn’t something I’m great at.
For my base, I’m wearing Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium Sheer Tint. On my cheeks I used Essence Silky Touch Blush in Adorable. For my highlight I used Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer WHICH I DO NOT RECOMMEND. If you’d like to see why, check out my last post here. I still ended up using it though because since I have it I might as well use it than waste it. I tight lined my eyes with Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever and even smudged a little on my lower lasheline. On my water line I used the same product but in the shade Tu-Tu-Turquoise. The masacara I used was Maybelline Colossal Volume. To set my makeup I used Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder. I finished off the look with a little bit of Vaseline on the lips.
I also ended up keeping it simple with the hair and just straightned it.
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Cost: $300USD (Nume has a lot of coupon codes that offer great discounts. I bought mine for $99USD+free US shipping)
18mm to 9mm, 19mm (3/4″), 25mm to 19mm, 32mm (1-1/4″), 25mm (1″), Reverse (narrower at tip)=13mm-25mm (1/2″-1″), Pearl (alternating 13mm and 25mm diameter), 13mm (1/2″)
- Quick shipping (mine took 2 days)
- Adjustable temperature (170°F-450°F)
- Digital temperature control screen counts up to temperature and turns green when ready. Light blinks in blue when plugged in but turned off.
- Heats up in seconds
- Swively cord
- Curling set comes with glove
- Comes in small carrier case making it easy to travel with
- Easy to change barrels
- Hair doesn’t slip off the barrel while curling
- Power button must be held, not clicked. This is good so you don’t accidently turn the power off when curling your hair.
- No resting stand
- curls from smallest barrel don’t stay frizz free
As most of you know, my hair had been getting thin over the past couple months so I had cut it. Along with the cut, I had decided to use a new shampoo to help with the breakage. I chose Organix Anti Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo.
Organix is a brand I have used before. When I first started my hair growth journey in 2012, I bought a shampoo of their’s called Organix Nutritional Acai Berry Avocado. The reason why I switched to Organix was because their shampoo’s are sulfate free. After falling in love with it and using it for a couple of years, that line was unfortunately discontinued. I then had to switch to a different company that was also sulfate free, but I didn’t like it as much since it only came in one type (Moroccon Argan Oil).
Now before I get into how well this shampoo performed, I want to talk about a few other things. This shampoo retails for $7.99 at Walmart which is a little pricey for 385mL of product. The packaging is different from other shampoo’s I’ve seen.. it comes in a round like bottle. The scent to me smells slightly berry like which surprisingly I don’t mind. Lastly is the product itself which has a golden colour and slightly runny consistency.
I have been using this shampoo for a month now and this is what it’s done to my hair so far:
First use: no difference
Second use: less breakage.
Third use: less breakage in shower and when brushing
Fourth use: less breakage in shower. No breakage when brushing.
Fifth use: felt slightly thicker.
Overall I like this shampoo for controlling breakage and would recommend it to people having the same problem.
Donating my hair is something I’ve always wanted to do ever since I had grown my hair out. Last year around the same time as today, I thought I was finally going to chop my hair off, but I didn’t. Today however, I finally did.
If I’m going to be completely honest, I was a little nervous about cutting my hair at first because I thought I’d regret it. I knew I had to cut it though because my hair had been getting really thin lately, and donating my hair is something I know I wanted to do, so I finally did it. And thankfully, I love it (atleast for now :P).
If anyone’s wondering what I asked for…
– long layers
– “U” shape
– face framing