Monday Magic Makeup

Look WoW
no makeup look
No Makeup

Makeup is like magic that can totally transform the way you feel on a Monday. But if you keep applying the same set of cosmetics in the ‘formula way’, then you would obviously not be able to experience the Wow. Get innovative and try out something interesting like a ‘No Makeup’ look with just 3 Maybelline products like I did.

Here’s how it works for a post-work outing:

radiance Maybelline New York Nudes Palette 2 colour show orange icon# I first applied Maybelline BB cream – Clear Glow – 02 Radiance on my face. I love the texture and the subtle, soft finish it has and makes the skin look flawless.

# Ever since I discovered The Nudes palette of eye shadows, it has become my ‘go to’ solution. I can use the shades of brown, beige and black to define my eyes in as many ways as I can imagine. As an add on, I groom my eyebrow with the tan brown colour and contour my face with the same. It’s a 3 way wonder product for me!

# Since I wanted to keep the lips soft, I opted for a hint coral with Color Show – Orange icon lipstick and felt picture perfect instantly!

-Sayanti Banerjee

It’s K day

Google is informative and sometimes quite surprising as well. This would be just another ‘Monday’ unless I chanced upon the fun fact that it is ‘Kiss Day’! You may find it cute or ‘huh’, I suggest you make it ‘Wow’ your style. Here’s what you can do may be to…

Selfie pout
Selfie pout
Wow update
Wow update

Keep – It – Simple- n- Sweet:

#Wardrobe: If you choose to be fashion forward, sport the quirky lip prints on the attire you wear today. It is trending this season so make the most of it!

Ombray pout
Ombre pout
selfie fun
Selfie fun!

#Accessories: You can sport a neck piece or earrings with lip motifs or even hair accessories to keep it cute.

# Makeup:

You can try an ombre style that MAC Cosmetics Artist, Manseey Vorra from MAC PRO Store, Juhu created for me.

As seen in the pix, I am wearing a bright red -Ruby Woo on the outer rim of my lips and a hint of a fuchsia pink – Flat Out Fabulous in the inner core of the puckers

#Well, pout for a pretty selfie if nothing else since this dual-tone effect will instantly plump up your pout, make you look stunning and wow!

-Sayanti Banerjee

‘Un-sleepy’ Monday Look…

If you think YAWN can be your style statement for the first day of the week, then it’s time to wake up to some magic of makeup. MAC Cosmetics Artist, Manseey Vorra from MAC PRO Store, Juhu, helped me to perfect the ‘Un-sleepy’ Monday look (as I call it!), with smart use of products.

Here’s how to do it:

Un-sleepy Monday Look
Keep it cool

# Make sure to apply a good foundation to create the illusion of a flawless complexion.

# Add a dash of blush on the apples of the cheeks to look fresh.

# Pretty up the eyes by playing with a hint of pop colour towards the inner corners of the eyes.

Also, make sure to blend it into a warmer colour that you can use in the socket of the eyes, towards the outer corners.

#Groom the eyebrows with a dust of dark eyeshadow and fill in the gaps between the hair to make them look fuller.

#Keep the pout soft and subtle with a touch of colour that complements this look beautifully.

Shrug off those Monday blues and get glamourous even while you are @work.

-Sayanti Banerjee

Products used from MAC Cosmetics: Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation; Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash; Fuchsia Pigment; ProLongwear Blush- Fleeting Romance and Spirit Lipstick

Up for a Mid-week Treat?

Come Thursday and you cannot wait to get to the weekend. It almost feels like a mid-week crisis with work to wrap up before you can plan to party. So to make things a bit more fun and ‘spicy’ literally, order in a box of excitement from!


It is a ready to cook meal kit crafted by Chef Ajay Chopra with which you can explore your culinary skills.

What was WoW:

# The preparation instructions are really simple and ideal to get you and your friends to relive the ‘Master Chef’ show on TV.

#You can order the box online and get the menu you like delivered at your home for a quick unplanned party @ your kitchen!

#The portions are measured out well so you do not over eat and feel guilty about cheating on your diet mid-week.

So go ahead and have a blast, guilt free!

-Sayanti Banerjee

Photo Credit: Nidhi Parmar

Burn off weekend calories

While we can stick to a diet of sorts and a fitness regimen during the week, come weekend and it all goes for a toss. Of course you cannot let go the parties to lead a boring life. So once you say cheers to the booze and food that has loads of calories, you gain a lot of fat instantly.

Bye to weekend calories

But instead of cribbing and feeling guilty about it, simply burn it off in ‘Wow’ ways:

Stretch it out:

No matter how lazy you feel, the minute you start stretching your limbs even at your desk, you feel rejuvenated. So try them out and feel relaxed.

Walk up the stairs:

Even if you are bogged with Monday blues and find no time to hit the gym, walk up the flight of starts in your building or in the office. It will be you smart cardio-vascular workout option.

Get grooving:

Dance is an amazing form of exercise that not only boosts your energy but your spirit as well. Simply turn on your favourite music and get innovative with the steps to be able to express yourself best.

No matter what you choose to do, have a blast and feel WoW!!!

-Sayanti Banerjee

Go colourful this monsoon

Monsoons are not all that dull and boring if you decide to play with colours. Bring out the brightest hues from your wardrobe and simply mix and match them to keep things fun. It is not about what you choose to wear, it is about how if carry if off. Here’s how to do it:

colour colMix it up:

Opt for solids and prints so that the combination looks interesting. Floral prints and polka dots never fail to look stylish.

Keep it fun:

Dare to wear bold colours like fuchsia and florescent green? This is the season to do so! It is a nice idea to go bright on a rather gloomy day with over cast skies.

Less is more:

Do not over do as keeping it simple always works as far as makeup and accessories are concerned. A hint of colour like a cheek and lip stain makes you look fresh and vibrant.

-Sayanti Banerjee

Monsoon = Rewind n Romance…

As the rains pour in, you can get a bit poetic and enjoy a love-ly weekend. Re-live the excitement of the romantic month gone by and take a cue from the V-day mood that will help you to catch a rainbow and how 🙂

-Sayanti Banerjee

Dress down ‘wow’ style

Off Day style
Go ‘no makeup’
cool Off Day style
Keep it Simple n sweet (K-I-S-S)

There are days when you don’t really care to dress up or put on makeup and it is not because you are depressed. Such ‘Off Duty’ looks have been made popular by celebs in Hollywood and Bollywood as well. You too can do the same, look cool and casual yet chic and effortlessly stylish.

Here’s how to own it:

>‘No-make’ up look’: Opt for  a flawless base with good BB cream or a tinted moisturizer instead of thick foundation. A dash of lip balm even with a hint of pink, keeps it simple and sweet!

>Classy messy hair: Let your hair down and wear it naturally. Do not style it with any tool or product. Just scrunch it or run your fingers through it, to give a subtle, textured finish.

>Minimal accessories: Keep off ear rings and neck pieces as they look very dressy. You can keep to a pair of sexy sunglasses for the day or even sport a hat to look different from what you do every other day.

Sounds fun right? Try it out for sure like I did and feel ‘WoW’!

–Sayanti Banerjee

Glamup your crowning glory

Do you feel ‘wow’ when you look at the mirror? If not, then it is time to bounce back in style.

The quickest way to do so is by changing your hairstyle! No wonder it is called the ‘crowning glory’ and when you wear it fashionably, you sure make all heads turn.

Here’s the way to do it:

Grecian braid
Grecian braid

Grecian braid:

You can upgrade your look even on a bad hair day with these neat braids at the crown and pin them up behind your ears. Let the rest of your tresses fall over your shoulders gracefully. This hairstyle looks red-carpet chic instantly.

Side swept pony
Side swept pony

Side swept pony:

This style is cute and sexy at the same time. You can dress it up with accessories to take the look from casual to party glam.

Back to school bands
Back to school bands

Back to school bands:

If you wish to keep your hair open with a casual outfit, simply opt for a hair band that goes colour coordinated with your outfit. It looks effortless and fresh for a day out in the sun.

Go fishy:

A fishtail braid can take you from day to evening without having a hair out of place. Just wear it in style and keep the texture a bit messy for a boho-chic appeal.

Go fishy
Go fishy

Try them all over the weekend and smile through more compliments that come your way for spending just 5 more minutes to do your hair in style!

–Sayanti Banerjee

Play with Rainbow hues…

While you are waiting for the rains to splash off the monsoon fun in the upcoming season, you can play with the rainbow hues now. The fashion forecast is that the colour palette for the rainy season is going to be BRIGHT all the way!full eyes shut

Here’s your take #5

#1 A dash of purple liner across the upper lashes of your eyes with a graphic finish, can make you look edgy, boho-cic and glamourous at the same time.

#2 Outline the waterline of your eyes, close to the lower lashes with a pop or a pastel shade according to your mood? It will help to add more definition to the overall look.

#3 Keep the finish shimmery but soft and subtle so that your eye make up does not look too dramatic or OTT (over the top)!

#4 Brush out the lashes with coats of mascara to open up the eyes wider…

#5 You can go bright on the lips with a pink-purple, high-definition pout…

Sayanti Banerjee